These simple school hairstyles for girls look fancy but can be done in under 5 minutes. Are you ready to shake up your busy school mornings?

Mornings can often be a stressful time as you rush to get the kids ready for school. If your daughter has long hair, you will probably also need to get it tied up. At the same time, the basic ponytail or simple braid can feel a little . . . dare we say it . . . boring. Maybe you feel all out of hairstyle ideas, while your daughter wants something new.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some cute easy hairstyles for your little girl that look great, but won’t destroy your morning routine, once you’ve mastered the simple steps to create them. Best of all, they are perfect for the entire school day.

Hair essentials for girls

Before we show you the seven great hairstyles for girls, we thought you should know about the products and accessories you will need to create the looks. Many of these products are not crucial—you really only need a hair brush and hair elastics—but can help to look after your daughter’s hair and make the hair-tying process so much easier:

  • Detangler: Helps a brush or comb to run smoothly through your child’s hair (or just use water in a spray bottle to wet hair).
  • Spray bottle: Use four parts leave-in conditioner to one part water to nourish hair.
  • Comb with tail: Can help with parting hair.
  • Bobby pins: To keep hair, especially buns, in place.

Another important thing to consider before styling is your child’s hair type. The four main hair types are:

  1. Straight hair
  2. Wavy hair
  3. Curly hair
  4. Tight, curly hair

Depending on your child’s hair type, some of the above items may be useful or irrelevant.

The 7 girl hairstyles you should try

Here are the best hairstyles from all over the internet. They were chosen specifically for their simplicity and ability to keep hair away from your daughter’s face and neck. They’ll also work well under a hat.

If your daughter has shorter hair, a great idea is to do two nice low and small pigtails. They will stay put throughout the day and also look super cute. Doing a low ponytail also works well for short hair. Space buns are similar and can also be quick and easy. However, they don’t work well with hats—maybe consider using these on a rainy day.

1. Flip ponytail

This is probably one of the easiest hairstyles for girls. If you know how to tie a ponytail, you will probably be able to manage a flip ponytail. It’s the perfect hairdo for the early morning rush, while still making it look like you know a thing or two about hair. The flip ponytail works especially well for medium-length hair or long hair.

2. French braid

If you’re as hopeless with hairstyles as I am, you’ve probably heard of the French braid, but have no idea where to begin. This is a great step-by-step tutorial that will have you French-braiding your daughter’s hair in no time. It’s a simple hairstyle that looks elegant and timeless.

3. Criss-cross ponytail

There’s a little bit more to this style than just a simply ponytail, but the end result is a pretty fun crossover pattern throughout the head. This hairdo works great for girls with shorter or curly hair too.

4. Waterfall tie-back

This is a beautiful style that keeps hair away from the face and eyes. You can even tie the rest of the hair up in a ponytail or two. It looks complicated, but once you get the hang of it, can be done in under five minutes.

5. Pull-through braid

It looks like a braid, but it actually isn’t. It also holds much better than a normal braid because there are a gazillion hair ties hidden inside the hair do. Another quick and easy style with enough practice.

The super popular Dutch braid is sophisticated and a little more involved than the simple braid. Practise before the day to avoid frustration and being late. Once you learn it, it’s fast.

6. Anna’s hairstyle from Frozen 2

Make your daughter the happiest girl in the world by recreating Anna’s hairstyle from Frozen 2. If you know how to do a basic braid, it’s quite a simple style secured by a couple of bobby pins. This hairstyle is great for medium-length hair, but will also work for shoulder-length hair or long hair.

Pull this one out on a school morning when your daughter asks you for a new hairstyle. As with most braided hairstyles, they look graceful and are comfortable to wear, which makes them a favourite. This is a great one for picture day at school, as it’s not too tight around the face and looks soft.

7. Triple braid bun

This hairstyle is probably better suited for an older primary child or a girl who isn’t going to be hanging upside down at the monkey bars. School girls love feeling like they are well kept and pretty, and this hairstyle ticks all the boxes. It looks chic and fancy, but is really just three braids wrapped around and pinned down by bobby pins. A perfect bun to keep the hair off the face.

A low messy bun is also quick and easy, just make sure it’s intentionally “messy” and not just bed hair. Two small braids on either side of the head or at the back are also super quick and easy to make, and look casual and neat.

Bad hair days will soon be over

All those busy mornings, frantic hair brushing and washing faces can be draining. They leave you looking forward to the weekends, or even better the school holidays. But sooner than you think, your little girl will be in high school and may not want your help with hairstyles anymore. So make the most of this fun girly time while it lasts and make it fun. It’s a stage and phase that you’ll only go through once together.

You’ve got their hair sorted, what about their lunch?

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