No more tears! 5 easy, cute hairstyles to the rescue

Getting the kids out of the house in the morning is no easy feat.

From brushing out tangles to attempting a style, the morning hair situation is arguably one of the most challenging parts of the day.

4 back-to-school hairstyles for boys and girls

    To help make the struggle a bit more bearable (and hopefully avoid the tears), the five hairstyles below are kid-tested and approved. They're beautiful, functional and can be created in minutes for a special-occasion day. No cosmetology license required!

    1. Low updo

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    The low updo is one of the most deceptively easy hairstyles that gives a tousled, fun look. Try this style for school or even for a morel formal event like a musical performance.

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    1. Start by separating hair into three ponytails about 1/2 to 1 inch apart, depending on hair thickness. For thinner hair, keep the ponytails closer together.

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    2. Pull hair halfway through the ponytail to create three looped buns.

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    3. Take both sides of the bun so that it circles the hair tie. Secure with bobby pins.

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    4. Repeat for each ponytail. And voila!

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      2. Chignon

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      This style looks sweet — and complicated — but it's actually quick and easy. It's perfect for ballet class or just an average day when your girl wants her hair off her face.

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      1. Pull hair into low ponytail.

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      2. Separate hair above ponytail and then loop it through the opening.

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      3. Flip the ponytail end up and through the same loop. Secure with bobby pins.

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      4. Adorn with a bow or flower.

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      3. Flower braid

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      Girls absolutely love this style and it can be mastered in just a few quick steps.

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      1. Pull hair into a half-up style and secure with elastic.

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      2. Separate hair above elastic and then loop the half-pony through the opening.

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      3. Braid hair and secure with a small the bottom with a thin elastic.

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      4. Roll braid up into a wheel and secure with bobby pins.

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        3. Messy pigtail buns

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        This new rendition of pigtails is both adorable and functional. Try this style for a special twist on a day filled with outdoor activities.

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        1. Separate hair down the middle and make two high ponytails.

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        2. Pull hair half-way through at the end to create two looped buns.

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        3. Pull individual hair pieces around the hair tie in a circle and secure with bobby pins.

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        4. Accessorize with bows or ribbons.

        4. Double braid

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        To take a standard braid up a notch, simply add another! This cool hairstyle is one that girls will especially love because it only takes two steps.

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        1. On either side of head, add a braid from a small section of hair. Secure with an elastic.

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        2. Pull hair into half up and braid down the center. Secure with elastic and feel free to add a charm or other adornment for extra flair.

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        This article was originally published on Sep. 2, 2016 on TODAY.com.