Tutorial: Master the Half-Updo in 8 Quick Steps!

We'll teach you how to create an essential go-to updo.

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Looking for a new, easy hairstyle to add to your arsenal? The half-updo is a great look to add volume and texture to your style. This look not only looks great for any occasion, but it’s also incredibly easy to create on your own! We’ve got a video tutorial and a step-by-step guide to help you create a chic half-updo style. Once you’ve mastered the look, it’ll be one of your new go-tos, we promise. Keep reading to learn how to create this look and some of our fave products we use to keep the half-updo fresh and voluminous.

How to Create the Perfect Half-Updo


Wash Hair

Make sure you start your style with clean hair! Choose your fave shampoo and conditioner duo to get your hair healthy and happy before styling. One of our current faves is Love Beauty and Planet Indian Lilac & Clove Leaf Shampoo and Conditioner.

half-updo clean hair

Protect Your Strands

Make sure to use heat protectant before you begin creating this half-updo style! Spray some TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray on your strands to prep for the hair curler.

half-updo heat protectant

Create Loose Curls

Use a hair tie to gather the top half of your hair. Next, go in with a hair curler to create some soft, loose curls. This will add some extra texture and volume to your look!

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Continue Curling

Let the rest of your hair down and finish creating your loose curls.

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Shake It Out!

Shake out your curls to give them a looser finish. The goal is to make the curls look loose and natural, so make sure you fingercomb out any harsh and tighter curls.

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Create Your Half-Updo

Gather the top section of your hair and secure it with an elastic. Pull some sections loose for an undone finish.

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Finish with Hairspray

Finish your style with a few mists of Nexxus Styling Comb Thru Finishing Mist.

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You’ve officially completed your half-updo look!

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