12 Cute Back to School Hairstyles for Curly Hair

Back to school season is upon us, and we all know what that means: early morning classes, last minute study sessions, and those dreaded group projects.😨 But fear not, because we’re here to make your transition into this school year smoother and more stylish than ever before!  

We've curated some fabulous, easy and cute curly hairstyles that will have you turning heads in the classroom. 😏👀

“But why should I care about hairstyles during this period?” you may ask. 

Well…here’s the secret: Research shows that caring about your appearance can actually improve your academic performance by boosting your confidence and enhancing your focus! So, by going back to school in style, you’re not just turning heads; you’re also setting yourself for success in the classroom! It's a win-win situation!

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Our Back To School Style Guide 


1. Simple and Cute Styles for class

Here are three super simple hairstyles to try on mornings where you want to quickly style your crown without too much difficulty but still be cute at the same time! 

The Low Puff Pop 

The low puff is a simple and stylish hairstyle that you can rock any time during the semester! Simply use our Daily Curl Booster leave-in to hydrate, our Moisture Lock Pomade to seal and our hold it right there gel to slick your hair into a low bun! Then…accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

The Bangin’ Updo

This hairstyle is a combination of the classic bun and the curly bangs! It's a super cute and simple way to style your hair for school, especially if you're in a rush! To make sure your curly bangs are defined and juicy, use our hold it right there gel to style your crown in 1 step. 

The Curly Space Buns 

This playful and trendy hairstyle is a great way of showing your creative side! You can choose to wear your space buns in a half up half down style or even spice things up with some braids! To get a smooth look and defined curls with this style, try our hold it right there hair gel!


2. Styles that will have you turning heads all day long! 

Some days, you don’t want to blend in. You want all eyes on you and you want to feel like THAT girl. These hairstyles will do just that! 

The Majestic Mane

If you really want to stand out from the crowd, opt for a voluminous afro! This will get all the heads turning! In order to achieve this beautiful look, the most important thing is to get lots and lots of volume. Apply our hydrating leave in conditioner and then add our moisture lock pomade to seal in the moisture to get some definition and lots of volume! 

The Golden Pigtails

This hairstyle is not only super cute and trendy, but it will definitely make you and your crown stand out from the crowd! Simply separate the front section of your hair and attach it into two ponytails. Braid the two ponytails and accessorize with some gold or silver hair jewelry. For defined curls and coils, use our hold it right there gel

The Braided Headband 

This adorable hairstyle is perfect for going to class in style! It's subtle but still very beautiful. Simply separate the front pieces of your hair and create a french braid. Make sure to not braid too tightly so that you're not putting any stress on your edges. 


3. Quick Lazy Styles for those dreaded midterm & final exams 

During exam season or when you're simply feeling lazy or unmotivated, the last thing you feel like doing is spending your precious time styling your hair! So, we've gathered 3 super easy hairstyles that you can pull off in less them 5 minutes! 

The Claw Clip

This super easy and quick hairstyle is perfect for those exam mornings when you want to put a minimum amount of effort whilst still looking nice! Simply grab a cute claw clip that matches your outfit and clip your hair up! If your hair is very thick or short and you're struggling to put the claw clip, try attaching your curls into a low ponytail first and then adding the clip! You can also pull a couple of curls out of the clip to frame your face and give this hairstyle that effortless look! 

The Head Wrap 

Another easy hairstyle is to simply wear a headwrap! Once again, the only thing you need to do is pick a cute head wrap that matches your outfit and wrap it in your crown! The great thing about this hairstyle is that it's super versatile and you can wrap the scarf around your hair in a lot of different ways! So, don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different styles and choose whichever one is easiest for you!

The Basic half up, half down 

Last but not least, we have the famous half up half down. She's a classic one for a reason! This is a simple yet stylish hairstyle that you can do in less than a minute! So, she's the perfect solution for those stressful exam mornings! To really get your curls to pop, try using our hold it right there hair gel for extreme definition and shine!

4. Creative & Original styles when you want to try something new! 

Some days you wake up feeling inspired and creative! For those mornings where you feel like you want to try something a little different with your crown, here is what we suggest…

Bubble Braids 

This hairstyle is not only cute and original but also easy to do! Separate your hair into two sections and start putting in the elastic bands! This is a great alternative to braids! You can also choose to only do one bubble braid instead of two. 

Mini Twists

Another fun hairstyle to try is mini twists. Although this hairstyle does take a lot of time to do, once the twists are done, they can last for a long time! You can also style them in many different ways and add gold and silver accessories to spice them up a little. To get juicy moisturized twists, make sure to properly cleanse your hair before installing them and apply a hydrating deep conditioner! To style, use a moisturizing leave-in conditioner, a sealing pomade and finish off with a defining gel

The side Bantu Knots

This is another fun, creative hairstyle you can wear to stand out from your classmates and be known as the most fashionable student on the block! Simply separate a section on the side of your head and twist it into as many bantu knots as you like. For the rest of your hair, you can opt to do a wash n go, a fluffy braid out or a bantu knot out! 


With these hairstyle tips, you’ll be on your way to slaying this semester, both physically and academically. 💜✨