Back to School Hairstyle Ideas: 20 Looks Worth an A+
Whether you're prepping your little one's schedule or gearing up to start class again yourself, a brand new 'do is the perfect way to kick off a new school year. That's why we rounded up the 20 best classroom hairstyles that are guaranteed to get an A+ in the beauty department. From low-key down looks like Kiernan Shipka's tousled curls and Taylor Swift's breezy bangs to polished updos like Bella Thorne's top knot, these great hairstyles will motivate you to get you out the door and into class before the bell rings -- all while looking on-trend. Click to see each look now.
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Waves: Kiernan Shipka
The Mad Men actresses’ tousled, wavy ‘do will dress up even the most casual back to school attire.
Top Knot: Zendaya Coleman
Give your classic bun a boost of volume this fall by sporting an oversized version of the top knot like Zendaya Coleman. Prep for the daring style by backcombing your high pony and begin twisting your bun into the size and shape you desire.
Hair Accessories: Elle Fanning
A jeweled circlet will quickly add a touch of sparkle to an otherwise simple hairstyle. Place it on the top of your crown to score Elle Fanning’s angelic, halo-like appearance.
Bangs: Taylor Swift
If you’re looking to switch things up this school year, Taylor Swift’s eye-skimming fringe is an easy way to spice up any hairstyle.
Bangs: Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen’s bold signature bangs work with her long layers to frame her face flawlessly.
Bangs: Willow Smith
Willow Smith looks all grown up and perfectly polished with a set of sharp bangs and a long, sleek bob.
Curls: Vanessa Hudgens
Head back to school with voluminous curls like Vanessa Hudgens. Prevent your spirals from frizzing up by applying anti-frizz serum to damp hair, scrunching it dry under a diffuser.
Curls: Bridgit Mendler
The Disney star’s shiny, sculpted curls are the perfect mix of sweet and sophisticated.
Curls: Yaya Dacosta
Take a break from taming your mane and embrace your hair’s naturally curly texture with voluminous ringlets like Yaya DaCosta.
Hair Accessories: Kirsten Dunst
Consider Kirsten Dunst’s thick black headband a back to school hair essential. It’s both stylish and a quick fix for any second (or even third) day hair dilemma.
Hair Accessories: Katy Perry
Put the finishing touches on a side swept style with a cute hair clip similar to Katy Perry’s.
Hair Accessories: Carrie Underwood
A big, embellished headband is an easy way to make a statement. Tuck your bangs underneath to achieve Carrie Underwoods’s laidback bohemian vibe.
Long Layers: Selena Gomez
Versatile enough for any hairstyle, Selena Gomez’s long, layered locks give her thick mane some extra movement.
Long Layers: Miranda Cosgrove
Instead of working against her round face shape, Miranda Cosgrove’s long layers help to add body and definition near the ends where it's needed.
Ombre Highlights: Lauren Conrad
proves the ombre hair trend is here to stay with dark roots gradually fading into blond tips.
Straight & Sleek: Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice’s sleek, shiny ‘do will always be a back to school favorite. Smooth on some shine serum before blow drying to get her high gloss finish.
Straight & Sleek: Kendall Jenner
Put your flat iron to work to achieve this super straight style. Before applying any heat to your hair, be sure to spritz on an even amount of heat protectant spray to keep your strands looking healthy and smooth like Kendall Jenner’s.
Straight & Sleek: Hailee Steinfeld
’s stick straight style looks elegant and chic - and doesn’t distract from her bright makeup.
Top Knot: Bella Thorne
A high top knot like Bella Thorne’s is not only an easy way to look polished in the classroom, but it will keep you cool on those hot end-of-the-summer days you’ll most likely face as you head back to school. To get the look, tie your hair into a high ponytail and begin twisting your strands around the base into a bun shape, keeping ends tucked underneath. Secure with bobby pins.
Top Knot: Amandla Stenberg
There’s no doubt that top knots and braids will continue to be major hairstyle staples this fall, making this fun, flirty updo a perfect way to top off any back to school ensemble. Working in a cute embellishment like Amandla Stenberg will instantly take your basic top knot to the next level.