Asian woman with short hair in a half up half down hairstyle.

Easy Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles We Love

Transform your everyday look from drab to fab with these pretty half updos.

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.

Must-Try Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles

1. Half Ponytail

Asian woman with a half-up half-down hairstyle smiling.
Want a cute hairstyle for school? Try this half updo. Credit: Hariono Halim

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.

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2. Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle

Back shot of a woman with a braid in a half-up half-down hairstyle.
This braided half updo is one of the easiest half-up, half-down hairstyles. Credit: Hariono Halim

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 Updo With Blunt Bangs

Asian woman with a half up half down hairstyle with bangs wearing sunglasses.
Always blow-dry your blunt bangs down and straight to keep them in good shape. Credit: Lê Minh from Pexels

Straight-across bangs add a hip and contemporary flair to your half updo. With this hairstyle, you get to wear your hair pulled back while letting your fringe draw attention to your eyes (or statement eyewear!).

For an edgy twist, cut your blunt bangs above your eyebrows.

4. Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle With Bun

Asian woman with long hair in a half-up half-down hairstyle with bun.
Whether you’re wearing a long gown or a pretty dress, this hairstyle completes your whole look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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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5. Half-Up Boho Braid

Back of an Asian woman with a half-up boho braid hairstyle.
Leave the rest of your hair tousled for a textured look. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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. 

6. Half Updo With Wispy Bangs

Asian woman with long hair in a half updo with wispy bangs.
Wispy bangs add a fresh twist to a simple half updo. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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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7. Half Updo With a Ribbon Hair Tie

Back of an Asian woman with long hair in a half updo with a ribbon hair tie.
You can match the color of your ribbon hair tie with your outfit to create a cohesive look. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Wrap a ribbon hair tie around the base of your half updo to create a dainty and romantic hairstyle. Try this ‘do when you’re off to a garden party or a brunch date with your friends. You can also style your hair this way when you want to add a delicate vibe to your everyday look.

8. Twisted Half Updo With Bobby Pins

Back of an Asian woman with short hair in a twisted half updo with metallic bobby pins.
Try this half updo on bobs and lobs. Credit: Hariono Halim

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.

9. Half-Up Fishtail Braid

Back of an Asian woman with short hair in a half-up fishtail braid.
Whether your hair is long or short, you can style it this way. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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.

10. Half-Up Top Knot

Asian woman with a half-up top knot.
A hair tie and a couple of bobby pins are all you need to create this hairstyle. Credit: Dennie Ramon

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.

11. Curly Half Updo With a Head Scarf

Asian woman with curly hair in a half-up half-down hairstyle.
A half updo looks fab on curly hair, too. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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.

12. Fishtail Flower Braid

Asian woman with long hair in a half-up fishtail braid.
Elevate your braided half-up bun by creating a flower shape. Credit: Natasha Estelle

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.

13. Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle With a Hair Clip

Back of an Asian woman with medium-length hair in a half updo wearing a pink outfit.
Keep your half-up, half-down hairstyle low for understated elegance. Credit: All Things Hair Team

Big hair clips or barrettes can hold bigger sections of hair, that’s why you can use them to create a half-up, half-down hairstyle. Choose minimalist but elegant designs if you want to give off quiet luxury.

14. Half Updo With a Hair Bow

Back of an Asian woman with straight hair in a half updo accessorized with a hair bow.
Make your hair bow pop by choosing one that contrasts with your hair. Credit: Pixta

Some hair clips and scrunchies have a bow on them, giving character to your half updo. The result is a charming and playful hairstyle that you can wear to school, when running errands, or when hanging out at your favorite café.

15. Half Updo With a Hair Claw

Back of a woman with hair in a half updo secured by a claw clip.
Create an effortlessly chic half updo with a hair claw. Credit: Shutterstock

We can’t finish talking about hair clips without mentioning hair claws. These versatile hair accessories let you create various hairstyles in a jiffy. You can put your hair in a half updo in less than a minute just by gathering the upper half section of your hair on your crown and securing it in place with a hair claw. That’s it!

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.