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6 Back-to-School Hairstyles for Fall 2021


We hate to say it, but summer is almost over. The good news? That means it’s time to plan your back-to-school hairstyle! Need some style inspiration for the first day of school? We’ve got you. Keep reading for the best back-to-school hairstyles of 2021! Plus, we’ll tell you how to use Toppik Hair Building Fibers to finish your look. 

The Best Cute Hairstyles for School

1. Slick Ponytail with Scrunchie

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You probably don’t need us to tell you that scrunchies are back! Summer’s favorite hair accessory lives on this season with a sophisticated new back-to-school hairstyle. 

Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair tie. Use a comb to smooth out any bumps, then apply gel to tame flyaways. Once the gel is dry, use Toppik Hair Building Fibers in your root color to finish the fhairstyle. Apply Fibers along the hairline using the Hairline Optimizer to create a natural look. Then add your scrunchie and voila! A cute first day of school hairstyle. 

2. The Modern Shag

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One of our favorite trends from 2021’s 70s revival is the modern shag haircut. This trend is a flattering way to show off your natural hair texture, which means quick and easy styling. 

Start by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Then apply your favorite hair thickener throughout damp hair. Scrunch and allow hair to air dry, or use a diffuser to speed up your drying time. Once hair is completely dry, use your fingers to gently tousle your locks, then mist with hairspray to hold the look all day long. 

3. Braided Crown

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For the first day of school, dress up like the queen you are! This back-to-school braided hairstyle is a quick and easy way to add elegant style to your locks. 

Start by sectioning your hair from ear to ear. Secure the back section of the hair with the clip while you work on your braid. Beginning at one ear, separate the hair into three sections. Braid the outer sections of the hair under the middle section to create a raised braid. Continue braiding the hair, adding to the sections as you go to create the crown. 

Once all hair is braided, secure it with an elastic hair tie. Then pin the end of the braid behind your ear. To finish the look, apply Toppik Hair Building Fibers with the Spray Applicator to any areas of scalp show-through. 

4. Messy Side Braid

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If our last back-to-school braid sounds too complicated, try this one! Hint: this hairstyle works best on dirty hair. If your hair is squeaky clean, add a bit of texturizing spray before you get started to give your hair some grip. 

Sweep hair to one side, then braid and secure with a clear elastic hair tie. Use your fingers to gently pull apart the braid, which will make it look thicker and fuller. Don’t worry about looking too polished with this one – the messier, the better!

5. Half-Up with Bow

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This cute back-to-school hairstyle takes just minutes to complete. Divide hair into two sections and secure the top section with an elastic hair tie. Clip your favorite hair bow into place, then pull out a few face-framing pieces to finish the look. Easy!

6. Add a Headband

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Picture this: it’s the first day of school and – gasp – your hair just is not cooperating. Enter the headband. This little hair accessory has the magic ability to turn even the worst hair days into a fashion moment. While padded and skinny headbands are both in right now, we especially love a patterned fabric headband. Pair with bold earrings for extra style points!

Which of these back-to-school hairstyles is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below! 

Colleen Welsch is a freelance beauty writer and blogger specializing in hair care, hair growth education and beauty.

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