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50 Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles for Every Hair Type, Season and Occasion

Nkeiruka Obiwulu

The best thing about half-up half-down hairstyles is that they give you the best of both worlds. The style is practical, absolutely lovely, and suitable for daily errands and your nighttime events too.

These 50 best styles for all hair types will, hands down, help with finding inspiration for your perfect half updo!

1. Fancy Wedding Half Updo. If you have minimal styling skills, it may really get hard to recreate this half up on your own, so book an appointment with your hairstylist.

The best thing about half-up half-down hairstyles is that they give you the best of both worlds. The style is practical, absolutely lovely, and suitable for daily errands and your nighttime events too.

These 50 best styles for all hair types will, hands down, help with finding inspiration for your perfect half updo!

1. Fancy Wedding Half Updo. If you have minimal styling skills, it may really get hard to recreate this half up on your own, so book an appointment with your hairstylist.

2. Half-Up Half-Down Curly Hair. Whether you’re looking for a style to go with your prom or bridesmaid’s dress, a twisted wispy half updo will perfectly complement your look.

3. Charming Blonde Braided Half-Updo. If you have beautiful long thick locks, a half-up half-down hairstyle with curls will make you look even more adorable and romantic! Finish your ‘do by adding a few floral bobby pins.

4. Twisted Half-Up Hairstyle. Half-up half-down hairstyles suit women who don’t have thick hair as well. If you find a skilled hair colorist who can balayage your locks for additional volume, you win a jackpot! Arrange your locks into a half-up hairdo with waves and twists, and you won’t have to worry about your fine hair at all.

5. Half-Up Curly Hairstyle. Cute half-up half-down hairstyles don’t always have to be complicated. Just keep it simple by styling a twisted halo and curling the bottom of your hair.

6. Half Updo with a Braided Halo. Something easy and delicate to recreate for the ladies with long wavy locks. The halo secures the volume at the top, while the braids are tied together with a soft knot. Rough up the bouffant crown slightly for a chill feel.

7. Half-Up Half-Down Straight Hair. You don’t always need a head full of curls for a classy updo. Pull your straight hair back, twist, and pin it with a statement piece for a professional look.

8. Easy Half Updo with Flowers. A style that just screams “wedding”. Either choose it to complement your romantic looks or, on the contrary, add some femininity if your outfit is on the rougher side.

9. Boho Bridal Half Up Hairstyle. Messy hairstyles have been trending for quite a long time, so why not give this easy half up a go? Textured beachy curls in a loose braid add a boho touch to the overall look.

10. Cute and Simple Bubble Braid Style. This one looks particularly good on our girls with longer hair. The more locks you’ve got, the fancier your knotted bubble braid will look!

11. Sculptured Waves for Wedding. Having not a hair out of place, this glamorous style combines perfectly polished Hollywood waves with some interlacing in the back to land a sophisticated layered look.

12. Multiple Twists and Soft Waves. While many half up half down hairstyles bring their side strands back into twists of some kind, this updo maximizes the rope-like texture and matches it with slightly tousled waves.

13. Half-Up ‘Waterfall Braid”. This one could be the ideal bridal hairstyle. The tiny flowers accentuate the braided halo, and the waves provide a sophisticated, romantic look a bride usually strives for.

Romantic Half-Up Braid for a Bride
By Zack

14. Sleek Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyle. While a lot of girls often go for a messier version of a half-up half-down hairstyle, you can style a polished variant of it. Unlike the boho version, which is cute and lovely, this hairdo looks elegant and chic.

15. Half-Up Half-Down Curly Hair with Ombre. Ombre hair looks absolutely phenomenal when styled in a half-up-half-down ‘do. This particular hairstyle is simple and effortless yet incredibly stunning and adds so much charm to your entire look.

16. Half-Up Half-Down Hair with Jewelry. Another perfect example of getting a wonderful half-updo even on finer hair types. Unleash your imagination: add twists, braids, waves, and complete your hairdo with a pretty little piece of jewelry.

17. Long Messy Half-Updo with a Beachy Vibe. Here’s a cute idea of easy half-up half-down hairstyles that you can create by yourself. Just add loose waves if your hair isn’t naturally curly, make a knot, and get your compliments!

18. Half-Up Half-Down Braids with a Crown. Half-up hairstyles often go with a voluminous or messy bouffant. It visually changes the shape of your head and makes you look taller, while you can still show off your super-long locks.

19. High-Contrast Crown Full of Braids. Although this style catches the eye with its dramatic color scheme and intricate braiding, you shouldn’t miss tiny yet outstanding details like the side fishtail braids turned seamlessly into another type of plaiting.

20. Face-Framing Braided Half-Updo. If you don’t want to leave much hair for the bottom half of your hairstyle, you can get a half-up half-down ponytail. Thus, you will accentuate the upper braided half and cute face-framing pieces.

21. Brigitte Bardot Bouffant Hair. This is a nice example of easy half up half down hairstyles that require no special skills beyond your eagerness: backcomb the crown, gather the top section of the hair into a tiny pony, fix the bouffant with pins, and curl the bottom into large locks. Done!

22. Chic Half-Up Half-Down Ponytail. Can you imagine something more befitting summer parties than this seriously high pony with loose waves cascading down the back? The lavish face-framing pieces are part of the charm, so don’t forget to steal them too.

23. French Braid Half-Up Half-Down Style. A super sweet and delicate idea, crowned with a loose side French braid. What’s not to love about it?

24. Amazing Mermaid Waves in Creamy Blonde. If you need half up half down hairstyles for a special occasion, stop right here! These mesmerizing waves with a lift on the crown and a couple of twisted side pieces are really ethereal.

25. Bumped-Up Style with Half-Up Ponytail. Can’t choose between loose waves and a bouncy pony? Get them both in an effortless-looking half-up with the front pieces combed back and lifted to create more volume at the crown.

26. Half-Up Braids and Curls. This elegant and fierce style with Khaleesi vibes may work for your next formal event. Besides, it makes it super easy to put your lower hair in a bun in case it gets too hot.

27. Half-Up Half-Down Curly Hair with Lush Curtain Bangs. Well, this style is doable on straight and wavy hair but you definitely need to ask for long and graduated face-framing pieces to completely mimic the dreamy look.

28. Wedding Half Updo for Long Hair. Loose, lacy waves gather like clouds in a barely visible half updo. You may need your stylist’s help with it.

29. Cascading Waves and Loose Twists. There is always a way to adapt popular half up hairstyles to your desired look: for example, softer twists and smoother waves make this style feel romantic rather than bohemian.

30. Intricately Intertwined Hair with a Soft Feel. Messiness can come in much softer variations delivering plenty of texture while staying on the neater side. Moreover, you don’t need old Hollywood locks to enjoy tons of bounce.

31. Ashy Half Up Half Down Hair with Voluminous Fishtail Braiding. This smokey hair calls for a free-spirited style, and it gets the right vibes with messy plaiting and random waves.

32. Textured Medium Length Hairstyle. The voluminous half-up braid along with the teased pony creates dynamic texture and promises to complete your stylish everyday look.

33. Eye-Popping Half Up Half Down Hair with Braided Flowers. Obviously, these absolutely lovely rose buds create a startling focal point, but the fancy color streaks packed in consistent waves could shine on their own.

34. Beautifully Highlighted Lob with Wrapped Crown. We vote for simplicity in medium-length half up half down hairstyles, and these strands effortlessly wrapped at the back totally cut it.

35. Romantic Flower-Adorned Waterfall Braiding. Cheer up, brides and bridesmaids! We have a new take on waterfall braids — carefree, wavy, textured, and ultimately suitable for rustic or beach weddings.

36. Curly Hair with a Loose Braid. All half up hairstyles become at least two times fancier with a braid woven into it. It just adds a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the mix. The loose braid softens the waterfall of thick curls and makes it even more eye-catching.

37. Silky Spirals for Prom Hair. Sometimes less is more, and this lavish mane spiced up with a creamy balayage needs only a bunch of ringlets curled in different directions and a couple of intertwined strands to beautifully frame the crown.

38. Dark Chocolate Beach Waves with a Twist. Here is a great tip on creating relaxed half updo hairstyles without going messy — leave the ends of your locks out when curling to arrive at a coveted beachy feel.

Relaxed Beachy Half Updo for Long Hair
By Kira

39. Half Updo for Curly Hair. An irresistible idea to take to your hairdresser when the next formal event comes up. The braided halo is a smart move to help you show off the gradient of your colored half up half down curly hair.

Half Up Half Down Curly Hairstyle with a Halo
By Luci

40. Playful Crimped Wraps for Ginger Red Hair. If you are pining for dimensional crimp half updo hairstyles of the mid-1980s, it makes sense to incorporate some of their aesthetics into a modern do.

41. Flawlessly Polished Bouffant with Waves. Do you know that glossy looks are making a grand return this year? Nothing fits the trend better than this volume-oozing style with not a hair out of place.

42. Seriously Curly Bridal Half Up Hair. With that much shine, movement, and volume, this bouncy style requires no bells and whistles except for the soft wrap accentuating the crown.

43. Massive Dutch Braid and Undone Waves. This bohemian style blends finely wrought braiding with tousled waves and creatively complements the look with meticulously defined hair strands at the top.

Wedding Bohemian Braided Half Updo
By Vera

44. Elegant Half-Up Half-Down Updo. Feel like a true Disney princess with a puffy crown complemented with chunky elegant waves flowing down the back.

45. Bridal Braided Half Up Hairstyle. Add a subtle compliment to your glossy waves. Create some extra volume at the top by teasing the crown hair and accessorize with a cute side braid. Something you’d probably want to take to a stylist rather than sweat at home trying.

46. Graduated Twists and Hybrid Plaiting. This copper hair serves as an appreciative canvas for a stunning mix of bents created with dimensional twists, loosely plaited fishtail braids, and a tight infinity braid inserted in between.

47. Golden Blonde Half Up with Loops and Ropes in the Back. There are many ways of shaping twisted strands on the crown, and this one offers to tie them into a messy knot.

48. Easy Take on Brigitte Bardot’s Bouffant. This bedhead style adds airy waves to Brigitte Bardot’s iconic bouffant to deliver a slightly rebellious yet beautifully textured and voluminous look.

49. Curly Half Up Ponytail Prom Hair. Shine at your final important school event. Make the best of your hair texture and create an airy half updo with a big, puffy bouffant and loose gracious waves throughout.

50. Half-Up Braided Style for Thin Hair. One of the more popular half updo styling ideas. Intertwining loose curls and accentuating the volume with thin braids at the crown, surely creates a royal look for an event.

As you may have noticed, there are endless half-up half-down hairstyles if your mane is at least shoulder length. Regardless of your experience in styling, there is definitely a cute hairdo to suit your needs among these 50 awesome choices!

  • Tanya