Prepping that back-to-school style isn’t just about the threads. A new haircut or hairstyle can be a great way to start the school year off on the right foot. It can be hard to break out a new style, though, when you’ve rocked the same one since Pre-K. Here are a few awesome haircuts and hairstyles for kids to inspire your tykes to update their tresses.

Haircuts

photo: Amanda Urabe

Textured

This cut gives straight hair definition and is a great get-up-and-go do.

photo: Amanda Kitano

Layered

Add a little flair to shoulder length hair with some defining layers.

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Side Bangs

Not all boy haircuts have to be short. Side bangs and layers make this longer look manageable.

photo: Kelly Brook Chang

Side Shaved

Rock this trendy look that’s both awesome and makes it easy to get hair done in the morning rush.

photo: Lindsay Stansberry

Retro Classic

This classic look never goes out of style. The best part is it’s easy to maintain, and it looks great on all ages.

A-Line Bob

Frame her face with an A-line bob that leaves a little length so you can still rock a pony when you need one.

Curly Fade

Tame those curly tresses with a neat fade. The kids will score cuteness points for matching back-to-school hairdos like this duo.

Hairstyles

Natural Braids

Keep natural hair protected, out of the way and totally adorable with multiple braids and colorful bands.

photo: Bryant Horowitz

Fauxhawk

With length on top and a little bit of product, you can easily rock a hawk without fully committing to the cut.

Fishtail Braid

This simple braid gives you the unique look of a fishtail without the all the work. Check out easy-to-follow tutorials here.

Streak of Color

If your mini fashionista desperately wants her hair to match her outfit, why not meet halfway with just a streak or two.

Headband

Hair accessories never go out of style, especially headbands that can be worn alone or with ponytails. Kick things up a notch with a scented hairband that adds color and scents.

Pineapple Updo

Keep natural or curly hair up and out of the way with this fast and easy style. Just add moisturizer and pull it up with a scrunchie.

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

Panda Buns

This cute up-do is a great way to keep long hair out of the way. Simply make two high ponytails then twist them and wrap into buns. Secure in place with hairbands or bobby pins.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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