There are days when you want to leave your hair down but don’t want it getting on your face. The solution? Half-up, half-down hairstyles. As the name implies, a portion of your hair is put up, while the rest is left cascading down your back. They’re great hairstyle options when you want your hair pulled back without putting it in tight braids or buns.
Half updos can work well on any hair length, and the style options range from casual and simple to glamorous and elegant. There’s a half updo for any occasion, and we’ve rounded them up for you to give you loads of inspiration.
Our Favorite Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles
1. Half Ponytail
This quirky and fun hairstyle will definitely paint a smile on your face on a gloomy day. When you tie the upper half of your hair on top of your head, try using two hair ties to make your half ponytail higher and perkier.
Editor’s tip: Tight hairstyles can make your hair prone to breakage, so keep it strong with an anti-hair fall conditioner like Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner. It has revolutionary fiber actives that penetrate up to a cellular level to fortify your strands and prevent breakage.
2. Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle
Instead of tying your hair, why don’t you braid it? This is great for dressy, daytime occasions like birthday lunches, coffee or picnic dates, or even simple garden weddings.
3. Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle With Bun
It’s elegant with a romantic touch. To create a half updo with bun, gather the upper half section of your hair at the back of your head. Tie it, but don’t pull your hair all the way through to form a bun. Braid the untied portion of your supposed half ponytail, then wrap it around the base of your bun. Secure with hair pins, and you’re done! You can also curl the tips of your hair to give it movement.
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4. Half-Up Boho Braid
A bohemian hairstyle like the half-up boho braid makes for a pretty but laidback-looking ‘do. It’s also easy to do. Just create a Dutch braid from your right temple up to the back of your head, and another one on the other side. Secure each braid with bobby pins once they read the back of your head. Gently pull the sides of the Dutch braids to make them thicker and spritz hairspray all over your hair to keep the braids in place.
5. Half Updo With Wispy Bangs
Elevate a simple half updo by pairing it with wispy bangs. This fringed hairstyle is also flattering for a heart-shaped face, as it helps in softening your facial features and achieving a balanced face shape.
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6. Twisted Half Updo With Bobby Pins
Don’t like braids? Go for twists! Create one on each side and secure them at the back of your head with metallic bobby pins to keep your hairstyle from looking plain. You can also curl your hair before creating the twists for volume and bounce.
7. Half-Up Fishtail Braid
Yes, short hair braids exist, and this is one of them. A fishtail braid may look intricate, but trust us, it’s easy to do. First, tie your hair into a half ponytail at the back of your head. Divide this ponytail into left and right sections. Then, take a small section of hair from the outer side of the ponytail’s left part. Do the same on your ponytail’s right section. Repeat this process until you reach the tips of your hair. Secure your fishtail braid with an elastic.
8. Half-Up Top Knot
Got a busy day ahead? Focus on your tasks, instead of the strands on your face, by putting your hair in a half-up top knot. With this ‘do, you can look chic in seconds—perfect when you only have a minute or two to get ready for your next video call.
9. Curly Half Updo With a Head Scarf
Showcase your curls and your gorgeous face with this half up half down hairstyle. After tying your hair into a half ponytail, fold a colorful head scarf and wrap it around your hair tie to jazz up your ‘do.
10. Fishtail Flower Braid
Remember the half-up fishtail braid we talked about earlier? When you do it on long hair, you can turn it into a fishtail flower braid. It’s simple. Just wrap the fishtail braid around its base to create a flower shape and secure it in place with bobby pins.
Now that you have these pegs, have fun experimenting with half-up, half-down hairstyles. Bookmark this page so you can easily get back to it whenever you run out of hairstyle ideas.