17 College Girl Hairstyles You Should Definitely Try

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Are you looking to update your look? Or in need of a bit of inspiration? Look no further as I have rounded up a few of our favorite college girl hairstyles you should try.

Whether you have long or short, I’ve got you covered with various styling options. So keep reading to discover how to add new and trendy hairstyles to your hair’s arsenal for college days.

Hairstyles for Long Hair

1. French Braids

French braids are a classic and versatile hairstyle. You can wear these simple braids, from casual to formal, for various occasions. They are especially well-suited for long hair, as they allow for intricate braiding and beautiful styling options.

For this style, you can do a side braid, an upside-down French bun, or a messy French braid updo. A double French braid hairdo is also great when you need to keep your hair out of your face. 

This style has been around forever; you can see it has so many variations. So, if you haven’t mastered a French braid, you need to try learning it. 

2. Half-up Bun

Want a hairstyle that’s both classy and sassy? Look no further than the half-up bun. 

It’s versatile for everything from casual outings to late-night study sessions. 

To achieve this look:

  1. Gather the top section of your hair and secure it in a high ponytail.
  2. Twist that ponytail into a bun and secure it with trusty bobby pins.
  3. Leave a few strands loose to frame your face for a softer look, and voila!

You’re ready to conquer the world, one stylish bun at a time.

3. Messy Boho Braid

One of the most popular braids for summer is, by far, the messy boho braid! It embraces the length and texture of long hair. With it, you can create a casual, bohemian-inspired look, perfect for those casual summer days in college.

To create a messy boho braid, prep your hair with a texture spray or dry shampoo, then make a loose three-strand braid.

Next, gently pull on the sections of the braid to loosen it up. Why? Because imperfections are what make the boho braid so charming. So don’t worry about making it perfect.

To add to the boho style, carefully pull a few strands from either side of your face. This will frame your features and give you an effortless look.

Add some flowers, colorful ribbons, or a pretty headband for an extra bohemian chic touch.

4. Simple Down-Do

If you’re blessed with curly, long hair, this flowy hairstyle can be a real lifesaver when time is of the essence.

First, apply a mousse or dry shampoo to give your hair texture and bounce. Then, part your hair down the middle or side, whichever you prefer.

Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to separate and define your curls. Apply a generous amount of serum or hairspray to give your hair shine and tame frizz.

Alternatively, wash and blow dry your hair lightly. Then, use a curling iron to set your curls into perfect flowy waves. For more glamor, you can add side bangs.

Whichever variation you choose, it won’t hurt to complement it with a stylish hair accessory like a headband, clip, or hair tie.

Hairstyles for Short and Medium Hair

5. Messy Bun With Bangs

Do you need ideas to style your medium-length hair bangs? Try a messy bun with bangs. You won’t regret it.

This hairstyle is super cute, carefree, and oh-so-stylish. It is the perfect hairdo for a college girl with medium hair and so little time.

To create the look, gather your hair into a high ponytail, give it a loose twist, and wrap it around the base to create a messy bun. Let those bangs frame your face for a playful and trendy look. 

You can finish off the look with a colorful silk scarf. It is the perfect combo for those days when you want to look effortlessly fabulous without breaking a sweat.

6. Pixie Cut

A pixie hairstyle isn’t only easy to style; it also looks fabulous and trendy. 

As seen in celebrities like Paris Hilton and Zoe Kravitz, the pixie gives a sophisticated and edgy appeal with minimal effort. 

The look is a stunner; I can only say – especially if you have naturally short or medium-length hair. And as a bonus, it also keeps your hair from falling in your face while studying.

Remember that you’ll need an extra set of hands for this haircut. 

In this case, the head’s sides and back are cut very short, so you can blow dry them straight without a brush. Depending on your mood, the front is kept a little longer, so you can style it back, to the side, or up. 

You can set highlights or dye your whole hair to make it even trendier. 

A platinum blonde like Paris Hilton’s or a fiery orange will give the pixie cut a dramatic look. If that’s too edgy, you can also opt for golden blonde.

7. Loose Waves

A medium-length hairstyle with natural curls can create a stunning look if you have naturally curly hair.

The best part is you can pull off this hairstyle without blow drying. Apply a curl-enhancing cream to your towel-dried hair and let it air dry.

The result is loose, gorgeous waves that give off a casual but incredibly stylish look.

Get inspired by the effortlessly chic hairstyles of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Hailey Bieber, and Khloe Kardashian. They rock loose waves with a touch of elegance. 

8. Chin Length Bob

The chin-length bob hairstyle presents a very glam look. You can wear this style with any outfit. A casual short t-shirt and faded jeans with a short layered and chin-length bob is a look many college girls adore.

Keeping the chin-length bob on fleek might need you to flat-iron your hair with every wash, but the chic look it brings is worth the effort. And you can play around with a middle or side part, whatever part you fancy.

Best Hairstyles if You’re Running Out of Time

9. Simple “Wash and Go”

There’s nothing like a “wash and go” hairstyle when you have open hair and little time.

This hairstyle is incredibly stylish and fabulous for everyday wear and formal occasions. From class to Friday night to the beach, you can wear this hairstyle anywhere and with anything.

A good “wash and go” hairstyle is also low maintenance. All you need is a little mousse, and you’re good to go.

10. The Classic Ponytail

There are many ways to wear a classic ponytail without a flaky or scraped-back look.

To do this easy hairstyle, pull all your hair to one side, in a high or low ponytail, and secure it with a small elastic. 

You can use banana clips to create a softer, layered ponytail look. They keep your hair out of your eyes while allowing for a softer look around the edges of your face. 

Colorful ribbons, satin scarves, and bows are great accessories for this hairstyle. You can use them to style a loose-side ponytail.

You’ll find that this hairstyle is effortless to maintain and can be worn perfectly with daily outfits at school. You can also wear a side ponytail to any special occasion if you have very long hair. 

Highlighting the ends of your hair can add magic and glamor to this ponytail style. Try it.

11. Messy Bun

For days when you want to look messy but still in style, this hairstyle will help you. Even though it appears messy, girls who wear it still look stunning.

And the good thing about it is that it is quick and simple to pull off. You get your hair up and allow parts of it to fall away. The more time you spend on it, the worse it will look! 

Spice it up with a headband or other hair accessories, but avoid doing too much. The whole point of the style is to make it look like it was done quickly.

12. Simple Pigtails With Baseball Cap

Pigtails look super cute under a baseball cap. Consider this simple hairstyle if you find yourself pressed for time in the morning.

Start by parting your hair down the middle, creating two sections from the top to the back. Tie each section into a separate ponytail. Then, braid each ponytail using a French or Dutch braid technique. Pop on a baseball cap, and you’re good to go! Simple, effortless, and chic

If your hair is messy, all the better. The cap will help you conceal it while looking effortlessly cute and stylish.

Best Hairstyles When You’re Out for an Event

13. Fishtail Braid

The beauty of a fishtail braid is that it can magically help you hide unkempt, unruly hair and tame it to make you look elegant and feminine. Moreover, this braided hairstyle is popular on red carpets and fashion runaways.

So, how do you get this look? First, remove all the knots and tangles from your hair. If you have flyaway hair, use a smoothing cream to straighten your mane before braiding.

To braid, divide your hair into two large sections that run straight down the middle.

Next, decide which direction to braid; you can braid from right to left or left to right. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the first section. Pull this strand over the first section and place it under the second section on the other side.

In other words, the strand of hair has gone over the first section and ends up under the second section. The thinner the strand, the more intricate the braid will look. 

Finish the fishtail braid off by tying your hair with a hair bobble. Add a cute ribbon, barrette, or vine to give it personality. 

14. Retro Curls

No wonder celebrities like Zendaya are always sporting these curls.

Retro curls are one of the most popular hairstyles of all time. It looks great with both sexy short dresses and chic long dresses, making it the perfect hairstyle for casual and semi-casual events.

To achieve this look, leave your hair flatter at the top and go into a fuller, more sculpted curl at the end. 

15. Sleek High Ponytail

Spice up your look with this Ariana Grande signature hairstyle, which is all the rage now in the fashion world.

This trendy and sexy hairstyle is easy to do and is a perfect look for girls with medium to long hair.

When you style your hair into a sleek high pony, hide the elastic by wrapping a few strands around it. Alternatively, you can replace the elastic with a fancy ribbon or ponytail holder.

For a change of pace with this look, you can do a side ponytail so your hair falls over your shoulder. Do a sleek, long ponytail with a side parting for a polished and sophisticated look. This look will turn heads at any event, paired with a short, leggy cocktail dress and a long chandelier-style earring.

16. Rope Braid Updo

For this updo, divide your hair at the nape into two sections and twist both sections clockwise (one at a time). Once a few inches of hair are twisted, place the right section over the left and twist it in the opposite direction.

Finally, take the braided twist, pin it into a bun, and wrap it around (use as many pins as you need to secure the bun).

It may seem complicated, but it’s pretty simple and looks very different from traditional braids. Plus, it takes a bit of time, which makes it all the more ideal for college functions and casual events.

I recommend using hair clips and barrettes to jazz up the hairstyle.

17. Chignon

The chignon, also popular for updos for long hair, is a classic (and celebrity favorite) that will never go away.

You can style this updo with or without bangs.

For a variation on the chignon, you can curl all your hair after drying with a medium straightener and tie it into a loose, low ponytail. Twist the ponytail and then roll it into a chignon. Secure the updo with hair clips or pins, and use a holding spray for a slick look.

What Hairstyle Are You Gonna Choose for Your College Days?

Get ready to turn heads with these stunning college girl hairstyles. Whether rushing to class or attending a special event, these hairstyles will keep you looking stylish and confident.

So go ahead, try different variations, and find out what you like best for your routine and hair type. It’s time to embrace your inner fashionista and rock your college days with these captivating hairstyles!

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