The half up half down bun hairstyle is a hair trend we have yet to give up on. And why would we? The look is chic and easy, and there are plenty of ways to spruce it up so it doesn’t look like everyone else’s. If you’ve found yourself all out of ways to style this trendy updo, we’ve got your back. Call on this easy and laidback style for just about any occasion. It’s office-appropriate, date night-friendly, and the perfect workout style as it keeps your hair out of your face.
24 Half Up Half Down Bun Hairstyles
Below, we’ve rounded up a couple of our favorite ways to style the look so you can stand out from the crowd:
1. Top Knot Afro
Have fun with afro styles. Brush out your ‘fro for a fluffy and voluminous effect, then gather your mid-section into a bun and secure with hairpins. We love the way the volume in this style looks when secured in a style like this.
2. Beach Wave Half Up Half Down Bun
There’s nothing better than a beach wave hairstyle with a texture that reminds you of the ocean breeze. Create this effortless look with the help of Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray if you’re recreating this look at home. Simply use a curling iron to add an irregular wave pattern. Achieve that ‘I woke up like this’ texture by alternating the direction of the curls and by misting your strands with the Suave texture spray when you’re done styling!
3. Half Up Half Down Bun With a Bow
Got a fancy event on your agenda? Turn the trendy half up style into a polished and more refined look. Learn how you can create a bow bun with our simple tutorial. This look is simple and refined while still maintaining a little bit of personality. This look translates from work to night out so smoothly!
4. Braid Half Up Bun
We all know there are so many ways to create a braided hairstyle. Add this half up style to your list! Use the top half of your hair to create a 3-strand braid and then wrap the braid around the base of the style. Use a few hairpins to secure the bun and you are ready to go!
5. Cornrow Half Up Bun
If you want a funkier look, jazz up your half up top knot style with cornrows. Create three mini French braids at the center of your hair, then wind the ends of your hair into a bun. This combination-style adds a ton of personality to any look.
6. Wash and Go Half Up Bun Style
You know those days when you just don’t know what to do with an old wash-and-go? Try your hand at this half up bun. The more lived-in your curly texture, the better it looks. We love a look that requires minimal effort for days when we hit snooze one too many times!
7. Floral Buns
Stand out from the crowd with this girly floral bun style. It’s so easy to do! Try our floral bun tutorial to get the look. This style looks especially great when paired with a pop of color highlights.
8. Gray Hair Bun
Mix two trends at once! Gray hair is one of those hair color trends that’s taking longer to die down than we thought. Keep the look fresh by constantly changing the way you style the look. This half up bun is a great place to start.
9. High Box Braid Knot
Pull your braids out of your face with this super high box braid top knot style. The placement of this bun draws the eye up for a truly elongated look. Use a hair tie to secure the bun and continue your day with your hair out of your face and out of the way.
10. Lob Bun
What we love about the length of the lob haircut is that you can still pull your hair up into an updo whenever you want. The length is short enough to be chic while still remaining long enough to fit up into a range of styles.
11. Extra Long Hair Half Bun
Sleek and bone straight extra long hairstyles were hot on the red carpet. For a more playful take on the trend, mix it up with a wavy texture and a loose top knot to match.
12. Bob with Half Up Bun
While your bob haircut may not be long enough for a complete bun, that doesn’t mean you can’t do one at all! Gather the top half of your hair into a half bun and you’re golden.
13. Loose Braid Bun
This hairstyle is so easy, you could do it in your sleep. Gather the top half of your hair into a ponytail and create a loose braid. Secure the end of the braid by backcombing and wrap it around into a bun and done!
14. The Street Style Bun
The street style set knows this best: To get captured by the photographers you have to be wearing the latest trends from head to toe with your own unique spin on the look. During NYFW season, head out with your idea of the half up bun. You can start with this bun style above and pair it up with a pair of über stylish frames.
15. Athleisure Bun
Since athleisure attire is such a big thing these days, why not complete the look with a hairstyle to match? Wear this sporty half up bun to the gym or out to hang with the girls.
16. Subtle Accessories
Add braid or hair charms to your braids and on your bun for a simple update. We love a glint of glamour in the form of hair accessories like these.
17. Ombré Bun
Growing tired of your ombré style? Don’t give up just yet. Try new styles to make the color feel fresh while you think of your new look. Add TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and Conditioner to see your ombre silky smooth and vibrant.
18. Purple Bun
This season, have fun with whatever hair color you decided to try. Play with different hairstyle trends like this donut bun-inspired half bun hairstyle.
19. Half Up Space Bun
Space buns are back and it’s all about wearing looks that don’t seem childish. We love the mature look and feel of this undone space bun half up style from the runway.
20. Romantic Bun
Steal a look from the runways and bring it to real life. This romantic half up bun is perfect for date night or fancy occasions.
21. Twisted Box Braids
Box braids are one of our favorite protective hairstyles. There are so many styles you can create with the look. Try this coiled half bun style on your box braids for a stylish update.
22. Double French Braid Bun Half Up Style
Don’t want a bun everyone else has? Try something different. We love this double French braid bun half up style.
23. Undone Bun
Women with extremely sleek and silky hair often have difficulty creating styles with a messy texture. The trick to creating this look is dry shampoo (to soak up any oil) and a comb. Use Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo and a comb to tease your hair by backcombing.
24. Disheveled Style
Looking for a simple style for busy mornings? You can create this disheveled half up bun on the fly.
Are you thinking about trying out one of these styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!