A Braided Half-Updo Perfect For Any Occasion

Eunice Lucero | 01 June 2019
half up half down braid: woman showing back view of accent braid style

Boho-chic for your next event? We got you.

If you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down for your upcoming string of events on your agenda, good news: You don’t have to. The braided half-updo, one of our latest street-style discoveries, is an awesome mix of practicality and cheeky style. The look features a high half-pony (an oldie but goodie) interspersed with a pair of hidden accent braids on the sides, for an overall hairstyle that tickles our boho fancy in all the right places.

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 any occasion!



Braided Half-Updo Tutorial



braided half-updo starts on clean hair
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 mousse, such as Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse, combed evenly through the root to the tip before blowdrying.

DOVE NUTRITIVE SOLUTIONS COCONUT & HYDRATION SHAMPOO
DOVE NUTRITIVE SOLUTIONS COCONUT & HYDRATION CONDITIONER
DOVE STYLE+CARE VOLUME AMPLIFIER MOUSSE
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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.

braided half-updo apply sea salt spray
3

Apply some salt spray.

For an extra dose of texture, apply a sea salt spray, such as Love Beauty Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Salt Spritz Texture Spray, throughout your mid-lengths to urge in more of that tousled, beachy texture into your braided half-updo.

 

LOVE BEAUTY PLANET COCONUT MILK & WHITE JASMINE SALT SPRITZ TEXTURE SPRAY
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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.

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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.

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6

Secure with pins.

Secure your braided half-updo to your head with pins on each side, as well as underneath the knot.

 

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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!), like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray.

TRESemmé TRES TWO ULTRA FINE MIST HAIR SPRAY
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8

Done!

Smooth down any flyaways on the base of your braided half-updo, and you’re all set!