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Half Up Half Down Braid: How to Create 2 Completely Different Braided Styles

Braided hairstyles are here to stay. Add these half braided styles to your list of braids to try.

We’re predicting that braided hair looks will reign supreme this year. Braids have become a mainstay in our list of hairstyles to wear day in and day out. Whether you’re getting your Street Style looks ready your Instagram outfit of the day posts, or trying to stay ahead of the game by trying out all of the braided hair trends now, opt for one of our most coveted hairstyles: The half up half down braid. Read on to learn how you can get half braided hairstyles in two totally different ways!

Look 1: Half Up Half Down French Braid Style

If you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down for your upcoming string of parties, or casual outings, good news: You don’t have to. The normcore half up braid, one of our latest street-style discoveries is an awesome mix of practicality and cheeky style. For look number one, we’re teaching you how to create this super easy half up half down French braid style.

Half Up Half Down Braid: Two Different Ways to Create the Look

Step 1: Wash and condition your hair.

Start off with clean hair. For a fuller texture wash hair with Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut & Hydration Shampoo followed by Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut & Hydration Conditioner. Then dry hair completely by air-drying your hair or using a blowdryer.

Step 2: Create texture.

Now that your hair is clean, for the purpose of this tutorial and nailing the look you’ll need a super easy technique to make hair look more worn in to give it that second-day hair look. Spray Bed Head by TIGI Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray onto the roots and throughout your hair to give it body and lift. Use your fingers to work it through your hair.

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Create braids as tight as you can to start, then go back to create texture. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 3: Create tight braids on each side.

For a more undone look, skip the perfect parting and opt for an off-center part. After creating your part, part hair on each side behind your ears to create your top section. Clip away the back section of hair then work on the front. Create a French braid on each side, braid hair as tightly as you can and seal the ends with an elastic band. Pro tip: Use a clear rubber band to blend in with your hair color.

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The pancake technique helps you create the thick braids you crave. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 4: Add texture to your braids.

Pancake your braid to create a more ‘lived-in’ texture, then pull your braid apart even more to loosen and enhance the ‘bed head’ look.

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Simple and pretty braided hair half-up look. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 5: Set your style in place.

To complete this half up braided hair look, you’ll need a hairspray that sets your braid in place keeping flyaways at bay and keeps your back section full of bounce at the same time. Apply a spritz of Dove Style + Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray all over hair and done!

A perkier, more casual variation on the regular half-pony, the braided half-updo also has a slight trompe l’oeil effect, where the tail of your ponytail hides any and all seams from view—giving your mane a bit more texture and personality. Some can view this look as the gateway to box braids or other more complex rope styles; we call it our new go-to look for the end of the year, especially since we’re all jonesing for that tropical vacay!

Look 2: Half Up Half Down Accent Braid Style

A perkier, more casual variation on the regular half-pony, the braided half-updo also has a slight trompe l’oeil effect, where the tail of your ponytail hides any and all seams from view—giving your mane a bit more texture and personality. Some can view this look as the gateway to box braids or other more complex rope styles; we call it our new go-to look for the end of the year, especially since we’re all jonesing for that tropical vacay!

1

Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Prep your hair before braiding by washing with a nourishing system. We like the zesty island scent of Dove Nutritive Solutions Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Dove Nutritive Coconut & Hydration Conditioner, which gently remove prior buildup while protecting against dryness. Rinse thoroughly, towel-dry and follow up with a texturizing agent, such as Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, combed evenly through the root to the tip before blowdrying.

 

 

2

Create your half-pony.

Detangle and comb hair until smooth, and gather the top section into a high ponytail on the crown of your head. Secure with a neutral-colored hair tie.

3

Apply salt spray.

For an extra dose of texture, apply a sea salt spray, such as TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray, throughout your mid-lengths to urge in more of that tousled, beachy texture.

4

Create your accent braids.

Flip your half-pony towards your forehead and out of the way for now. Next, create two to three accent braids across the back of your head (one on each side, or on the left, center and right of your head), just below your ponytail. Plait till the mid-lengths or way down till the ends; the shorter or more incomplete the braid is, the more “boho” it looks.

 

5

Knot them together.

Tie the braids together via a literal Celtic knot, criss-cross them over each other or even braid them together to form one giant plait. Note: Just do one to two chains, and keep it flat on the head.

6

Secure with pins.

Secure the style to your head with pins on each side, as well as underneath the knot.

 

7

Flip pony back and finish with a hairspray.

Flip your half-ponytail back down against your crown, aligning the ponytail so it hides the knot of your twisted braids. Lock in your style with a hairspray that leaves a nice, natural finish but with all-day hold and frizz protection (key for the outdoors!).

8

Done!

Smooth down any flyaways on the base of your half up half down braid style, and you’re all set!

 

 

Want more braided hair tutorials like these half up braid styles? Check out how to create milkmaid braids that are sure to stun! 

All Things Hair
All Things Hair
13 April 2017

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