Half up criss cross: A simple hairstyle that suits romantic dates

All Things Hair Team | 10 November 2018
Half up criss cross: Side view of an Asian woman wearing a red dress with long black hair in half up criss cross hairstyle standing against a blue background
10 minutes Style Easy

Looking pretty doesn’t mean slaving for hours in front of the mirror. Learn how to create the half up criss cross and add it to your list of easy hairstyles

Imagine this. It’s 5pm on a Saturday night. You have a date. Your boyfriend will pick you up at 7pm. You start getting ready, but you get stuck in front of the mirror, wondering how to style your hair. You want a hairstyle that’s different but easy to do. Well, worry no more! Let us teach you the half up criss cross. It’s similar to a half updo but with a twist (or should we say, several twists). Now, get your comb and bobby pins ready because we’re going to get busy.



Create a half up criss cross in 8 easy steps



Half up criss cross: Asian woman with long black hair and red dress standing against a blue background
1

Wash hair

Keep your hair soft and manageable by using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner. This way, your hair will be easy to style.

Half up criss cross: Asian woman wearing a red dress with her back turned to the camera pinning a section of her long hair near her crown and standing against a blue background
2

Pin it

Take a section of your hair from your crown. Use a fine-toothed comb to make it neat, then pin this section on its left and right side. Make sure this section rests securely on your head.

 

Half up criss cross: Asian woman wearing a red dress holding a small section of her long hair and standing against a blue background
3

One at a time

Take a small section of hair near your hairline. Twist it, then pin it at the back of your head near your crown.

Half up criss cross: Closeup shot of TONI&GUY Body Amplify Hairspray and bobby pin being held by hands against a blue backgrouund
4

Give it grip

To make hairstyling easier, follow this hair hack: Spritz TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray on your bobby pins to give them grip. Doing this will make them hold your hair better. Then, when you pin your hair, make sure that the textured side of the pin is against your scalp and the smooth side is showing.

 

Half up criss cross: Closeup shot of hair with sections being twisted to create a half up criss cross hairstyle against a blue background
5

Twist and pin

Twist a a section of hair and pin it near your crown. Do the same on the left side of your hair. Make sure that you hide the pins as you create and pin the new twist.

 

Half up criss cross: Closeup shot of the back of a woman's head with hair being styled into half up criss cross against a blue background
6

Twist again

Continue twisting sections of hair until you reach your ear level. Again, make sure the pins are hidden.

Half up criss cross: Asian woman with long black hair and wearing a red dress spritzing shine spray on her styled hair and standing against a blue background
7

Let it shine

Spritz TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray on your hair when your done styling to give it shine. 

Half up criss cross: Asian woman wearing a red dress with long black hair in half up criss cross hairstyle standing against a leafy backdrop in an outdoor location
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You're all set

Put your hair in a half up criss cross when you need to dress up. Going on a romantic dinner date? Let your beau focus on your pretty face by putting your hair in this half updo. Attending an art gallery opening? Watching a ballet or opera? A half up criss cross goes well with your cocktail dress. Even seemingly ordinary events like a dinner at our favorite restaurant can be made special with this hairstyle.

Create this ‘do with the help of these products. Get them through these links:

TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner

The half up criss-cross hairstyle just shows that you can glam up in just a few minutes. This way, you can spend less time prepping and more time enjoying your date.

Next read: Do you love braids? They’re versatile hairstyles that can suit almost any type of activity—from working out, running errands, to going out on a date. Check out these pretty braids for long hair and choose which one is best for your plans for the day.