3 New Back to School Hairstyles


It’s time for some new “Back to School” hairstyles! I can’t believe I’m already saying that; where did the summer go?! School always started for me during the last week of August so I’m sorry if yours already has and this is a little late. I do think all three of these would work for any occasion or any day of the week though so I hope you try them out and love them as much as I do!


Half Up Fishtail Braids Instructions:

  • Step 1 / After curling my hair with a 1” curling iron, I’m going to clip in three wefts of my Luxy hair extensions to add extra thickness.
  • Step 2 / Next, divide off a section of hair at the crown, twist it together slightly pushing it upwards and pin it against the head with 1 or 2 bobby pins.
  • Step 3 / Now divide out any hair to frame your face and pick up a small slice of hair on the left side of the part.
  • Step 4 / Create a dutch fishtail braid following around the pinned crown section until it lines up with the ear. Then braid the section to the bottom in a regular fishtail braid.
  • Step 5 / Go back and gently pull on the edges to make the braid a little fuller. This is easier to do as you go rather than doing it at the very end since the braid can get very tight.
  • Step 6 / Then either tie off the end with an elastic band or criss-cross two bobby pins to keep the braid from unraveling.
  • Step 7 / Now create an identical braid on the other side, securing the end with bobby pins.
  • Step 8 / Bring the braids around the back of the head, criss-crossing them over the bobby pins from the top crown section and pin them in place with bobby pins.
  • Step 9 / Brush through the ends of the braids to unravel them and that is the last step. I love this look for school but also think it would be so pretty for any occasion or day of the week.


Fishtail Braided Ponytail Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Start by brushing all of the hair up into a high ponytail and securing it with a hair band.
  • Step 2 / Divide off a small section from the ponytail, wrapping it around the band to hide it.
  • Step 3 / To create a fishtail braid, divide the ponytail into two equal halves.
  • Step 4 / Divide off a small section of hair from the outer edge on the left side, cross it over the top, adding it into the right half.
  • Step 5 / Now cross a small section from the outer edge of the right half over the top to the left side.
  • Step 6 / Continue crossing small sections of hair from the outer edges over the top to the opposite side braiding down to the bottom.
  • Step 7 / Go back and gently pull on the edges to make the braid 2-3 times bigger. This is what really makes this hairstyle stand out and give it that extra wow factor.
  • Step 8 / Tie off the end of the braid with a clear elastic band. I created a tiny loop with mine by pulling the hair only halfway through on the last loop.

I think this style is super sleek and would work really well if you have a gym class first or even to just get your hair up and out of the way.

Fishtail Braided Low Bun Instructions:

  •  Step 1 / Begin by parting the hair where you normally prefer.
  • Step 2 / Then create a vertical part from the crown down to the nape of the neck on the left and right side. This will divide the hair into three sections.
  • Step 3 / Tie each section into a low ponytail, keeping them close together at the nape of the neck.
  • Step 4 / Braid each of these ponytails into a fishtail braid tying them off with an elastic band.
  • Step 5 / Pull on the edges of each braid to make them fuller. This will help make the bun a little bigger and more soft.
  • Step 6 / Wrap each braid around the top elastic band and secure it against the head with several bobby pins.

I love how this style looks complicated but is actually really easy to do and you can also recreate them using regular braids as well!

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  1. Jenn Hoff
    May 2, 2017 / 8:35 PM

    Wow, I LOVE this fishtail ponytail! I’ve only ever seen fishtail braids down low, and this looks so fresh. Thank you!
    P.S. Do you have extensions in with this ‘doo?

    • May 3, 2017 / 9:46 PM

      Thanks so much, Jenn! Yes, I often wear extensions and love the ones from Luxy Hair (:

  2. January 25, 2017 / 5:45 AM

    How lovely your hair is! Great ideas for plaits, thanks a lot for sharing. x

  3. January 25, 2017 / 5:44 AM

    How stunning your hair is! Wow, the hairstyles are lovely, thanks for sharing :)

  4. September 19, 2016 / 3:36 AM

    The low fishtail bun is beautiful! Gonna give it ago this week!

  5. Niki
    August 30, 2016 / 12:05 PM

    Love the low bun the best!!!!!

    • September 19, 2016 / 3:38 AM

      Me too, I am gonna have to give it ago…. super excited!

  6. Emily
    August 25, 2016 / 1:03 AM

    This tutorial is amazing ! Very good ideas for uni :) My favourite one is the ponytail, so easy to do. Thanks for sharing your hairstyles.

  7. Jessica
    August 21, 2016 / 4:02 PM

    Haha I laughed out loud to your blooper part!! You’re so cute! I loved all three, but my absolute favorite is the ponytail. <3

  8. Rachel
    August 21, 2016 / 11:29 AM

    Your hilarious! Love the bloopers LOL ???? BTW…I love the ponytail.

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