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7 Easy Back-to-school Hairstyles for Natural Hair

More so than books, pens and a packed lunch — there’s one thing you can never forget on the first day of school: stylish new back-to-school hairstyles

With everything that's been going on, the return to school has been up in the air, but even if the school environment is going to be a little different, we wanted to give you some incredibly trendy, back-to-school hairstyles.

So whether you’re preparing your kid’s hair for school (or you are going back to school yourself), these hairstyles are all heatless, low maintenance and great for promoting the health of your hair — enjoy!

1. Afro Puffs

back to school hairstyles: young black girl with two cute afro puffs

Image credit: @kelsgorgeous

As one of the easiest and most practical back-to-school hairstyles for kids, afro puffs are a tried-and-tested back-to-school hairstyle favourite. 

Create a middle parting, two puffs and secure with your seamless hairbands (you can these in our Afrocenchix Essential Accessories Pack). Easy peasy!

2. Braids & Twists

back to school hairstyles: young black girl with braids, bow and beads

Image credit: @baybie_kayyy

Braids are another back-to-school favourite because of their versatility and ability to protect natural hair while still looking great.

But what’s important to remember is that preparation is key. With braids, it’s likely that the hair will be tucked away for a few of weeks, so ensuring it’s in its best condition beforehand is crucial. 

3. High/Low Bun

back to school hairstyles: young black girl kneeing with a high bun

Image credit: @iambriakay_

Looking for a back-to-school hairstyle that's easy to do when you're running late? This high bun is super simple and a perfect, low-manipulation back-to-school hairstyle. You can even change it up by rocking a low bun every now and again.

4. Wash & Go

back to school hairstyles: young black girl wearing a mask with a cute wash and go afro

Image credit: @naturally_rinnie

There are plenty of back-to-school hairstyles to choose from, but if you want something stylish that requires little to no effort, keep reading!

Wash & Go is arguably the simplest of all afro hairstyles. You’ll want to start out with clean hair (so make sure to use Swish and Swirl).  Then use a microfibre towel to dry yours or your child's hair and grab your Moisture Surge Set. Finally, lock in moisture by following the LOC/LCO method.  

5. Cornrows

back to school hairstyles: young black girl with her mother sporting matching cornrow hairstyles

Image credit: @Africansbraid

Looking for a protective hairstyle that’ll look and feel great? Cornrows are the answer! 

One of the major benefits of cute cornrows is that once done, they reduce daily hairstyling and maintenance time. 

6. Frohawk

back to school hairstyles: young black girl with cute afro frohawk  

Image source: @Dfinneyphoto @nylah_k

The frohawk hairstyle is not only extremely popular amongst women with natural hair, but it’s also cool and trendy. They look great with any hair length and because of how versatile the look is and there are plenty of different variations you can experiment with. 

7. Twist Out 

back to school hairstyles: young black girl with twist outs

Image credit: @kayla_ayanna

Functional, versatile and suitable for any occasion, twist outs make the last of our seven back-to-school hairstyles. 

Considered “timeless”, the twist out look is one that will never go out of style. We love the idea of wearing the twists for 4-5 days then rocking a twist-out to celebrate the end of the week!

And those are our seven easy back-to-school hairstyles, all of which require zero heat treatment, are protective and can be done relatively quickly! 

If you’re worried about where to start with regards to hair routines? We would recommend checking out our afro hair care guide. It has everything you need to know!

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