Back To School: 20 Gorgeous Hairstyles For That First Day Impression

The first day of school is a very big deal no matter how old you are or what grade you are entering. It’s a fresh start; a new beginning. The very first day has the possibility to set the stage for the rest of the school year. You are definitely going to want to look your absolute best on the first day of school.

You probably have the perfect outfit, the best shoes, and the prettiest makeup already planned. But have you given a lot of thought to your hair choice, yet? What is happening on top of your head will give off a huge impression. A good hairstyle takes planning and practice. There’s no better time than now to pick how you want to look on that first day of school. Who knows, maybe that day will be the day you attract your one true love? Hey, it can happen.

If you aren’t sure where to start with choosing the best hairstyle for the first day of school, no worries. We are here to help you! Check out these brilliant hairstyles and decide which one can help you put your best foot forward when it really counts.

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20 Lazy Curls For Those Unbearable Lazy Days


Getting ready for the first day of school after the glorious days of summer can really be a drag. The idea of getting up early to make yourself presentable to the outside world sounds painful.

Maybe you’ve decided you look the best with some loose curls.

However, if you’ve ever curled your hair, you know how long of a process it can be to do it right.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend forever curling your hair with this awesome heatless curling method from Luxy Hair. All you need is a hair tie, some water, clips, and a good hairspray.

19 Spice Up The Day With The Twisted Half Up Hairdo


If you like your hair out of your face, but don’t necessarily want the whole thing pulled back, a half-up hairstyle is what you want. Straight-haired people know how hard it can be to get some volume in your hair, especially if you’re pulling some of it back. The trick to getting around this issue is a chic, twisted rendition to the half-up hairdo.

Real Simple can turn that plain hairstyle into something completely fun and modern in just four simple steps. According to Real Simple, “This style is remarkably simple – a couple of twists, a few pins, and you’re done – and yet it’s undeniably striking.”

18 Brush It Off With A Side Ponytail


If you’re anything like me and have basically no hairstyling skills, you are probably looking for something that will cause the least amount of stress on the first day of school. After all, you do have a ton of other things to worry about, like finding the right classrooms on campus.

This wrapped-around, side ponytail is the perfect hairstyle to look great with the least amount of real effort.

The low position of this ponytail says, “Hey, I’m stylish and looking to do great in school.” Missy Sue shows us all how to accomplish this wrapped side pony in just six steps.

17 Show No Mercy With The Snake Braid


Okay, so you’re more of the wild child on campus? That’s totally fine. Giving yourself a snake braid is a brilliant way to show you aren’t just about having fun. It’s a serious braid that demands attention and excellence.

There is so much you can do with a snake braid; you can make it part of your bun, or put more than one all over your hair if you’re feeling extra Medusa on the day. Accomplishing the snake braid does take a little more patience when doing your hair that first day of school, but WikiHow makes it look so simple.

16 Impress With A French Fishtail Braid


A fishtail braid is one of the most popular styles of braids, next to French braids. Now, what if you put together the fishtail and the French braids? Talk about making a statement.

This hairstyle takes a ton of technique and is not for the faint of heart, but if you can accomplish something like this, that first day of school will be a walk in the park.

Luxy Hair acknowledges the difficulty in creating a perfect French, fishtail braid, but they sit down and show us just how to rock out this hairstyle all by ourselves. Remember, practice makes perfect with any new hairstyle.

15 Be Prestigious With A Braided Side Bun


Nothing says, “I’m here to learn,” more than a nice bun. If you want to show a little bit more of your fun side with your hair than a simple bun, putting in a side braid is the best way. The idea of combing two separate hairstyle techniques into one will always feel daunting, but if you take things step by step, it will all work out.

A lot of people would consider this hairstyle perfect for formal occasions, but who says you can’t feel fabulous on that first day of school, too. Cute Girl Hairstyles breaks this hairdo down into eight manageable steps.

14 Let Loose With A Loose Side Braid


Loose side braids may look like you don’t care, but anyone who knows hair knows it takes work to get that wild look.

“Between technique, product, and luck, it takes just a little bit of practice, but when you get it right, this braid can’t be beat,” explains Style Caster.

This hairstyle is great for that first day of school. You will walk on to campus looking casual and glamorous. With this hairstyle, listening to your professor yammer on for an hour could be more fun. Style Caster gives an easy step-by-step process to achieving this must-have braid.

13 Remember The Summer With A Low Beachy Ponytail


Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean you have to take yourself completely out of the beach vibe. Enter into the first day of school with a low, beachy ponytail and feel completely at ease. The low ponytail is totally low maintenance and quick to create.

According to Glamour, by using a curling or wave iron, you can add some texture to your low ponytail to give it that “all day at the beach” feeling. You can add your own flavor to this style by putting in a whimsical braid or a sleek wrap around. No matter what you choose, you’ll be feeling more relaxed on campus.

12 Feel Out Of This World With Messy Space Buns


Space buns were all the rave during the 90s, and they are making their comeback in a big way. People usually rock these messy buns during festivals and other major group gatherings, but it doesn’t have to be restricted to those events. You can totally put on a show of your own on the first day of school with some nice space buns.

These double buns are sassy and simple to make.

According to Twist Me Pretty, anyone with fingers, bobby pins, hairspray and well, hair, can give themselves a nice pair of space buns with ten easy steps.

11 Feel Magical With Unicorn Hair


Unicorn hair is not something you can achieve the morning of the first day of school; it’s going to take a lot of planning and hair dye, but it will be so worth it. Unicorns are so fun and magical, who wouldn’t want to feel like one while walking onto campus and sitting in boring lectures?

With unicorn hair, you are free to choose whichever color combination you want. The trick, though, is to keep your colors light and airy. According to L’Oreal Paris, you will probably want to visit a professional colorist to get the desired end product, but you can try it on your own with their step-by-step process.

10 Present A Darker Side With Charcoal Grey Hair

Choosing to sport some charcoal grey hair is another decision you can’t really make the morning you start school, but it’s still a viable option. If unicorn hair is too bright and free-spirited for you, charcoal hair is probably what you are looking for in life. Refinery 29 sums it up with one sentence;

“The hue is a dark icy gray that might just put our unicorn days behind us.”

You can easily try dying your hair in the comfort of your own home, but if you want to get the exact shade, a professional is the way to go.

9 Barely Care With Barely-There Waves


These barely-there waves are perfect for those people who want to seem like they “barely care” on the first day of school. Barely-there waves can compliment a lot of different haircuts, but it looks especially great with edgy bobs.

If you have naturally straight hair, you’ll need to use a curling iron to get add some waves to your hair. If your hair already has some texture to it, using the right drying towel or hair product can give you these seemingly effortless waves. You want to keep things casual on the first day of school and this hairdo is the perfect “I don’t care” hair.

8 Be Challenging With A Multi-Braided Bun


The multi-braided bun takes a love of braids and a scholastic bun and makes one heck of a hairstyle. By adding braids to your ponytail, you can easily work them into a bun. Why not take it a step further and add in a side braid to really get things started.

This updo will definitely keep you cool during the warm temperatures of the start of a school new year.

According to Quick and Easy Fashion, the key to getting a braided bun look is to add in the braids randomly. You can add in as many or as little braids as you want.

7 Mix Things Up With A Wrap Around Ponytail


A ponytail is one of the easiest hairstyles one can choose. If you aren’t looking to spend a lot of time on your hair for the first day of school, a nice ponytail is the way to go. But you don’t have to leave it all plain Jane, you can add some special touches to it.

There are quite a few manufactured hair wraps on the market to help people get the wrap around ponytail look. However, the same outcome can be achieved with your own natural hair. Luxy Hair can even help you get the look without even using bobby pins.

6 Feel Like A Princess With A Messy Milk Maid Braid


Milkmaids were hardworking women; they are the ones who milk cows and work in a dairy.

Their braided hair, though, looks like it can be on the head of a star.

The braided crown speaks of royalty and honor. This is a statement all the fabulous people hope to make on the first day of school.

According to Advice From A 20 Something, the easiest milkmaid braid can be created in four simple steps. If you want to give your braid a more free-feeling vibe, you can make it a messy braid by pulling out and loosening pieces of the braid.

5 Become A Studious Student With A Sleek Pony


Nothing says, “I am here and I am ready to learn,” more than a sleek pony. The sleek ponytail opens up your whole face and shows the world you aren’t going to hide today. Kim Kardashian made the supersleek ponytail a must-have for all the beauty chasers of the world. You can show off all your makeup skills perfectly when your hair is tied tightly back.

Allure has some awesome tips on how to get those pesky flyaway hairs to stay smoothly down in the ponytail. You are going to want a flatiron and some good hair oil to get this look.

4 Channel Your Inner Mermaid With Beachy Waves


Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? All summer long you were free to dream about living by the sea while you sunbathed on the sandy beaches. But that’s all over now. It’s time to get back to the books.

If you’re still daydreaming about the suntans and oceans, beachy waves are going to be your new fav hairstyle.

GoodHouseKeeping shares more than one simple way you can get this look. You can use a curling wand and a ponytail, you can air dry your hair, you can use a flat iron, or you can use curlers. Each method will give you those beachy waves you need to continue living out your summer dreams.

3 Feel Free With A Bohemian Messy Braid


The bohemian lifestyle is largely known for their informal and unconventional social habits. Oftentimes, they are the musical and spiritual beings of the world. A chill bohemian messy braid will make you approachable and let you spend your first day back to school completely calm and relaxed.

A lot of people have added some boho style touches to their everyday life because the look is so peaceful. If there’s one thing you are going to need during that first day back to school on the big campus it is going to be tranquility. According to Sam Villa, the messy bohemian braid is going to start with your traditional fishtail braid.

2 Get Wild With A Pinned Up Mohawk


There’s nothing wilder than a mohawk. If you aren’t completely down to shave your head to get a standing mohawk, you can get yourself a temporary mohawk with some skill, some time and a lot of hairpins.

Walking onto campus on the first day back to school with a mohawk in your hair will definitely make a statement.

It’s fun and totally spontaneous. Your professors might scratch their heads, but your peers are going to love it. Another great fact about the pinned mohawks is that it can be done with any type of hair. Wonder How To shares easy-to-follow steps on how to get the faux mohawk.

1 Look Classy With A Sock Bun


Think messy bun, but neater. The sock bun is one of the most classic approaches to a bun. It has been used by royalty and ballerinas. Anyone with a sock bun is bound to get more of a respected attention from their professors and peers.

The sock bun can look like an impossible hair creation, but it’s not. Anyone can create this hairstyle, but you are going to need a sock doughnut. These can be purchased or you can make it into a fun DIY project. Style Caster shares the easiest steps for how to get the sock bun look on your first day back to school.

References: Style Caster, Seventeen, Glamour, Refinery 29, Allure

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