5 Minute School Day Hair Styles

March 6th, 2015 | Family, Learn How

There are oodles of sweet hair do ideas out there for your little one. But lets be honest, as cute as your girl is with a giant bow made of hair, or a slouchy fishtail braid, school days (unless you’re super-duper mom) don’t lend for hair masterpieces, and most importantly those fancy up-dos just don’t stay in!

I love doing my daughters hair for school, but to keep up with our morning time crunch, and keep her looking sharp until the end of the day, even with a winter hat coming on and off, gym class, and a busy recess (and lets be honest, hopefully lice free). I came up with these tired and tested 5 Minute School Day Hair Styles that are easy to do, take very little supplies, and keep your time in check!

5 minute school day hair dos- easy and stays in!

Hair tips for little girls

-Treat the hair as two sections, front and back. Pulling hair back into a ponytail is quick and easy but by the end of the day they will look like this… (PS, hairbands always look great when they leave for school, not so much after 7 hours).

Very bad hairday

– For successful stay in hair you will need- no slip elastics (available at the dollar store) in various sizes, a comb, and Goody brand barrettes for young girls. At the end of the day you can use small scissors to get them out, rather than pulling on delicate hairs.

– To master these easy hair dos you don’t need many skills but I would suggest learning to do a basic 3 strand braid, I personally find a french braids stay in best, but they take a bit more time to do/learn, not always perfect for school mornings.

-Brush long hair out before bed. There might be a few small snarls when they wake up, but having the biggest part of the battle somewhat smooth will make your morning routine much easier in the AM… trust me.

5 Minute School Day Hair Styles

Lets start with the basic foundation do- part the hair evenly and tie the front of the hair into two small pigtails. Tie back into a ponytail. Nape of the neck stays in best.

Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Next up is braid pigtails with barrettes, this is our go to quick do. Best suited for non hat days, as the front can get fly aways.

Braid pigtails- Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

A simple modification to the pigtail braids is to use small claw barrettes to clip them up. I think my daughter feels like a princess with this hair style.

Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

From the foundation do, pick up small sections of hair and tie back, working down the length of the hair.

Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Easily modify this hair do by braiding the tail.

Lets start with the basic foundation do- part the hair evenly and tie the front of the hair into two small pigtails. Tie back into a ponytail. Nape of the neck stays in best.

Next you can try braiding the small front pieces, secure with an elastic, tie the braid strands in a knot and pull back into a ponytail. Feel free to remove the braid elastics at this point.

Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Braid the end, for a different look. Notice a pattern?

Easy Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Skip the middle man and go right into a braid.

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Try criss-crossing the front sections to create an ‘X’ in the back. Super simple and yet looks like you spent loads of time on it. I find it helpful to have a claw clip handy to hold the hair you’re not working with to the side while you get the elastic in, and keep the part in tact.

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Then of course braid the pigtails!

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Try parting the front of the hair into 3 sections rather than two.  From here you can try any of the above hair dos and again achieve a different look.

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Try a side pony with this one, great for picture day!

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Or braid the three sections.

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

How do you feel about those easy hairdos?  From these suggestions you can get two weeks of school day hair styles without repeating the same one twice!

They can be achieved with only a few simple steps and have your little one off to school with super cute hair that will last the whole day through!

Simple and cute Hairdos for Girls- perfect 5 minute dos for school days

Do you have a quick and easy school day hair solution?  I’d love to see and learn. Stop by the Fynes Designs Facebook page and show me a pic.

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20 responses to “5 Minute School Day Hair Styles”

  1. BeccaW says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these! I never thought of buying the cheap elastics and cutting them out at the end of the day. Genius!

  2. Ellie says:

    Thanks for the cheap hair elastic idea! cutting them out would be so much easier at the end of the day. I love your hair style ideas too

  3. These are really fantastic!

    Thing 2 is growing her hair out and I am always encouraging her to try her own hair styling. These would work well!

    Sharing.

  4. pclaforceC says:

    Great ideas! I used a few of these when my daughter was competing in gymnastics. Minimal hair movement required when competing! The three small ponty tails to a larger one was her first competition hair!

  5. Your daughter was such a fantastic model through all of this! I have been doing my daughters hair 3 different ways and I am so tired of them… she has curly hair, so I like to do something with it to keep it out of her face. These are all great, pinning!

    • Virginia says:

      We kinda got stuck in that rut of the same do over again. These have most of the same idea, but a little spin on each. My daughter was certainly a good sport, there may have been a treat reward involved!

  6. Katy says:

    We LOVE this and we THANK you! We loved it so much we shared with all of our readers today!

  7. Charoula says:

    I find these hair tips very interesting. I suggested them to my friends and they found them very useful as well. The kids have very active day and indeed these hair tips keep our kids looking sharp until the end of the day.
    Thank you a lot

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  9. Shelby says:

    Thanks for these. Ive actually done a few of these before finding your post. I find putting a drop or two of scented oil or even baby oil to some water helps not only keep hair in place and stop the dreaded nits. Look forward to trying the cross over braid.

  10. April says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share these with us hair-challenged mommies of the world!!
    Unfortunately, I wasn’t given the gift of hair styling & my beautiful little girl has been deprived of cute hairstyles, through her eight years of life, because of it. She loves the look of her hair being french braided, even though she hates the near torture I cause to actually accomplish it, but still asks me to do it often. However, she usually only receives a yes for special events or if we successfully plan it out well enough to be able to give me a couple of hours for all the re-do’s I have to do before I succeed, and even then, it usually turns out looking messy and loose & lasts only a few hours, if lucky. Many times, we don’t even make it there because one of us just gets too impatient, frustrated or bored after numerous failed attempts & just gives up. Sadly, what should be an enjoyable precious time together of mother/daughter bonding, usually just turns out to be unenjoyable, frustrating torture for one or both of us & just ends up reminding us of why we go so long avoiding it.

    I’m so bad at doing hair, that I only wear my hair straight down or pulled back quickly in a messy bun… And my daughter has only had 3 basic styles in pretty much all 8 years of her life, straight down, in a ponytail & clipping the bangs to the side… How boring….! Sadly enough, it’s all I’ve managed to master in all these years of being a female, how’s that even possible?!… Horrible mommy guilt going on right now, as I’m sure you can tell!! She just has such beautiful long hair & is really starting to be more concerned with her appearance & her hair looking cute, for the boys at school I suspect, so I’m trying to make it my top priority to make time to learn & get better at it, which I honestly wish I would’ve done many years ago for her. But, better late than never, I guess!!

    So, thank you very much for sharing these!! They look & seem like they should be fast & simple enough hairstyles, for even horribly hair-challenged mommies like me, to attempt & succeed at, probably for the first time ever!!

    I imagine there’s gotta be many cute-hair deprived little girls out there like mine who would love to thank you for teaching their hair-challenged mommies how to do some cute, easy hairstyles so they don’t have to continue through life with oh-so-plain-lookin-hair anymore or having to sit through long, boring torturous attempts at getting a cute Do!!!

    I’m excited to attempt most of them this week! I plan on showing them to her later & letting her choose her fav one to begin the week with tomorrow. I may even try talking her into letting me practice tonight just to be on the safe side.

    Thanks again!! We appreciate you very much and I’m sure many more do as well!!! God Bless!!

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