23 Stunning Half-up, Half-down Wedding Hair Ideas

Okay, you’re facing the dilemma every bride has to figure out before their big day: wedding hair up or down? Sure you’ll look elegant with an updo, but what if you want to show off your long or short hair? Well, you’ll be pleased to know you can get the best of both worlds with a half-up, half-down wedding hair ‘do.

Now, we understand you don’t want to spend ages looking for half-up, half-down looks, so we’ve decided to do the hard work for you! We have rounded 23 beautiful examples to get you inspired.

Half-Up, Half-Down Wedding Bun

Half up half down wedding hairstyles: Woman with long bleach blonde curly styled into a half-up bun, posing outside.
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One of our favourite half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles? This simple half-up bun with gorgeous loose curls, of course. If you’ve got blonde curly hair, this look is destined for you. 

Half-Up, Half-Down Crown Braid

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This romantic, half-up crown braid hairstyle works on both curly and straight strands, and will totally make you feel like a queen for your big day.

TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray Front

Editor’s tip: Make braiding your hair easy with the TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray. Helping to give hair structure when styling, this hairspray is ideal for creating and maintaining woven styles.

Headband Braid on Short Hair

Woman with dark hair styled into a crown braid
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If you’ve got short hair, there’s no need to feel left out. You can totally pull off a half-up braided look, just like this beauty does. The best part? You won’t need a glam squad to help you create this super easy braid.

Half-Up Dutch Braid

Woman with blonde curly hair and a Dutch headband braid.
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Love will truly be in the hair if you decide to go for this half-up, half-down Dutch braid. While it may look complicated, trust us: it isn’t!

Double-Twisted Half-Up Wedding hair

Woman with double braid half-up wedding hairstyle with clips making a star pattern.
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Embellish your double-twisted half-up ‘do with some bobby pins (like this bride-to-be has done), for a charming look that’s full of unique flair. See? Half-up wedding hairstyles don’t need to be complicated to look good.

Wavy Half-Up Hair with Pearls

Woman with boho mermaid half up braids.
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Elegant, upscale affairs call for glamorous ‘dos. So, we suggest using them as accent pieces to bring a touch of sophistication and class to an otherwise simple, wavy half-up hairstyle.

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil Front

Editor’s tip: Want to make your half-up, half-down wedding hair shine? Use a few drops of a shine-booster like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil. This will give your hair a luxurious high shine as well as protect it from frizz.

Half-Up, Half-Down Curly Bouffant

Woman with half-up red curly bouffant.
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Are you a bride looking to dial up the drama and make an unforgettable entrance? Then a volume-packed half-up, half-down curly bouffant is sure to make you shine.

Sleek Half-Up, Half-Down Bun

Person with a blonde half up bun and bandana.
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When you’re a perfectionist, finding half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles that match your intuitive nature may seem impossible. But fret not, as this fashion-forward, ultra-sleek ‘do has totally got your back.

Half-Up, Half-Down French braids

Woman with half-up French braid wedding hair 'do.
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Whether you’re a French braid pro or not, you really can’t go wrong with this wavy half-up, half-down hairstyle.

Sleek Bouffant

Wedding hairstyles for greasy hair: woman with bouffant bun hairstyle
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Are you a mysterious bride looking for mesmerising half-up, half-down wedding hairstyle? Then check out this sexy and sophisticated half-up bouffant.

With a long fringe that swoops to the side, your gorgeous locks will make sure your soon-to-be partner stays under your spell.

Half-Up, Half-Down with Side Part

Woman with half-up blonde curly wedding hair.
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Simple yet sophisticated, you can put a twist on the classic half-up half-down by moving the parting to the side. Bonus tip: embellish the side of your hair with a gem accessory for an even more stylish result.

TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse Front

Editor’s tip: For dreamy curls like these, you can try a volumising mousse like TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse, designed to give your mane extra oomph without any greasiness or weight.

Boho Fishtail Wedding Hairstyle

Woman with brown fishtail wedding hair.
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Looking for more boho half-up, half-down wedding hair ideas? Try this fancy, flirty half-up fishtail braid on for size.

Classic Bump with Half-Up Curls

Half-up hairstyle bride.
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Prefer classic looks that haven’t gone out of style? You really can’t go wrong with a polished vintage hairstyle. With these picture-perfect curls and a traditional wedding dress to match, you’ll make everyone believe you’re in an old romance.

Classic Curls with Bump on Long Hair

Woman with half-up brown wedding 'do.
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Brides with medium-to-long hair will be glad to know that they can also go down the classic route with this eye-catching wedding hairstyle.

Charming Waterfall Braid

Close up shot of a model with dark brown hair styled into a waterfall braid, wearing white dress and posing in a studio.
Credit: Hariono Halim

There’s nothing wrong with chasing waterfalls! Which is why you should pay homage to your innovative and avant-garde self with a wondrous waterfall braid.

Fun, flirty and super-stylish, a waterfall hairstyle is also one of this season’s hottest ‘dos, being ideal for taming flyaways, while achieving a breezy and effortless look.

Fancy Half-Up Fishtail Braid

Woman with blonde half-up half-down fishtail style.
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If you want to show off your lovely long blonde hair, you need to copy this romantic and beachy wedding hairstyle, pronto.

Half-Up Wedding Braid with a Veil

Woman with half-up wedding hair with daisy accessories and a veil.
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Relying on a wedding veil to complete your look? You can easily team one with any of the half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles mentioned in this edit, but this particular example is our favourite. 

Floral Curls

Indian wedding hair long curly waves.
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Rich chocolate locks styled into a half-up, half-down wedding styles look great with tonnes of movement and body. Topped with colourful flowers, this will make the perfect hairstyle for your big day.

19. Floral Barrette with Half-Up Braid

Woman with red half-up red wedding hair with flowers.
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Want more floral half-up, half-down wedding hair ideas? You can keep your locks out of your face in style with a beautiful floral barrette.

Elegant Half-Up Hair with a Wedding Veil

Woman with half-up wedding 'do with veil.
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If flowers aren’t your thing, you’ll look equally as stunning on your big day with this blown-out half-up hairstyle.

Tousled Half-Up Wedding Hair

Bride with half-up curly wedding hair.
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For a romantic look that’s easy to do, simply twist back two strands of your hair and tie them together.

Natural Half-Up Wedding Hairstyle

Woman with naturally curly hair in soft, half-up style.
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Want to show off your natural texture? Make like this beauty and wear your hair like this.

Simple Half-Up Braids

Woman with triple half up braids.
Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Add a bit of oomph to sleek strands by fashioning them into this easy half-up, half-down braid style.

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