Some of our favorite variations on the classic half-up half-down style.
As far as trendy looks go, half up half down hairstyles are taking the cake lately. 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 different 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.
Half Up Half Down Hairstyles: Triple Dutch Braid
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.
1970s Half Up, Half Down Curls for the Holidays
Refresh your hair.
Brush or finger-comb 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!
Sexy Twisted Half Updo at Alice + Olivia
Step 1: Start in the shower.
Step 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 all over your head around 12” away for good measure, and your twisted half updo is done!
Ready for some inspiration? Here are 17 half up half down styles we love:
1. Simple Twist
Creating a center part, gather your hair back and secure it with a clear hair tie, flipping the ponytail in through itself to create an elegant twisted style. This style is 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 and wrap the ponytail around itself before securing it with a hair tie. Loosen the bun with your fingers and pin any loose strands in place.
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 more hair as you work your way down. Pull each strand tightly and every few inches 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 your hair.
6. Messy Twist
Check out this messier version of a classic twisted style that features some carefully placed wisps pulled 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.
8. Wide Top Knot
Up your top knot game by including more hair in your bun. When paired with a pop of color, this look gives your hair some seriously dimension and texture.
Enhance your half updo with a fun accessory!
10. Retro Half Up Half Down
Take notes from classic 60s-inspired half up hairstyles for long hair. We love how polished and elegant this style is – it’s perfect for weddings or special events!
11. Middle Part Half-Up
For another take on a classic polished look, try out this middle parted style where you pull your hair to the back for a slightly looser half-up style.
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 this look into place.
14. Box Braids Updo
Another take on the top knot, this look is all about twisting your box braids up into a bun and then showcasing them 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, this look makes for a very trendy style to try out.
16. Curly Half Up Style
We also adore this look on curly hair as it allows you to showcase your unique curl pattern.
17. Face-Framing Pieces
Rock your half-up hairstyle by taking out pieces from the front of your hair! This loose and laidback style is chic and undone.