Great for surf, turf and anywhere in between (even if it’s just looking super-cute on the daily).
Part of the reason braids are so popular is that they can give hair the structure needed for more elaborate looks. This is acutely true for the natural hair community, where hairstyles such as box braids can offer normally curly or afro-textured hair some heft and length. It also provides a stunning starting point for longer-haired looks such as the half up half down bun.
Don’t get us wrong: The half up half down bun is a hairstyle that can very much work across the board—it is basically just, you guessed it, a half-ponytail with a top knot—but really long, straight to wavy hair usually showcases the nuances of this look the best: namely, strand and scalp quality, and a remarkable sheen. It’s an updo that can highlight a not-so-healthy scalp or put dry, frizzy hair on the spotlight, so if you’ve got all these things on lock, you’re well on your way to rocking this queenly ’do! Read on to discover how to make a fun half up, half down bun on box braids.
Tutorial: The Half Up Half Down Bun (Box Braids Version)
Start with your hair down.
Twist the top-front section.
Coil your twist around.
Secure your bun.
Refine your edges.
Smooth 'em down.
Would you try a half up half down bun this summer?