Some of our favorite variations on the classic half-up half-down style.
What you’ll need
As far as trendy looks go, half up half down hairstyles are taking the cake lately, particularly as we move into the blustery days of autumn. Not only are half-updos a completely wearable—and on-trend—throwback to ’90s hairstyles, they’re also a hit for practical reasons: This hairstyle is never too overdone and always has your back, whether for work or the weekend. We also love that you can wear the half-up, half-down look in so many cool combinations. To inspire you to try out this look, we’re sharing three hair tutorials that you can easily master and a few of our favorite inspirational styles featuring this classic look. Read on to discover how to create one of the easiest hairstyles out there.
Look 1: Half Up Half Down Hairstyles: A Triple Dutch Braid Tutorial
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Section off the front.
Set aside the side sections.
Repeat on both sides.
Gather into one pony.
Secure into a bun.
Look 2: 1970s Half Up, Half Down Curls for the Holidays
Refresh your hair.
Brush or fingercomb your hair.
Apply serum to the ends of your hair.
Curl your hair.
Separate your hair from your bangs.
Tease at the roots.
Structure your bouffant.
Pin your hairstyle in place.
Accessorize your look.
Create a center part.
Optional: add some glitter to your face to fully rock this party look!
Look 3: The Sexy Twisted Half Updo at Alice + Olivia F/W 2017
Step 1: Start in the shower.
Wash and clean hair with a smoothening system that imparts a pretty, healthy-looking shine and bounce, such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Conditioner. Rinse well and towel-dry.
Step 2: Prep locks.
After washing and drying, prime hair with a pre-styler, like TRESemmé Expert Selection Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray to help prevent breakage and split-ends. Blow-dry till hair is at least 90% dry.
Step 3: Create your waves.
Use a flat iron to create soft, deconstructed waves—don’t forget to urge in a bit of texture at the fringe area too. A curling iron can be used for bigger, more structured bends at the back of your head.
Step 4*: Hack your way around all this with a dry shampoo.
If you’re on the go or want a quick day-to-night hairstyle, the twisted half updo can also be achieved on day-old hair with the help of some dry shampoo. Apply TRESemmé Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo while lifting the hair slightly to refresh the scalp and help urge in some freshly washed traction and volume.
Step 5: Create your twists.
Part hair in the middle, and then grab a strip of hair from each side, a few inches from your forehead (leave the tendrils free around the fringe area). Twist your strips around your finger and bring each to the back of your head. Fasten them together with bobby pins.
Step 6: Finish with hairspray.
A firm-control hairspray that also has a non-sticky finish is key to locking down this look without looking overdone. Spritz a bit of TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray on a toothbrush or spooley, and gently smooth down any errant frizz or flyaways away from the face. Spray allover your head around 12” away for good measure, and your twisted half updo is done!
Hair Inspo: Half-Up Styles We Love
1. Simple Twist
Creating a center part, gathering your hair back and securing it with a clear hair tie, and flipping the ponytail in through itself creates an elegant twisted style. Understated and chic on its own or the perfect base for summery floral hair accessories.
2. Half Top-Knot
It doesn’t get any easier than this half up half down top knot. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head and twist from the roots to the ends. Wrap the coil around itself and secure with a hair tie. Loosen the bun with your fingers and pin any loose strands in place. If you are currently rocking a layered style, you might find that some pieces poke out of the knot.
3. Braided Half-Up
A braid within a braid? Sign us up. Grab a two inch section from the back of your part and braid it in a three-strand braid all the way to the ends. Using this braid as one of the three strands for the next one, take two thick pieces from either side and loosely braid all the way down. Secure the end with a clear hair tie.
4. Twisted Sides
The key to getting this look licorice-like tight on both sides? Wrapping the twisted strands in the opposite direction. Taking two thick strands from above your ears, twist them both around your fingers down towards your shoulders. When you’re ready to wrap them around each other start up towards you ears. This will lock the twists into place for all-day wear. Repeat on the other side of your head and secure them together in the back.
5. Pulled Fishtail
Starting at the front of your hair, create an inverted french fishtail braid. What does that mean exactly? Cross the strands under each other instead of over and add hair as you work your way down. Pull each strand tightly and every few inches while holding the bottom securely, use your fingers to lightly pull at your previous work. This will create the ever-popular boho vibe, making it look like you spent hours on our hair.
6. Messy Twist
If a contained twisted half-up style isn’t your thing, check out this messier version that allows your parted hair to have some carefully places wisps out along the sides of your face.
7. Half-Up Space Buns
A fun style for the modern gal, we love this take on the space bun trend that features two signature buns as the rest of your hair stays down.
8. Wide Top Knot
Up your top knot game by including more hair into your bun. We love this look, when paired with a pop of color, really gives your hair some seriously dimension and texture.
Enhance your half updo with a fun accessory! We love the look of bows to complement your style and outfit!
10. Retro Half Up Half Down
Take notes from the past in the 60s-inspired half up hairstyles for long hair. We love how polished and elegant this style is that makes it perfect for weddings or special events.
11. Middle Part Half-Up
For another take on a polished look, try out this middle parted style where you bring your hair to the back for a half-up style. Up this style even further by curling your hair.
12. Flower Updo
This style truly shows how versatile the half-up look is where you can rock two (or more) braids that you wrap around into a bun. The rest of your hair is free, gorgeous and flowing as your buns take center stage. Master how to create this look in our celtic knot hair tutorial.
Mix up your short hair with this fun beehive style. Be sure to have some hairspray on-hand to lock in this gorgeous style.
14. Box Braids Updo
Another take on the top knot, this look is all about twisting your box braids and then showcasing on the side of your head.
15. Middle Top Knot
Yet another take on top knot, this look is all about its unicorn style middle part where you leave some hair out on the sides. Paired with some crimps makes for a very stylish look to try out.
16. Curly Half Up Style
We also adore this look on curls as you can showcase your awesome hair-both in your clip and outside of your half-up style.
17. Face-Framing Pieces
Rock your half-up hairstyle by taking out pieces from the front of your hair.
Looking for more ways to wear half up hairstyles? Check out this half up hair for day to night.