How to create a beautiful half-up, half-down braid

Bored of your usual braided ‘do and searching for half-up, half-down braid hairstyles? Then step this way to discover the model-worthy look of your dreams...  

Always dreamed of rocking a gorgeous half-up, half-down braid hairstyle? Well, now you can, with our simple tutorial on how to a get a half-up braid, below!

Scroll down to see how you can create a half-up French braid hairstyle. And since half braided looks are seriously hot-to-trot, we’ve also decided to include a few other half-up braid hairstyle variations, below.

How to do a simple half-up, half-down braid in 6 steps

Step 1

Wash your hair.

Begin by washing your hair with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo

This nifty reverse wash system will condition your mane, leave it feeling smooth, perfectly polished and ready to rock your half-up braid!

Half-up half-down braid: Blonde model with clean hair
Step 2

Apply mousse.

When creating half braided hairstyles, you’ll want a little extra help from a body-boosting styling product, like the VO5 Volume Mousse.

Squirt a tennis ball-sized amount of mousse into your palm and evenly distribute it through your damp hair.

Not only will this mousse help make your hair appear fuller and more volumised, but it will also help protect it from heat damage! Smart, right?

Blonde model squirting mousse into her hand
Step 3

Section and curl.

Now section your hair in half horizontally and clip the top section out of the way for now (we’ll come back to it later!).

Then use a curling wand to curl 1-2 inch wide sections of hair at a time. You only need to hold the hair in place for a few seconds to form a nice, loose curl.

Continue working in these sections until your entire head (except the top section) of hair is curled.

Blonde model curling her hair with a tong
Step 4

Prep your hair for braiding.

Apply a little of the Toni&Guy Root Lift Powder to your hair before you start braiding. This will help prep your hair for plaiting by giving it a little grip.

Blonde model sprinkling root powder on parted hair.
Step 5

Divide your hair.

Create a parting with the tip of your comb. Then take a small section from one side of the parting and divide it into three equal parts.

Blonde model dividing a section of hair evenly into three.
Step 6

Create braid.

Weave your simple braid by crossing the left strand over the middle and then the right strand over the new middle.

Close up of a blonde model
Step 6

Continue weaving.

Continue weaving your braid securing the end with a clear elastic hairband. Repeat on the other side.

Close up of a blonde model
Step 7

Final look.

Draw your two plaits towards the back your head. Create a crown-like shape, making sure to tuck the ends of your braids and pin in place.

Blonde model with half-up, half-down braid


How to create a half-up, half down French braid


backshot of model with half-up,half-down french braid hairstyle
Add some je ne sais pas quoi to your look with this half-up, half-down French braid!

Looking for a half-up braid hairstyle that’s perfect for both daytime and evening outings? Well, this pretty half-up, half-down French braid might just be the answer to all your hair prayers — especially if you’re a rookie braider!

How to get the look:

1. After brushing through your hair to remove any knots or tangles, spray your roots and lengths with the TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray. This will help give your mane enviable body and lift, making it easier to create your half-up braid!

Editor’s tip: You can rock this gorgeous half-up, half-down braid look with straight hair, but we think it looks best with curls or loose waves!

2. Now for the fun part: creating your half-up, half-down French braid! Start by creating a neat centre part with your finger or a comb, then take a section of hair on the left side, dividing it into 3 sections.

Now start weaving a French braid (by crossing the side strands over the middle, instead of under) and pick up more hair from the sides as you go, until you reach around the middle of the back of your crown.

From here, continue to weave a standard 3-strand plait all the way down to the ends. Secure your first plait with a clear elastic headband.

3. Repeat step 2 on the right side of your hair.

4. To finish off your pretty double French plaits, pancake them by gently pull apart each section of the braid with your thumb and pointer finger. This nifty trick will make your hair instantly appear fuller.

Editor’s tip: Combine this technique with a sculpting powder, like the Toni&Guy Root Lifting Sculpting Powder, which should be applied before you pancake and prepare to be amazed!


6 half-up braid hairstyles you should try


Now that you’ve learnt how to get a half-up, half-up braid, you’ve opened yourself up to a whole new world of hot hair styling possibilities! Need some inspo? See some of our favourite hairdos for half-up braid hairstyles, below.

backshot of model with half up half down braid boho hairstyle
Be three times the boho-queen with this braided half-up ‘do!

1. Triple boho half-up, half-down braid

You’ve heard of boho hairstyles, but have you heard of the triple boho half-up braid? Well, let us introduce you!

Featuring a playful mix of hidden braids and a half-up ponytail, this unique braided hairstyle is sure to inject a free-spirited feminine vibe to your flowing locks! And doesn’t it looks as cool as it sounds?

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Channel your inner Ariel with a gorgeous half-up, half-down mermaid braid. Credit:

2. Mermaid braids

As we’re sure you already know: mermaid hair has become the look to rock. So, it comes as no surprise that Ariel-worthy half-up braid hair exists! Don’t believe us? One glance at the dreamy picture above is all you need! Credit: @kayleymelissa

Now, if you fancy nabbing this fresh-out-of-water look for yourself, follow these 4 steps! Easy peasy, eh?

backshot of model with mid length hair styled into a half up half down braid
Dance the night away with this dreamy, romantic half-up braid hairstyle!

3. Romantic braided half-up hairstyle

Looking for some #hairspiration for prom or a wedding you’re attending? Look no further, as we think we may have the answer with this beautiful, romantic Dutch braided updo.

The pretty braid is a great way of tapping into the ever-popular half-up braid trend, while also keeping the look elegantly stylish.

backshot of woman with short half up half down braid hairstyle
Have short hair? You too can reap the half-up, half-down braid benefits! Credit:

4. Short half-up, half-down braid hairstyle

Think having short hair means you can’t reap the half-up braid benefits? If you have a bob or a long bob, you’ll be happy to know you can create an amazing array of half-up, half-down braid hairstyles.

From half-up braided crowns to braided half-up space buns, rocking half-up looks is about to become your forte! Credit: @cabellobycarolina

model with half up half down braid to the side on the beach
This side half-up, half-up braid hairstyle will make your hair the mane masterpiece at your next event! Credit: Credit: Kristen Soileau

5. Half-up, half-down French braid to the side

Want a stunning half-up, half-down French braid hairstyle that won’t take ages to create? Sounds like you need to try this gorgeous side-swept braid!

This is a style that looks just as good by the pool as it does at a summer wedding, and should be paired with a set of beachy waves for maximum effect. #Slay!

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Add a touch of romance to your tresses with this floral half-up braid hairstyle. Credit:

6. Floral half-up, half-down braid

With summer hot on our heels, you’ll need a look that’ll brighten up your mane! But what to choose? Well, this braided half-up floral fishtail braid epitomises a cool, feminine festival attitude, plus it’s pretty easy to style.

If you prefer to wear your hair without flowers, but still want a bloomin’ hairstyle, you should try out our flower braid bun hair tutorial. It’s girly, quirky and cool in equal amounts, so there’s nothing not to love! Credit: @moodycloset


Simply can’t get enough half-up braid hairstyles for your mane? Great! Then you’ll love the all the pretty plaits on our Braids page. Check them out!

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