3 Half-Up Hairstyles That Flaunt Your Length AND Your Pretty Face

These half-updos are easy, chic, and the perfect compromise when you're not sure whether to wear your hair up or down.
Publish date:
August 10, 2015
How-To, long hair, half-up, tutorial

I’m normally a hair-down kind of person, but because of this intense summer weather, I’ve had to wear my long hair in ponytails and buns day after day after day, and it’s getting TIRING. I know it’s strange to say, but on rare days when it’s actually somewhat cool, I relish in the warm feeling of having my long hair cover my shoulders.

Since it’s still too hot and impractical to wear my hair down all the time, I’m trying to get the best of both worlds, getting my hair off my sweaty face while still showing off my length with some fun and easy half-updos.

The Messy Half-Up Top Knot

This hairstyle looks best on hair that’s messy and full, so if you skipped washing your hair yesterday, good for you. If oily roots are a concern, however, just prep with some dry shampoo.

To start, divide your hair into two sections: a top section, which you will be putting up, and a bottom section, which you’ll be wearing down.

Create a ponytail at your crown and tie it with an elastic. If you want volume, tease your hair beforehand with a comb and some hairspray.

For the topknot, create a loop with the ponytail, and pull it toward your scalp so it touches your head.

Wind the remaining ends of the ponytail around the knot, and then hold everything in place with some bobby pins. (You can also create the mini bun the way you usually do.)

Feel free to tug at the bun to make it more messy-looking.

The Double Braid

For a more romantic half-updo option, this double braid fits the bill. All you really need to know is how to do a standard braid.

Divide your hair into two sections—one on each side of your part. Make sure the sections don’t go past the back your ears.

Make a standard, three-section braid on each side, pulling the braid away from your face as you go. Secure the ends with a bobby pin.

When you’re done creating two braids, arrange them across the back of your head—one above the other, with the ends hanging loose. Place pins about an inch away from each ear to secure both braids on top of each other.

Remove the pins on the ends of the braids and tuck both ends behind the braid crown you created. Keep the ends secure with some more pins.

The Ariana

I’ll have to thank Ms. Ariana Grande for bringing back the half-up ponytail. It’s such an easy style to do, and it gives me an instant facelift.

Work some styling cream through your strands for a slick look, and then create a tight, half-up ponytail. If it’s too far back, make sure to tug on it from different sides so it moves forward.

Take a thin piece of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the pony to hide the elastic.

Secure the piece of hair around the ponytail with a bobby pin.

Split your ponytail into two sections, and have a different section on each side of your face.

  • Are you a hair up, down or half-up kind of person?
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