Half-up hairstyle for short hair: Tutorial by Maddie Bruce

Chic in the front, party in the back!  

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Maddie Bruce half up hairstyle blonde hair



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Looking for a half-up hairstyle for short hair? Then you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve enlisted the help of beauty vlogger Maddie Bruce, who’s going to show you how to whip up a pretty half-up, half-down hairstyle in no time. And trust us, this hairstyle looks just as good from the front as it does from the back.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to style your short hair like a pro, watch the video above, and read on for a detailed step-by-step guide, below!

Pretty half-up hairstyle tutorial by Maddie Bruce


Wash your hair.

This half-up hairstyle looks best on fresh, clean hair, so start by washing your mane with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner duo.

If, like Maddie, you often dye your hair, try using the Dove Nourishing Secrets Strengthening Ritual: Avocado Shampoo and Conditioner, as this wash and care system helps to prevent hair breakage.

Maddie Bruce blonde wet hair

Apply sea salt spray.

To help create texture and tousle, apply the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray to towel-dried hair. Then use a hair dryer to dry your mane.

Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Curl and backcomb your hair.

After your hair is completely dry, use a pair of straighteners or a curling tong to add some textured waves into your hair.

Then, using a comb, backcomb the underneath section of your crown area, to create volume and body. Now section off one portion of hair from either side of the front of your face – you’ll use these sections in the next step to create your half-up hairstyle.

Maddie Bruce half up hairstyle tutorial

Twist your hair.

Working with one section of hair at a time, twist your strands, and then pull your hair towards the back of your head, pinning it in place with some bobby pins.

Repeat this process on the other section of your hair, pinning this twist on top of the first.

Maddie Bruce blonde bob tutorial

Add a hair accessory.

To give your half-up hairstyle a little extra pizzazz, fix a hair accessory on top of your bobby pins. Not only will this help conceal them, but it’ll also make your ‘do look extra pretty.

Maddie Bruce blonde hair half updo tutorial

Final look: Set with spray.

To give your half-up hairstyle a more dishevelled, undone finish, pull a few tendrils of hair free near the front. Then set your look in place with a healthy dose of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

And there you have it: a textured ‘do, à la Maddie Bruce!

Maddie Bruce half up hairstyle blonde hair


For more ideas on how to style your short hair, why not head on over to our Short Hairstyles page, where you’ll be greeted with a whole host of fashionable styling ideas and tutorials! And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Lorna Literally’s take on the wet-look hair trend, too.

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