Back to school hairstyles that you can do in minutes


by Mother & Baby |

If you’ve ever tried to attempt an impressive hairstyle on your little one in under 5 minutes flat, you’ll know the pressure that comes with styling your child’s hair each morning without it resulting in a tantrum.

And as tempting as it can be to whip it up into a simple ponytail each morning, as your child begins to develop their own personality, they’ll likely want to change things up daily - just in case you didn’t already have enough to worry about in a morning!

To help give you some inspiration and save you a little time in the morning, we’ve rounded up some really simple back to school hairstyles that won’t take up too much of your time. Not only will they leave your child looking neat and presentable with a smile on their face, but will also impress the playground parents too!

1. Basic ponytail 

Thanks to the likes of Arianna Grande and JoJo Siwa, the classic ponytail is an all round favourite at the moment, but if you want to perfect your pony technique, we've found this video is really helpful.

2. Bobble style 

We love how fun this style is, just grab a bunch of bobbles in their favourite colours (or school uniform colours) and get tying, following the instructions at the start of the video below.

3. Quick braid for textured hair 

This style is super adorable and fun and will keep their hair out of their face for the whole day. Like with most of these styles, the more you do it, the less time it will take you! Depending on how much hair your tot has, you might want to do more plaits than three - just split the hair into more sections.

4. French braid 

So we know this one might take a little longer depending on your child's hair type, but once you've mastered the technique, you'll soon speed up!

5. Waterfall hairstyle

This twist on a classic half up half down hair do allows you to use more bright coloured bobbles and adds a bit of something fun and different for a real stand out style.

6. Cat ears 

If you want to take your cat ear hairstyle (or space buns as they're sometimes called) to the next level, we think this hairstyle is adorable. Alternatively, keep it as the usual cat ears for a more speedy style

7. Basic braided hairstyles

There are so many simple variations on a plait or fishtail braid. From plaiting the ponytail or bunchies to half up half down braids, there are plenty of ideas here.

Tangle Teezer The Mini Original Detangling Hairbrush

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Perhaps the worst battle for parents in the morning is the dreaded brushing of their hair, especially if their hair tangles easily. Hopefully, this cute Tangle Teezer should help take the tears out of those knots!

Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste

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Sometimes you just need a bit of product to keep every hair in place and make it a bit easier to style. This paste is ideal for textured hair to make styling easier.

2000Pcs Elastic Hair Bands

2000Pcs Elastic Hair Bands
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These will come in handy for most styles mentioned, and you can colour coordinate them to their outfits or uniform colours.

200Pcs Hair Ties

200Pcs Hair Ties
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In need of some thicker bobbles? This set comes in just about every colour you can think of as well as some more natural toned colours to match their hair colour. You also get four mini hair clips in this bundle too!

Colourful Elastic Velvet Hair Scrunchies

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Adding a simple scrunchie can make such a difference to a hairstyle, especially if you only have time for a simple ponytail.

Tail Combs

Tail Combs
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Sectioning their hair with your fingers when they're like a moving target can be tricky, so using a tail comb like this will make it much easier.

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