Styling your child’s hair for school

Although I don’t believe your hair affects your school work, apparently most schools do. So we have to work with that to avoid a constant battle with them. Here’s a little guide to kids hair style do’s and don’ts for school.

Nursery- do as you please. I think as long as you check the hair regularly for lice, as always required, you have no set rules. Some will ask long hair to be tied but for nursery, surely a little ponytail or plait does the job a treat? They spend most of their nursery days playing so as long as it’s out of their face, I think this will be good enough.

Primary School

Boys are generally asked to have the hair no less than a grade 1 and tidy. If you want to learn how to style your boys hair, they usually don’t mind a little product but not excessive amounts; just more “normal” styles only. I don’t think long mohawks are aloud and no colours either (boringgggg!)

For the girls, tied back is the preferred option. Plaits, buns, ponytails, bunches; anything securely up and out of their face. Fringes are dandy but let’s keep them trimmed shall we? We don’t want them not seeing the work they are writing. I have known shorter styles to be frowned upon, so double check before allowing the shaved undercut or asymmetric styling. Again no colour is allowed and no crazy hair accessories. Simple headbands, bobbles, clips and scrunchies; anything which keeps them looking smart while in their uniform.

Secondary School

A minefield of creation in unruly teenagers who want to outdo each other and don’t particularly like washing! YAY! I’m not there yet thank goodness but we are close!

Boys: again, no crazy colour except anything which could pass as natural, so the odd highlighting technique is usually ok if in fashion, as is perming. Styling is acceptable, yet again no crazy styles are usually approved of. Washing is essential and appreciated by all though!

Girls: like the boys, natural colours only. However, I have known girls through the years to have the odd colour added underneath the hair or in an area where the natural hair can cover it. Unless the colour is obvious, it’s usually more accepted.
Up or down, it’s up to you as long as you can deal with it. When I was at secondary school, I loved having different hairstyles and thrived off having a different style each day. It was my time to experiment and find hairstyles that I loved. Isn’t that what the teenage years are about, finding yourself?

This is just a little guide but check with your children’s school first as their rules may be totally different.

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