The Dark Academia is an aesthetic that breathes ultimate fall vibes. So every now and then I create a Dark Academia Aesthetic post here, and today I will list some elegant and romantic dark academia hairstyles for inspiration.

I always like to explain in my posts about aesthetics that I have a degree in graphic design and I created this magazine because I think the new meaning given to the word aesthetic is wonderful.

Aesthetic on the internet is a visual tool that helps people connect with their most authentic selves, through color identification, elements, and symbols from a set of images, styling, and photo editing that are filled with storytelling and symbols that set an alarm in our heart, guiding us towards what make sense to us.

In this post, I list Dark Academia hairstyles not only because it is an autumn trend, but because these hairstyles are symbolic and visual expressions that communicate a preppy, chic, romantic, vintage, and mysterious identity.

Generative AI Disclosure: I created this post in 2022, and today (June 2024) I am updating it, adding new ideas made with AI-generated images. I like to promote the best content made by real people with the proper credits to them, but I also realized that the right use of AI can expand creative possibilities and inclusion possibilities. All AI images have a tag.

21 Cool Dark Academia Nails Ideas For This Fall

Low Ponytail


Easy and sober, the low ponytail, with or without bangs works for every type of hair and will have a special dark academia expression when done with a bow.

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dark academia curly hair
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Classic High Bun


red haired woman bun dark academia hairstyle
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black girl dark academia hairstyle
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black girl with box braids dark academia hair
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High buns and bangs or messy fringes.

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Low bun


The most common hairstyle in every dark academia profile on Instagram! It is easy yet formal. Don’t forget to leave a bunch of hair in the front, creating the effect of a cute, messy, fake and long bang.

dark academia low bun hair
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Low bun and fringe, my favorite!

dark academia low bun with bangs hair
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Low bun with a scrunchie


Low ponytail with a beret


Traditional ponytail with a bow


Classic high ponytail on natural long hair


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dark academia pony tail hair
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Braided Ponytail


dark academia braids hair style plus size woman
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Ponytail on short hair


Half-up hair with a bow


Together with the low bun, this is the top popular dark academia hairstyle. Easy, cute and sophisticated.

dark academia hairstyle with black bow
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dark academia long hair style with black bow
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Half up hair

dark academia hairstyle on long dark hair
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Beanie & Bangs on long hair


A beret on short hair


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dark academia short hairstyle with beret for autumn fashion
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dark academia short hairstyle with beret for autumn fashion
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dark academia short hairstyle with beret for autumn fashion
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Hairband on short hair


dark academia hairstyle on blond short hair with bangs and headband
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dark academia black girl hairstyle with headband
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Headbands on long hair


dark academia preppy hairstyle with headband on medium lenght hair
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Messy Braids


Wednesday inspired braids


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Vintage Braids


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dark academia braided haristyle on blond plus size woman
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Natural Dark Academia hairstyles


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Middle part straight


Middle part curly


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Middle part with clips on straight long hair


Middle part with clips on curly hair


Middle part with clips on wavy short hair


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