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Back to School Hair Styles – Are You Ready?

Back to School Hair Style Tips

Have you thought about what to do with your hair? Maybe you haven’t but as your on-line hairdresser, I’ve been thinking of you – and what you will be up against. Back to school means you will have less time each morning to fuss over hair styling. You’ll need quick easy, no fuss hairstyle that hopefully will look great and be flattering.

So here are my tips for making the transition from easy-living summer hair, to back to school hairstyles.

Keep it simple–Your hairstyle should work with your hair type not against it . . . end the battles and go with the natural grain of your hair. Unless you are very talented with styling your hair, you will find any big change will mean more time upfront on your hair styling routine each morning. When you’re pressed for time, this is stress you can do without. Save the new back to school hairstyle change till after you are into your new routine and are settled in. If you want to make a change, remember less-is-more. A small change can do wonders! Cut in bangs, grow out bangs, partial foil hair color, semi-permanent hair color.

Back to School Hair Styles


Get it healthy–Summer can leave your hair, dry, split ends and faded from the sun. If you swim in salt water or a pool you need some TLC to get back to healthy, shiny, and more vibrant hair. If your hair is damaged looking, it won’t look good, no matter how much you spend for the right hairstyle.


Try this routine!

  • Use a clarifying shampoo, once a week if needed to rid your hair of product buildup.
  • Do a deep hair conditioning treatment, once a week, after clarifying. Use a shower cap or Saran wrap and towel to generate heat, leave it in your hair for at least 20 minutes in order to penetrate the hair shaft deeper.
  • Add moisture if you have dry hair, by using a good hair moisturizing conditioner or moisturizing leave-in hair conditioner.
  • Add protein if your hair is lifeless. That is a hair conditioner with collagen and elastin which adds a slight feel of thickness to the hair.

Learn 3 different ways to style your back to school hair–By spending a little time spent up front learning just a couple new hair styling techniques, you will give your hair a break, save yourself time every day and get a reputation as being fashionable too! Too many women I see, assume the part of being hair styling impaired or just can’t visualize a different way of styling hair.

You will probably have a favorite way of hair styling, but by changing it around a bit, it won’t get old and tired looking. You will be seen as more creative too! At every haircut appointment you have, ask your hairdresser to show you a new way of styling your hair. Make sure to get the styling hair care product recommendations at the same time. You don’t need to buy the hair salon product, however, you will need the same type of product to achieve that particular look for your hair type.

  • Learn how to use one new hair styling tool. Try a flat iron, different size curling iron, velcro rollers, hot rollers, rag rollers, bendy rollers, pin curls, roller brush iron, blow dryer with round brush attached, diffuser.

Learn to style with a product only and give your hair a break. Try one of these: gel, spray gel, mousse, pomade, serum, curl enhancer, shine product, smoothing product, styling cream, root lifter, sculpting lotion, thermal spray, volumizer.

  • Learn an updo. If your hair is long enough, learn one new way to get a classic, casual, contemporary or elegant look and change your look totally and quickly. A hairdresser, who is into their trade, can help you out here. Your hair doesn’t need to be as long as you may think to do some of these hairstyles for school girls.
  • Learn to braid, they are back. Classes are given at my local Community Education, check it out in your area. The library is another source for learning to braid. Grab any teenage girl with long hair, she can probably WOW you with the back to school hairstyle possibilities.

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4 Classic Back to School Hairstyles for Long Hair

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Learn these hairstyles and up your style

Sometimes when we girls get consumed with work and the repetitiveness of school, we sometimes forget to pay attention to our hair. Whether it is dashing out of the house to get to school on time, or rushing overdue homework in the wee hours of the night, we all know that bad hairdos in the morning are massive mood dampener! While we all want a cute hairstyles for school, we also want to change it up and keep looking fresh everyday.

These basic 4 hairstyles for long hair are classics!  Learn how to do these looks and you’ll have hairstyles to last you throughout the year. They all can be changed to have an entirely new look, by slightly styling  them differently and by adding a variety of accessories.

Rihanna with a curly ponytail a perfect school hairstyle

Finding the Perfect Ponytail

When we first think of quick and easy school hairstyles, simple ponytails come to mind. They are great for any occasion, be it a day-to-day look or a formal event at school. But the challenge remains, how do we master the perfect long hair ponytail?

For a clean look, make sure you first brush out all tangles in your hair. Then use a fine-toothed comb to sweep back your hair and tie your pony. If you have straight hair, comb and iron it for more extra sleek look before tying. If you have slightly wavy hair, add some mousse and use rollers to add more body and bounce to your hair.

Ponytail hairstyles are worn straight back, high, low, half-up and to the side. Leaving some face framing layers out softens the look and makes it a more boho type of style. Adding accessories like headbands, scarves or big chandelier earings like Rhiannas, changes your look entirely. So, don’t settle for just one type of ponytail, when you can wear it  multiple ways!

Leighton Meester wearing her hair down with hair band

Wearing it down and natural

Hair bands are certainly a girl’s best friend, you don’t need a particular hairstyle to pull it off and they are very affordable. Furthermore, you can experiment with a variety of hair bands, from the monochromatic to elaborate bows with added embellishments. Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl is well-known for pioneering the hair band craze.

Wearing your hair down and natural is easy but needs some attention.  With a spray of mousse or a bit of hair texturizer, your blow-dry style or curling iron style will hold. If you have long curls, scrunch your hair in an upward motion with a bit of mousse or light hair product  to create a more defined natural curl.


Girl with high bun updo with a headband

A ballerina bun or a chignon

Wearing it down isn’t your cup of tea? Consider a ballerina bun instead. A low chignon or bun is another version of this style.  It is a practical hairstyle and only needs a handy hair tie with some strategically placed bobby pins to hold it. If  you feel too exposed pulling back all of your hair, you can wear your bangs down or just drop out a  few loose strands on your forehead. Hair bands are a great way to add an extra touch to this style!

Hairstyles 2014 Braids

Braids, Braids and more Braids!

Don’t forget the braids! There are so many ways to braid your hair and that adds diversity to your pool of hairstyles for school. If you are limited in the types of braids you can do, it’s well worth your time to learn some how-to’s. Have a get-together with girlfriends and make a night of it. Share your talents and practice on each other . . . practice does make perfect with braiding and you’ll have fun doing it!

You Tube is  full of video’s that give braiding techniques; bohemian braids, fishtail braids, a variety of french braids and such that are great school hair styles.  OH . . .if you haven’t heard the latest, check out the new braid bars! This is a great idea for special events, they will teach you something new and they last for days!

For more great looks check out our Pinterest Kids Hair Board

Barb Quinn on Google+  

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