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Back to School Hair Tips and Trends for Busy Parents


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It’s back to school season! After months of homeschooling, and months of summer holidays, it’s that time of year again when children flock back into classrooms. Getting your child ready for school after a long break is undoubtedly tough, regardless of their age or grade. It might be even tougher in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown, with readjusted routines, different work arrangements, and unique circumstances for school activities.

We’re here to help! We have collected Back to School Hair Tips and Trends for Busy Parents and some quick, simple, and fun hairstyles to get you and your children ready for back-to-school September, without any of the hassle. The secret is in the styling – with the right cut and the perfect products in your arsenal, your child will be rocking the best hairstyle in class.

Read on for the top 2020 trending hairstyles for your child’s first day of school.

For Long Hairstyles

At most times, but especially so with COVID-19, we should aim to keep hair out of a child’s way – so they have one less thing to worry about while running around and enjoying the day. With the hygienic implications of COVID-19, there is even more of an incentive to make sure your child doesn’t touch their face and hair. That’s why it’s best to pull long hair back. Below are some cute looks for those with longer hair.

1. The Braided Look

Braids are a stylish and easy option that will keep hair away from the face. The seemingly intricate French side braid is a top hairstyle that looks great on long hair – especially if your child’s hair is wavy or moderately curly. Whether your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, she can pull off this cool look with ease.

Start by parting your child’s hair on one side, pick out three strands of hair, and then cross them as you would for a regular braid – but before making the next knot, use your pinky finger to pull in a bit more hair into the section, and continue braiding. Repeat this until you reach the ends of the hair, or until you want to switch over to a ponytail. (If this sounds complicated, check out a YouTube video for some visual guidance).


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If you’ve mastered the french side braid, you should have no problem with boxed braids. Check out an example below for inspiration!



Another alternative is to try this adventurous braided look. Our pro tip: to maximize the effect, try using very small elastics like the ones for teeth braces.


2. The Sock Bun

It is so easy to pull off a sock bun! It makes your child look polished and keeps the hair out of their face, with very little effort on your end. Talk about a great deal! To put this together, follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Take an old sock, cut off the toes, and roll it down into a donut
  2. For added control on the flyaway hairs, apply the Iles Formula Finishing Serum to the mid-length and ends and brush or comb the hair through. Our serum delivers the pro, lustrous look to the hair and delivers great control.
  3. Tie the hair into a ponytail and slip the ends through the donut sock
  4. Start rolling the sock down while tucking the hair until you reach the end
  5. Lastly, pin the bun securely in place with either u-shaped hair slides or Bobby pins

And voila! Your child now has the perfect sock bun to get them through hours of classes, sports, piano lessons, or whatever else is keeping them busy.

For a variation on this classic style, try this: After you’ve tied hair into a ponytail during step 3, take a small section of hair from under the tail and braid it. Then secure the braid with a small elastic, and move it to the side so it does not get rolled in the sock. During step 5, you can wrap this braid around the bun and pin it in place as a finished pro touch (like in the image below)!



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3. The Braided Buns

Why not combine the two hairstyles we discussed and try the cute braided buns look below? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Apply Iles Formula Finishing Serum to slightly damp hair
  2. Comb through and create a perfect part line. A comb known as a tail comb is best for this as it has a long skinny end that creates sharp sections and parts
  3. Secure two high pigtails with elastic bands (not pure elastic as they will break the hair. Find ones that are covered in fabric to minimize hair breakage)
  4. Braid the hair from each pigtail and place a small elastic on the end to prevent the braid un-twinning
  5. Turn each braid in a clockwise direction around elastic and secure with a hair slide or bobby pin them in place
  6. Let them down after school and your daughter will love those waves that have cooked in place during the day



For Short Hairstyles

Modern short haircuts for little girls are a combination of stately edges, fine angles, and different textures. These are very simple to do and very easy to maintain! If you opt to give your child a short haircut, make sure their hair is short enough to not get near their eyes. This will help them steer clear from constantly brushing hair off their face and eyes – a very important thing during COVID-19.

1. Pixie Cut

Pixie cuts are not only for grown-ups — even young girls can rock this look. When going to school, they can pair their lovely fresh cut with a nice hairband or simply tuck away any bangs with a cute hair clip. This cut never goes out of style, and drastically reduces the amount of styling time involved on your end, meaning that your morning routine will be a breeze, and your child will make it to the school bus stop on time, if not early!


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2. For Boys

For boys, this season marks a return to classic, clean-cut hairstyles. The look of generations past is getting a modern update with this unique hairstyle — the hair on the sides is shorter or tapered, and left longer and textured on top. Parting the hair to one side with a fine-tooth comb and finishing it off with a palmful of pomade or styling paste can add a little grip and hold, for a look that’s highly evolved, but every bit as cool.



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Make Sure Your Child’s Hair is Nourished and Healthy

Even though back to school hairstyles are interesting, the health and wellbeing of your child’s hair will matter beyond a school season — so it’s important to invest in maintaining and nourishing hair over time. The Iles Formula Shampoo helps keep your child’s hair growing and looking beautiful. Vitamin B5 in the formula softens the scalp and hair, and penetrates to the cellular level, creating a barrier that retains moisture and leaves the hair revitalized, shiny, and smoother than ever before.


Follow the Shampoo with the Iles Formula Conditioner. This deeply moisturizing formula leaves hair and scalp healthy and hydrated without weighing hair down. Appropriate for all hair types, our Conditioner helps reduce itching and dryness. It also supports natural scalp circulation to help foster healthy, flake-free hair growth. This Conditioner is the perfect product to use for your child’s hair after a full day of running and sweating.



When it comes to back to school hairstyles and the wellbeing of your child’s hair, Iles Formula has your back. Our products will leave their hair nourished, clean and beautiful – always. Plus, these products will save you time in the long run because it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 with our products! Share your back-to-school hairstyles with us by tagging us on social media @ilesformula_hair and #IlesFormula! We can’t wait to see your looks <3



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