Easy Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles to Try Yourself

July 21, 2022
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By: Amanda Murray | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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You’ve probably heard of occasion dressing, but what about occasion hair? When it comes to styling your hair for a big event (think: prom, weddings, graduation, etc), there is one easy style that always reigns true: the half-up, half-down hairstyle. Why is this hairstyle universally accepted, you ask? For a few reasons: First, it always looks like you’ve put in an effort. Second, it’s actually super easy to do yourself and requires minimal effort and products. 

So whether you need a style for an upcoming event or are just looking for your next go-to vacation hair look, try one of the below easy half-up, half-down hairstyle ideas.

Textured Twist 

This simple half-up, half-down hairstyle might look intimidating, but it’s actually so easy to do on your own. Start by giving your hair some texture with a spray of the Redken Quick Tease 15 Anti Frizz Finishing Hairspray. Then, pull the front two pieces of hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head. From there, the secret is to twist and tuck extra pieces into the ponytail until you’ve created the perfect messy but cool updo.

Boho Braids 

If you have shorter hair or want a more secure style, a braided half-up, half-down hairstyle might be the best look for you. The braids will hold back any loose layers that otherwise might escape, so your hairstyle will last longer — the perfect option for a big event where you want every hair to stay in place.

Don’t Sleep on the Center Part  

Did you think the center part was just for when you wore your hair down? Think again. Style your next half-up, half-down hairstyle with a super straight center part. Use a touch of Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti Frizz Serum to tame any unwanted frizz around your part and hairline, then use a boar bristle brush to sweep and smooth hair back, creating a sleek half-up, half-down style.

Simple Knot

There is a reason a half-up, half-down hairstyle is the bridal hairstyle of choice. It gives you the laid-back effect of wearing your hair down, while the small messy bun keeps your hair out of your face and provides your veil something to hold onto. 

Just Put a Bow on It 

The simplest way to elevate your hairstyle is with a chic accessory. Thankfully, hair accessories are trending at the moment and anything from pearl clips to headbands to bows are deemed stylish. A big white bow like this could be a fun way to dress up a bridal look, but it also works for an everyday look, too. 

Half-Up Ponytail 

While the “down” portion of half up, half down hairstyles often plays a pivotal role, here, the ponytail really takes center stage. The key is a hydrating serum that will tame any frizz, so your ponytail remains as sleek as possible. Try applying the  L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In to hair prior to brushing it back for a shiny, slick style.
Photo: @ashandcobridalhair, Design: Juliana Campisi

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