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

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. Half-Up Braid on Highlighted Hair. A balayage can make a huge difference for your hairdo: it adds texture and creates extra volume. There’s no need to get an elaborate hairstyle with this hair color technique – the balayage already makes it interesting and refreshing.

12. Gorgeous Loose Hair with Braided Crown. When a girl is lucky to have such a head of hair and it is beautifully emphasized with a stunning balayage, the only thing she needs to add oomph to the look is a voluminous side Dutch braid. Is your hair not long enough? Add extensions, the problem is solved!

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. Handsomely Textured Half-Up Half-Down Braids. Messy twisted braids equal boho vibes, especially when combined with random tresses running down. This creative plaiting will work on one-color manes, but streaks of various shades make it even more vibrant.

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. Half-Up Half-Down Short Hair. A total winner! Goes perfectly with pretty much anything, easy to put together, and has an “effortlessly French” flair to it.

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. Sleek Bouffant with Relaxed Waves. While many gala half up hairstyles look too formal, this version has the right share of sleekness and texture, volume and movement.

Half-Up Bouffant Hairstyle
By Amie

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. Half-Up Half-Down Twisted Hairstyle. If braiding isn’t your cup of tea, you can easily complete a fun hairstyle by twisting two sections on each side and bringing them together in the back for a fast and sweet ‘do. What a creative way to wear your feather earrings!

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. Fancifully Interlaced Crown with Tousled Large Waves. We have picked this do for our collection of cute half up half down hairstyles for its cool glam rock feel created through the jumbo waves and pretty-hair-don’t-care approach.

38. Perfectly Silky Hair with Dutch Braiding. This style pairs a 3D Dutch braid with smooth side strands intertwined in the back, but it is the creamy blonde balayage that makes the whole look shine.

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. Crisp Half Up with Infinity Braid. This type of plaiting is so packed with texture that even a small piece of it makes the difference, emphasizing the loose pattern and volume of waves.

43. Delicate Ombre Waves with a Twist. Here is a nice idea on how to show off your brand-new ombre from a different angle — by adding movement through twisting and curling.

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. Knotted Half Up Half Down Hair. A simple yet gorgeous half updo to complement layered waves. Take this example for inspiration and get your own masterpiece. Pure hair art!

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. Half Up Braided Crown. Among many half up half down braided hairstyles, this sits at the top of the list. If you or your friends aren’t professionals at braids, show this to someone who knows their stuff to get the royal Khaleesi worthy Dutch braided half updo.

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!

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