The first few weeks of school is nothing short of a fashion show. Kids can’t wait to show up with their fresh clothes, new school supplies, and most importantly, new hairstyles and cuts–especially our little girls. Elementary school is a time where moms, dads, and older siblings alike are still in charge of hair, so you know it’s part of our job to not only make them look good but help them feel good about how they look as well. Below are 4 cute and easy back to school hairstyles (and some great tips!) to help your grade schoolers start the school year off stylishly right!
Braided Chunky Twist Ponytail
To do this hairstyle, all you need is some basic braiding and twisting skills. Cornrow the hair in the direction of a high ponytail and style the remaining hair into neat, chunky twists. Not only is this hairstyle perfect as a protective style for the unrelaxed kiddies, but it’s simple enough to dress up with any bows and barrettes you want.
Grades: Kindergarten – 6th grade
Tip: Trying different variations of the hairstyle like wrapping the ponytail into a bun or turning it into a twist out will extend the life of the hairstyle, turning one look into multiple and making it last all week!
Side Twist or Braid w/ Low Bun
This is a great go-to style because it looks like a lot of time and effort was put into it, but really, it’s just a cute spin on a simple bun. After you decide where you want the side part to be, slick the large side down and loosely braid or twist into a half crown; brush down the other side, secure into a ponytail, and pull into a bun.
Grades: Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Tip: For a more elaborate bun, twist or braid it before securing it. Do what is easiest for you, and puts the least tension on your child’s hair.
Front Twists w/ Braid Buns
For this cute style, part your child’s hair from ear to ear. The top section should be put into multiple two strand twists, while the bottom is braided into a bun. Make sure all the twists are falling to one side, and are tight enough so that they won’t come loose during the school day. To fix up the ends, do a quick finger coil or flexi rod them.
Grades: 2nd – 5th grade
Tip: Use an oil or pomade when twisting and braiding your child’s hair to keep their hair protected and healthy. If you want to style their hair the morning of, make sure it was washed, dried, and maybe even stretched the night before to make the process quicker and easier.
Criss Cross Braids w/ Puffs
At one point or another, we all rocked the all too familiar afro puffs. This particular style adds criss crossed braids to the classic look–parting a section of the hair into about 6 boxes, braiding each section, styling them into a criss cross pattern, and placing the rest of the hair into two basic puffs.
Grades: 1st – 4th Grade
Tips: For more advanced braiders,you can easily braid the end of one braid into the start of another to make it all look seamless. For beginners, there’s no shame in braiding each piece individually and crossing them over afterward–you can always secure them with small, nearly invisible bobby pins!
This style by GlamFam is a bit more intricate but super gorgeous watch below: