20 Stunning Half Up, Half Down Hairstyles
Half up, half down hairstyles are a great option for formal and casual events. They look like you’ve spent hours on them, but actually are super-easy to create. Also, they work for any hair length and face shape.
Half updos are type of hairstyle that always elicit compliments. Soon enough, they will become your latest addiction. Our collection of 26 half updos will surely inspire you to wear your hair this way.
1. Curly & Messy Style
This half updo will amp up any look! To achieve this look first curl your hair in soft curls. They should look effortless and messy, as pictured. Next, slightly tease your crown to get volume. Pick up few sections of the hair and loosely twist them upward. Secure with bobby pins. The style is perfect for a summer wedding.
2. Teased Crown & Soft Curls
Sometimes less is more. A simple and smooth bump matched with wavy hair can make an absolutely stunning hairstyle. All you do is curl your hair with a curling iron and wait until the curls cool down. Brush through them with a natural boar grooming brush. This type of brush will help distribute your natural hair oils down to the rest of your hair. The best way to tease your hair and create a bump is with a tail comb. Smooth the tease with a bigger brush, and secure with a few bobby pins.
3. Curly Half Updo with a Hairpiece
This gorgeous hairpiece reminds us of Great Gatsby style. The best part about this hairstyle? It’s super easy to do. After curling your hair, take a front section of the hair and loosely twist it toward the back. Repeat on the other side so they both meet and secure with a bobby pin (or few of them). Got Great Gatsby fever? Then make sure to put this hairstyle on your ‘to-do’ list for your next special occasion.
4. Fishtail Braid Half Updo
Whether you are headed to a formal occasion or just looking for an another way to style your everyday hair, this lovely fishtail half updo might be your perfect choice. Now, of course, to re-create it, you have to know how to to do a fishtail braid. This braid style is super easy to create, once you have the technique down, you’ll have an amazing hairstyle every day. To make the braids look messier and thicker, gently tug the outside pieces of the braids out. Super easy trick, right?
5. Half Updo for Short Hair
Whether you have short, medium, or long hair, you can rock a half up, half down hairstyle. This half up braided crown is the perfect hairstyle for beating the summer heat without sacrificing your style. So cute and refreshing. Give it a try!
6. French + Fishtail Braid Half Updo
Isn’t this one of the most simplest yet prettiest casual half updos you have ever seen? The braid starts as an inverted side French braid (also known as a Dutch braid), and ends as a fishtail braid. You can complete this hairstyle in just a matter of moments. Love it!
7. Tousled Low Ponytail
Get some breathtaking beach waves into your hair to create an effortlessly gorgeous hairstyle. Separate a few pieces of the hair in the front and twist them around to the back. Pull the twists into a low ponytail. Great look for any summer event.
8. Side Swept Dutch Braid + Curls
If you have long hair and are always looking for something to do with it, our suggestion is this jaw-dropping braided half updo. Braids and curls are our favorite combo. The style feels formal, yet casual since some of the hair is left down.
9. Braided Top Knot Half Updo
This pretty style is a unique take on the top knot half down style. Section the top of your hair and simply hold it in place. Next, add a texturizing spray to give your knot that extra boost. Pull the hair in a half up, half down ponytail and secure with an elastic hairband. Braid it into a fishtail braid and twist the braid into a bun. You can also add curls to your hair for a more romantic look.
10. Messy and Twisted Fishtail Braids
Take your fishtail braids to a whole new level with this fabulous style. This style is remarkably simple – two fishtail braids, one twist, and you’re done! So, to achieve the hairstyle you need to braid two fishtail braids. As always, gently pull out outer sections of the braid to make it fuller and thicker. Twist the braids around each other to create a “braided twist”. This hairstyle is easy to create and perfect for day or night.
11. Fishtail Braid + Poof Half Updo
Here’s another version of a popular poof also known as a bouffant. To achieve the perfect poof, simply follow few easy steps under the picture #2. What makes this hairstyle even more unique and special is the fishtail braid headband. Absolutely gorgeous!
12. Braided Half Up, Half Down Ponytail
Up your half up, half down ponytail game with some French and fishtail braids. To hide hair elastics, grab a section of the hair, wrap it around the elastic and pin it. Et voila, your amazing hairstyle is ready!
13. Waterfall Braid + Curls
If you want an amazing formal hairstyle that will make heads turn, go with a French waterfall braid and some big curls. Our short-haired readers, don’t despair, because this hairstyle works for shorter hair too! Hurrah!
14. Fishtail Braid Crown
Although hairbands are a must-have for this season, who needs one when you can easily braid it, right? Perfect style to keep your hair out of your face while still looking cute. You can wear this hairstyle whenever you want.
15. Curls & Twist Hairstyle
Looking for a half up, half down hairstyle that is simple yet stylish? Give this hairdo a try! Curl your hair with a curling iron. Again, create volume at the crown by teasing your hair. Take a chunk of hair from above the ear and twist it around to the back. Secure with bobby pins and repeat with the other side. The hairstyle can be also done using a headband.
16. Flower Braids Step-by-Step Tutorial
We always thought that flower braids are extremely intricate until we stumbled upon this step-by-step tutorial on Instagram. With help of this easy tutorial, we were able to re-create it with no effort. Try it to see it for yourself!
17. Waterfall Twist Half Updo
The hairstyle works best on a medium length hair. Start by curling your hair using a curling iron, a flat iron, or hair rollers. Spray the hair with a sea salt spray for that perfectly undone look. Finish the look with a waterfall twist. This hairstyle works for any occasion.
18. Messy Rope Braid Half Updo
This effortless look is perfect for summer as an everyday look. Simply separate two front sections of the hair and loosely twist them back. Then twist them around each other, creating one loose big twist. Very simple, right?
19. Double Side Dutch Braid
Add interest and dimension to your hairstyle with these gorgeous Dutch braids. With a minimum effort and time you can have a feminine hairstyle that will make you feel comfortable and glamorous at the same time. Blonde highlights make the braids pop even more.
20. Fishtail Side Swept Half Updo
This is one of those hairstyles that looks like you spent hours pulling it together. You can never go wrong with a braided hairstyle, right? Fishtail braids can make any hairstyle feminine and good-looking.