Looking for teenage hairstyles for girls? You’re in the right place. We’ve dug through thousands of images to bring you the trendiest looks to rock at school, work, or out with friends. Read on to see our top picks.
Looking for Teenage Girl’s Hairstyles?
Forget diamonds. Trendy hairstyles that make you feel fierce, fashionable, and cute all day are a girl’s best friend! If you’re tired of your current ‘do and want to mix things up with a new look or style, you don’t need to get a major haircut or color your hair to do it.
All you need is a little style inspiration! We rounded up 30 of the trendiest teenage hairstyles girls are wearing this year for our style guide. From easy buns and braids to down and loose styles that show off your locks, there’s no shortage of cute ways to wear your hair at any length.
Browse our teenage hairstyles girl style guide, collect a little inspiration, and start planning out cute hairstyles to try this week! We include style tips for each one and a list of things to consider so you can find the most flattering styles for your face shape and hair type.
30 Trendy Teenage Hairstyles for Girls
Not sure how to wear your hair today, or just want to learn more style options to keep up your sleeve? We’ve got you, girl. Here are the trendiest hairstyles for teens and young adults. It’s impossible to choose a favorite, so try them all!
Tousled Ballerina Bun
A common theme we’re seeing in teenage hairstyles for girls is a loose, casual vibe injected into formerly-polished classics. Instead of the prim and proper ballerina bun with no hair out of place, create a sleek coiled bun at the crown and secure it.
Pull a few tiny strands out around the face to soften the look. Then use your thumb and forefinger to gently tug on small sections and loosen them up. It creates a tousled, casual texture and adds a little volume.
Read Next: How to Make a Messy Bun With Long Hair
Curtain Bangs and Curls
Curtain bangs have taken over and it’s easy to see why. This universally flattering fringe isn’t a huge commitment, looks amazing with a variety of hairstyles and lengths, and is easier to style than you think.
If you’re rocking curtain bangs, try styling them away from the face with a round brush and hairdryer (the Dyson Airwrap is our favorite tool for styling them). Curl your hair from midshaft to ends with a medium- to large-barreled curling iron to finish the style.
Partial French Braids and Waves
French braids are one of the best “tricks” to look put together and perfectly styled without spending all that much time doing your hair. Especially these partial French braids – half the work with allll the payoff!
Create a center or off-center part and begin French braiding the front, keeping the braid high up near the temples and slowly let it drop down.
When you’ve reached the back side, tie off the braids with a small elastic and pin them in place. Adjust the back to let your hair cover the ends of the braids. Finish the style with quick curling iron waves or rock your natural texture!
Read Next: How to Get Waves
Straightened With Deep Side Part
Whether your hair is naturally pin-straight or you have to use a flat iron to achieve sleek locks, this simple look is always a favorite. Shake things up with a deep side part – it’ll lift your hair at the roots and give you a flattering boost of volume.
That’s especially true if you’ve been wearing a middle part for a while. Spritz the roots with a little hairspray to keep things in place. Don’t forget to use heat protectant if you flat iron!
Pineapple Ponytail With Face-Framing Pieces
If you have curly hair, you’ve definitely heard of pineappling your hair – piling your curls on top of your head to keep their shape and avoid frizz while you sleep.
This style is similar but placed a little further back from the hairline for a more daytime-friendly look. Pop out a couple of shorter face-framing pieces in front to bring your curly texture forward and accentuate your cheekbones.
Loose Bubble Bun With Styled Curtain Bangs
This slightly-disheveled style is earthy yet feminine and flirty thanks to the casual shape and loose waves. Try a loose bubble bun on days when you want your hair up and off your neck! Start with a basic ponytail at the crown.
Split the ponytail into 3-4 sections and use bobby pins to twist and secure them into loops above and below the base of the pony. Leave your bangs down and style them over and back, then pull a couple of longer pieces out around your face and behind your ears to nail the casual vibe.
Down and Wavy With High-Volume Side Bangs
Natural wavy texture makes this style easy as pie, but it only takes a few minutes to heat-style waves with a curling iron if your hair is straight! Starting with damp hair, spray a little root-volumizing mousse in and work it in through the midshaft.
Use texturizing mousse or gel from the midshaft to the ends to help define any natural wave.
Blow dry your hair upside down with a diffuser to further build on that volume and texture. When you stand upright, create your side part and perfect the bangs with a round brush if needed.
Middle Part With Big Knotted Headband
Center parts are standard these days, but you can dress up your look a little with the right accessory. We love how a big, knotted headband instantly transforms the hairstyle into something a little more chic and stylish.
air a headband with any length and hair texture, but the contrast here between the sleek, straight hair and the big, textured headband is *chef’s kiss.*
Low Puff Pony
A low puff ponytail is an easy-breezy hairstyle for highly textured hair that always looks cute. Since your curls, coils, or kinky-textured mane is the main event for this style, you have to start with moisturized, defined texture.
Using a good conditioner and leave-in should do the trick, and the right curl cream will define and separate your curls with touchable hold. Use gel to slick the hair back into a low pony and style it out with your fingers for perfectly defined texture.
This is one of the easiest teenage hairstyles for girls to try! If you can do a simple 3-strand braid, you can pull this off in less than 5 minutes. This style looks even better with face-framing pieces hanging down in the front or any type of bang!
Take two small sections from the front and loosely braid them (the basic 3-strand braid is shown here, but feel free to get creative). Secure both braids together at the back with a small elastic to form a half-halo. Boom! You’re done.
Read Next: Types of Braids
Long Carefree Beach Waves
Beach waves are always loose, irregular, and look best with a little frizz. Perfect for turning a bad hair day into one of your best! You can create loose beach waves with a little sea salt spray for texture and to give your strands additional grip.
Create a center part, spritz the salt spray all over, and scrunch it in with your hands.
If you don’t have a trace of wave in your hair, work mousse through your damp locks and blow dry without a brush. Use a curling iron or wand to wind small sections in different directions, leaving the ends out and tugging on the curl while it’s warm for that carefree wavy texture.
Tucked Bob With Side Part
Vintage trends are back in a big way, and this styled bob with a side part is a great way to wear a cool vintage look. The tucked-under ends of the chin-length bob are very 1960s.
And you’ll mix things up with a side part that boosts the volume on top a bit. Keep things sleek and straight to mimic this style, but curly hair looks equally amazing in a bob with a side part!
Flat Braids Into Low Bun
Flat braids are secured against your head instead of hanging loose. These flat cornrows are the perfect protective hairstyle for coily or kinky hair, but it can get boring to wear your hair the same way everyday.
Pull the loose ends of your braids into a low coiled bun to switch things up and pull off this chic, polished style that can just as easily be dressed down.
Bendy Texture With Long Curtain Bangs
Girls with hair texture somewhere in between straight and wavy (typically types 1C and 2A) can confidently rock their natural texture without heat styling. You’ve just got to know how to bring out the natural bend in your hair a bit!
Our favorite trick: Work lightweight mousse into your damp locks, then create a middle part and twist each side toward the back
Hold in place with claw hair clips until it’s 80% dry, then let it down to finish drying. This will leave a slight curve in your hair without going full-on wavy or curly.
Double Twists Into Hanging Braid
This is a cute style that shows off your face and keeps your hair nicely contained without resorting to a basic ponytail. Start by creating a middle part and securing one side with a clip for now.
Split the open section into two pieces at the front hairline and twist each piece in the same direction. Pick up a little more hair from the section behind it as you move, gathering hair as you go and continually twisting.
When you reach the nape, clip it in place and repeat on the other side. Gather both twisted sections together and secure with an elastic. Braid the ends in a 3-strand braid to finish the style.
Tight Twisted Space Buns
This is such a fun and feminine hairstyle for teens! Try tightly twisted space buns to add a little texture and create a boost in volume on the top sides of your head – perfect for girls with a round, pear, or square face shape.
Create a center part and brush your hair into two high ponytails above the ears. You might find it helpful to use gel to keep the hair sleek.
Twist each ponytail tightly until it coils around itself, then wrap the twists around the base of the ponytail to create the space buns. Pin with bobby pins to secure them and finish with a spritz of hairspray to keep flyaways at bay.
We’re always looking for everyday hairstyles that don’t require a special occasion or a ton of styling to pull off. The basic half-updo is a classic that never goes out of style and it’s so easy to do! Separate the top half (or a little less) of your hair and pull it into a ponytail at or just below the crown.
Make it higher if you want extra volume, or tease the hair at the roots to get more lift. Tug on small pieces with your thumb and forefinger to give it some mussed-up texture or brush it sleek for a more polished style.
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Wraparound French Braid Crown
Braid crowns can look super formal or dressed down and casual. This is a great example of a casual take on the style that is school appropriate and so cute! Start French braiding a wide section from the side and bring the braid up parallel to the front hairline.
Keep braiding in a halo shape around the top sides of your head and secure the braid with a small, clear elastic. Bobby pin the ends underneath to hide them. Scrunch some salt spray into the ends to form loose, unstructured waves to nail this look.
Read Next; How to French Braid Your Own Hair
High Sleek Puff Pony
Afro texture makes for an incredible ponytail, especially in contrast with sleek, polished texture in front! Like we’ve mentioned, healthy, moisturized curls with plenty of volume and definition are key to texture-centric styles like this.
Once you’ve worked your favorite leave-in or moisturizing product through, use medium or firm-hold gel to make the front, sides, and back of the ponytail sleek and polished. Use your fingers to twist, separate, and define individual pieces in the puff ponytail for a cute everyday style!
Rope Braid Waves
Rope braids are done by twisting two sections of hair in the same direction (for example, twist both clockwise), then wrapping the twists together in the opposite direction (clockwise) so they hold securely.
This no-heat style looks like you spent all morning on it and literally takes a minute to prep! Start with texturizing mousse throughout your damp hair, then split your hair into 2 halves.
Twist each half into its own rope braid, securing the ends just tightly enough to hold. Sleep on the style and in the morning, take it down to reveal bouncy, shapely waves that hold!
Full Fringe & Trendy Hat
One of the trendiest styles you should be rocking is a cute hat with a full fringe! If you have blunt bangs or any type of bangs that fall across your forehead, adding a hat with a wide brim is a great way to dress up your look instantly.
You’ll look carefully put together and transform a basic outfit into a street style look when you add a trendy hat! Make sure you tilt the hat back a bit to show off your fringe. This look is perfect for those days when your hair just doesn’t want to cooperate.
Side Pony With Partial Locs
Dreadlocks are increasingly worn in different hair textures and if you’re loving the look, this side ponytail is a great style to try! Here, the locs are done from midshaft to ends instead of starting at the roots.
This makes it less of a commitment – you can always brush them out carefully or cut the locs off when you’re ready for a new style! Gather the hair on one side of your head and create a low ponytail so the hair lays over your shoulder.
Half-Up Coiled Bun
Anytime you’re not sure what hairstyle to wear, you can always rely on a bun style to save the day! Try this half-up coiled bun for something different that allows you to show off the length of your lush locks.
Separate the top half (or a little less) and brush it straight back with no tangles or bumps if you want the polished look. Secure the section in a ponytail at the crown.
Twist the ponytail in one direction until it starts coiling back in on itself, wrap the coil around the base of the pony, and pop in a few bobby pins to hold it in place. This look is amazing with bangs!
Spunky Double Dutch Braids
Dutch braids sit on top of the hair, while French braids are tucked into the hair and appear to be braided underneath. Rock these spunky double Dutch braids for a look that is equally tough and sweet – and perfect for gym class!
Doing Dutch braids is easier than you think. Instead of crossing the 2 side pieces of the braid over the middle like a French braid, just cross them under the middle piece to create a Dutch braid. When you’re done, try pancaking the braids to fill them out and widen them a bit.
Who could forget about the reliable classic, the spirited high ponytail? This pretty teenage hairstyle for girls with long hair is easy, quick, and perfect for in-between shampoo days when you’ve got no idea how to style your hair.
Gather your hair at or above the crown to give it lift and a boost of volume. It’ll perk up your face and show off your cheekbones and jawline, too. For an added flair, try wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic to cover it. Just beautiful!
Faux Braid-Back Pigtails
Can’t French braid to save your life? No worries when you know the faux braid trick! Use small elastics to create a faux braid that gives your hair structure and dresses up basic pigtails to look more grown up.
Use a rattail comb to create perfect lines and parts for the design you want and secure the hair in each section with a small elastic. Once you’ve finished the faux braid with elastics, pull the remaining hair into two pigtails at the back of your head. Perfect and fun!
Funky Zulu Knots
Zulu knots are a traditional African hairstyle that perfectly suits highly-textured hair and is very much on-trend. Create Zulu knots by creating a grid all over your scalp using a rattail comb.
Dip your fingers into medium-hold gel as you work to keep the sections smooth. Twist each square section into a tight coil and let it wrap tightly around itself to form the knots. Secure with pins or elastics for the best hold.
Straight Long Layers With Side Part
Naturally straight hair really benefits from long layers – layers with a lot of space in between them to avoid that 90s stair-step layered look.
Long layers give your hair more movement by making the ends more lightweight. Top it off with a side part to make your face look lean and elongated and you’re good to go!
Sleek Boosted Pony With Curled Ends
The quickest and cutest way to transform a ponytail is a simple 2-step process. First, create a boost of volume on top by teasing/backcombing a wide section in the middle.
Smooth the front and pull the hair back into a ponytail at the crown. Second, use a curling iron to curl only the ends of your hair for a chic finish. We love this simple and polished look!
Low Pony With Face-Framing Curls
Bring a low ponytail to life with the simple addition of a few curled tendrils hanging loose around your face. This is going to add a little bounce and movement to your hairstyle, keep most of it contained and out of your way, and still give you the benefit of face-framing texture that adds interest to the style.
After gathering your hair into a sleek low ponytail, pull a couple of shorter sections out around the face. Wind those tendrils around a curling iron and gently tug on them while they’re still warm to loosen up the curls. Gorgeous!
Things to Consider & Styling Tips
Your face shape, hair length, and hair type are going to be the most important factors in choosing hairstyles that flatter you. Here are our best tried-and-true tips on teenage hairstyles girls can feel confident rocking.
Are you an oval, square, round, or heart?
There are several basic face shapes, but the most common are oval, square, round, and heart. The width, length, and narrowest parts of your face are all factors in determining your specific face shape.
- Oval faces: Soft, rounded jawline; face is longer than it is wide
- Square faces: Strong, defined jawline; face is about as wide as it is long
- Round faces: Soft, rounded jawline; face is about as wide as it is long
- Heart faces: Pointed, narrow jawline; face is widest at the forehead
Once you know your face shape, choose styles that accentuate and flatter yours. Ovals can wear any style, while heart faces should opt for less volume on top (no space buns) and more volume near the jawline (like Princess Leia buns or a chin-length bob).
Rounds and squares both need more volume on top to make the face look longer, so any type of bun, braid, or ponytail that boosts the top is great.
What’s your length situation?
In general, you just need to consider whether your hair is short, medium, or long in length to pick the best styles for you. Short hair can range from a pixie to a bob. Medium encompasses bobs to shoulder-length styles. Long hair includes anything past the shoulders.
- If you have short hair, you might opt for styles with lots of texture to add more interest to your look (braids, twists, waves, curls, etc.). Bangs are usually a good choice.
- Medium length styles often look great with bangs to tie the in-between length in better with the face. Focus on creating texture where it flatters your face the most (cheekbones, jawline, eyes, etc.) and experiment with face-framing pieces and bangs.
- Long hair usually looks best with long layers to make the ends lightweight and give them a little more swing. Face-framing layers balance super-long hair and keep it from elongating your face.
How about your hair type?
Everyone’s hair texture and strand shape is slightly different. Knowing your hair type will make all the difference in choosing flattering hairstyles!
Teenage years are stressful enough without forcing your hair into submission every morning with a flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. Learn more about hair types and curl types here: Curl Types.
- Straight (Type 1): Straight hair isn’t wavy; even when air-dried, it’s going to hang almost perfectly straight. You may be type 1A, 1B, or 1C depending on how pin-straight or slightly bendy your hair is.
- Wavy (Type 2): Wavy hair isn’t quite curly, but it definitely has some noticeable bend and curve to it. You may be type 2A, 2B, or 2C depending on the amount and shape of your waves.
- Curly (Type 3): Curly hair is obviously curly and may resemble big, loose ringlets or tight, corkscrew curls and everything in between. These types tend to frizz and dry out. You may be type 3A, 3B, or 3C with curly hair.
- Coily (Type 4): Coily hair is afro-texture hair. It can appear very tightly curled or kinky with no defined curl shape. You may be type 4A, 4B, or 4C depending on the extent and shape of your coils or kinky hair.
Don’t be afraid to make adjustments
Your specific face shape, hair type, and length are unique to you. So not every hairstyle is going to work out as one size fits all, and you need to be comfortable making small adjustments to help a style better suit you.
- Gently teasing hair with a comb will help you create volume near the roots, which you can cover with smooth hair.
- Bobby pins will help you create the shape you want or hide a curl that’s gone wonky.
- Pancaking a braid by pulling it outward will fill out a thin braid and add volume.
- Tugging on small sections in the front of a ponytail or bun will create a casual, tousled texture that looks professionally styled.
- If a style looks boring or blah, add in a small braid or two somewhere to add interest.
- Pull out face-framing pieces to soften a severe-looking ponytail, bun, braid, or updo.
Which Teen Girl’s Hairstyle Will You Pick?
The options are endless in teenage hairstyles for girls – you just need to focus your attention on the ones that will look the best on you! Starting off by being familiar with your face shape, hair type, and length is key.
Once you know what you’re working with, choosing cute styles that flatter you is that much easier. We showed you 30 of the trendiest cute styles for young women and hope you found a bunch of new options you’d like to try!
At this point, you’re pretty much a verifiable expert in teenage hairstyles, girl. So go forth with a new trendy style you love and show off your unique beauty!