Gallery of Cute Teen Hair Styles

Rebecca Wiseman
cute beachy curls

Beachy Curls

There are lots of cute looks for teens for every hair length and texture. Find a style that is right for you and you'll feel comfortable and confident!

You don't have to go to the beach to get this cute look. A great option for blunt cuts on medium to long hair, this style starts with a large barrel curling iron and day-old hair. Create large curls, concentrating on the middle and ends of the hair. Once cool, finger comb through the curls and add a small amount of texturizing product throughout the hair.

Tapered Long Locks

Tapered Long Locks

Long hair can be tapered for extra texture and bounce. Side bangs frame the face, and the tapered edges add movement while giving your look a modern style. To get this look, use a flat iron to straighten and smooth the hair. At the ends, gently roll the flat iron outward and off the ends of the hair. Use a small amount of shine serum through the hair to fight the effects of humidity and keep your style looking fresh.

Cute Short Cut

Short Tapered Cut

Short hair styles can be just as cute as long hair. A thin, tapered style frames the face while long bangs highlight the eyes. This cut can easily be styled using a medium round brush while blow drying. The round brush will add volume to the top, smooth the hair, and add a wave to the finished style. After hair is dry, use your fingers to comb through it and finish with a light mist of styling spray.

side-swept bangs and cute curls

Side-Swept Bangs

Medium length hair is very versatile, and you can wear this cute look with side-swept bangs and light curls for many occasions.

Use a shine serum on damp hair, and part the hair to the side, allowing bangs to fall slightly over one eye. Using a diffuser on a blow dryer, lightly lift the top of the hair while drying to add volume. Add curls to the lower part of the hair using a medium barrel curling iron on the ends.

cute flat ironed hair

Cute Flat-Ironed Style

Flat-ironed hair doesn't have to be severe. As this model's style shows, you can have a cute, flirty look with straightened hair. This is a great style for girls with bangs and light layers.

To get the look, straighten your hair with a flat iron, turning the iron slightly inward towards your face when you get to the ends of the hair. After straightening, fluff hair up slightly, especially near the crown and top of the head, to keep if from looking too "done." Finish with a volumizing hairspray.

tapered layers

Tapered Layers

Medium-length tapered layers with a slight flip are a fun look with plenty of bounce and movement for an energetic personality. Use a medium or large round brush while blow drying to achieve the flirty flip.

cute defined curls hairstyle

Defined Curls

Defined curls are always a cute look and adding volume at the crown keeps them modern. Apply a volumizing spray or mousse and curl the hair using hot rollers or a medium barrel curling iron. Brush through the top of the hair and back comb lightly to create volume, smoothing the top section of the hair over to keep it from looking too messy. Use a wide-tooth comb or pick lightly to separate the curls.

Natural Curls

Natural Curls

Teens with curly hair should take advantage of their hair's natural movement. Why spend hours trying to change the way your hair looks when others wish they had your natural curl? Long, tight curls are bouncy and beautiful.

Heat makes natural curls frizzy, so air drying is the way to go. Apply a styling creme for curls to towel-dried hair and comb through. Then, simply scrunch and go.

cute long hair with waves

Loose Waves

Loose waves are not only cute, they can also be easy to style. To make early-morning styling a breeze, wear a few foam rollers in your hair overnight or wear them in damp hair while you're getting ready in the morning. Make sure to use mousse or another styling product first to help set the waves. After you take out the rollers, brush through the curls and mist hair all over with a flexible styling spray.

Messy Waves

Messy Waves

If you have wavy hair, a slight bed head hair style can be a cute casual look that's super-easy. Tame your bangs with a light spritz of hair spray and let the back of your hair stay free and easy.

Wavy Bangs

Wavy Bangs

Bangs are a youthful, cute look, and long blunt bangs can be perfect to frame your face if they have a slight wave or swoop. For a romantic touch, be sure the bangs are long enough to touch your eyebrows, or keep them even longer for side swept bangs.

short face framing style

Short Face-Framing Style

Girls with short hair have a range of cute looks to choose from. Rather than a completely polished look, you can leave hair looking slightly windswept to keep it playful.

For this hair style, blow dry hair using a diffuser, then create a deep side part. Brush the ends of the hair in towards the face and apply a flexible hold finishing spray.

cute spiky ponytail

Spiky Ponytail

Ponytails are an essential style for teens but they don't have to be boring. Perfect for shorter hair, you can get this style by securing a hair elastic at the crown of the head and pulling the ends of the hair upward for a spiky effect. Lightly spray the finished style with a firm hold hairspray.

cute low side ponytail

Side Ponytail

Simple, fun and flirty, a side ponytail is an easy way to depart from your regular pony. Secure with a hair elastic at the nape of the neck, slightly to one side. You can wear a low side pony with a middle or side part, or simply pull all the hair back.

Micro Braids

Micro Braids

Micro braids are a fun, cute hair style for African American teenagers. The delicacy of the braids helps the style stay bouncy and light. They can also be arranged into many different styles.

razored layers

Razored Layers

An edgy hair style can be cute with bold color in blunt, razored layers. A softer shade can be added for a more natural hue. You'll need a spiky cut as well as a blow dryer, firm hold gel, and firm hold finishing spray to achieve this look. Apply gel to towel dried hair and use a vented brush as you blow dry in the direction you want the hair to go. Once the hair is dry, pull it with your fingers or brush it the way you want it to stay. Spray the hair before removing the brush or your fingers.

Blunt Bob

Blunt Bob

Bobbed hair is a popular teen style, and a blunt, straight bob can be cute for an oval or long face. The bangs help frame the face while the edges of the hair that extend past the jaw help balance the length. This look is perfect for those with straight hair, though those who have natural waves can achieve the look with smoothing gel and a flat iron.

cute teen updo

Adorable Updo

An updo isn't just for formal looks. There are plenty of adorable, modern updos that you can wear for any occasion. They are also a perfect go-to look for long hair. To get this look, pull hair up at the back or top of the head instead of at the nape of the neck and secure. Instead of leaving the 'do completely smooth, pull several pieces of hair out to frame the face.

Short Natural Curls

Short Natural Curls

A short layered cut is the perfect wash-and-go style for a busy teen with natural curls. Apply a curling cream or mousse to towel dried hair and use a diffuser on your blow dryer to add volume at the roots, or let it air dry. Curls have a mind of their own, so don't fight them with lots of products.

Inverted Bob

Inverted Bob

An inverted bob with stacked layers in the back is a hip and playful look. Use a smoothing serum and a flat iron to make it perfectly straight. Those with natural waves can easily wear this style as well since it works straight or wavy.

Temporary Colored Ends

Temporary Colored Ends

Add a pop of color to your tresses with a temporary color or hair chalk. Both will wash out the next time you wash your hair, and you can change the colors often to suit your mood or outfit.

Asymmetrical Pixie

Asymmetrical Pixie

This modern take on the classic pixie cut works best with thick, straight hair. To achieve this look, apply mousse to towel dried hair and use a small round brush to pull the top of the hair forward from the crown, and bring the sides and back of the hair down while blow drying. Add a little texturizing taffy to your fingers and gently fluff the top crown area. Pull the top and sides with your fingers to work them to the longer side. Use a finishing hair spray to make the hair stay in place.

Colorful headband

Colorful Headband

Whether you wear braids or wear your hair down, a colorful headband can be a go-to accessory. You can even add a vintage look to your outfit with a crocheted headband. Whether it's fabric, metal, or plastic, a colorful headband makes for a quick and easy hair style.

An Elegant Headscarf

An Elegant Headscarf

Headscarves come in many designs, colors, and fabrics. They are an easy and elegant way to keep your hair in place. Wear one with your hair brushed back under it or pull your bangs and a few pieces around your face forward and out.

Messy Twist or Bun

Messy Twist

A simple and quick style is a messy twist. It is a modern play on the classic French twist. This style works best on medium length hair and if you have a natural wave, all the better. Pull your hair back and twist it loosely twice. Use a clamp-style hair clip to secure the twist just above the occipital bone (the bend at the back of the head). Gently fluff and pull the ends around to cover the hair clip. Lightly spray with a finishing hair spray to tame the ends.

A great cut is the basis of any cute hair style. Play around with different styles and products to find what works for you.

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Gallery of Cute Teen Hair Styles