Half up dos are a great way to keep hair fancy without being formal. Ideal for either everyday wear or more posh occasions, half up half down hairstyles are great for all hair types and lengths, making them a popular spring time style choice.
The Most Beautiful Half Updos Across the Web
Check out the ideas in pictures below to get inspired.
#1: Anti-Basic Half Down
If you tend to prefer a more traditional half down style, but want to crank up the drama just a smidge, give this alternative a whirl. From the front, this style is just your average, polished coif. But from the back? The textured bun packs a slight punch. To copy this look, create a small ponytail with the top layer of your hair, twist the end, wrap loosely and secure the twisted tail in place.
#2: Half Up with Loose Lace Braid
Forget French and boxer braids: a loose lace braid can be the highlight of your half up half down hairstyle. Not only is this choice totally ladylike, but your locks will inherit a soft wave once you’ve undone that pretty plait. While this option is great with all hair colors, it’s especially striking when enhanced with some highlights.
#3: Twisted Half Up
Ever since the Beatles’ 1963 hit song “Twist and Shout,” we’ve all been obsessed with all things coiled. This half up half down style is no exception. If you’re no plait professional, consider this choice a great (read: easy) way to add some pizzazz to an otherwise basic silhouette.
#4: Half Down with Crown Braid
Simple vertical braids are so yesterday. For a style that is complicated, girly and polished at the same time, try wrapping a flat lacy braid around your head. It’s a creative way to keep those stray strands far away from your face, plus it’s appropriate for both casual and formal occasions.
#5: Spiraled Updo
As great as the half updo is for everyday wear, it’s not always the most appropriate for formal events. But, as a mix of a spiral twist and a French braid along the top, this one could look smashing when paired with a luxe evening gown. And if some of your roots are starting to show more, this style makes your hair’s different tones look totally hypnotic instead of harsh.
#6: (Not-So) Lazy Half Up
Sometimes, your best style moments happen when you look like you put in minimal effort. But in reality? You care. A lot. Consider this do a mix between a half up style and a messy bun. Sure, both options can potentially read lazy on their own, but together? They create a look that’s equally suitable for lounging around the house or grabbing drinks with your girlfriends. For a finishing touch, adding some texturizing spray will offer a chic case of bed head.
#7: Knotty Half Updo for Long Hair
In most beauty spheres, knotty hair is a total faux pas. But here, the exaggerated kinks are more sophisticated than sloppy. This option comprises a lazy ponytail with loose knots along the ends. The idea is suitable for a wide range of lengths; however, it’s particularly edgy on longer locks.
#8: Street Style-Approved Half Updo
As any hair guru knows, a top knot is one of the edgiest, low maintenance hairstyles at the moment. Combine this favorite with your silky half up half down hair, and you’ll get a mane that has “cool girl” written all over it. This one also boasts a quick inside-out braid, so it will look awesome with a simple T-shirt and jeans.
#9: Plait Perfect Half Up
Have a penchant for braids? This option is perfect for you. Unless you’re a total master at all weaves and plaits, the transition from the twist to the tightly woven fishtail may not be easy, but we can bet that it’ll merit loads of Instagram likes. If you’re looking to copy this look, straighten your hair first to keep this busy ‘do polished.
#10: Sleek and Sophisticated Updo
Big hair can be great; however, sometimes you end up looking more Dolly Parton and less a cool, fashion-forward girl. Fortunately, embracing curls and a slimmer silhouette is not always mutually exclusive. This do is half modern, half girly, but 100 percent wearable.
#11: Half Up for Curly Girls
Sporting a head full of bouncy curls takes a lot of guts. If you don’t want an extremely voluminous style, do not tousle your curled locks, but leave them in spirals, flowing down your back. Balance the volume down with a bouffant. If you are blessed with naturally curly hair, simply add some hairspray and tie your hair half up half down.
#12: Royal-Approved Half Up
Didn’t you always wish for princess-worthy hair as a little girl? Luckily, here’s your opportunity. The ladylike silhouette is perfect for those with long locks, not to mention that smooth curls can bring out the natural highlights in your hair.
#13: Medium Hair in Half Updo
Brace yourself, curly cues: this springy style gives Shirley Temple’s ringlets some stiff competition. While such playful coils may veer too youthful for some, a set of tight curls can add a cute touch to a blouse and flirty skirt combination. As an added bonus, this style is great for ladies with shoulder-length hair.
#14: Braided Half Updo for Straight Hair
Cursed with pin-straight hair that never seems to hold a curl? Fear not, there are still zesty, half up half down hairstyles to test out. This one, for example, offers a cute and thoughtful twist to your favorite fuss-free style. Simply create a half hair crown by weaving two French braids on each side of your head and bring them together with a neutral elastic.
#15: Half Down for Long Thick Hair
Looking to make a splash at a high-profiled event like a wedding or black-tie gala? This evening-ready option is 100 percent formal and will definitely receive attention. In addition to the glitzy headband, the bounty of loose curls will add more pizazz to your fancy ensemble. But beware, dear reader: this option is strictly event-specific and will not fly at a relaxed barbeque or trip to the super market.
#16: One Updo That Defies Gravity
If flat, super straight hair just isn’t your thing, elevating the beauty of your half up is easy by giving your locks some root volume. For the night time appeal and the maximum glamorous impact, add a frosted headband.
#17: Unconventionally Curly Half Down
Attention beauty buffs: pretty half updos are no longer created within the confines of a simple half up ponytail. To add some range to your collection of ladylike coiffures, try pinning back two side strands of your hair for an option that is equally polished. Take this look to the next level by adding some large ringlets into the mix.
#18: Pretty Mermaid-Esque Updo
Calling all The Little Mermaid super-fans: overshadowing Ariel-esque hair is possible. This charming choice offers a relaxed, summer vibe; however, it also works as a sophisticated finishing touch to a little black dress or an office-ready ensemble.
#19: Easy Boho Half Up
If you’re looking for a fancy upgrade to this classic ‘do that doesn’t veer into the “prom hair” territory, try joining two small waterfall braids at the back of your head. Add a dainty element to this easy style with loose bouncy curls for the ends of your long locks.
#20: Laidback Updo for Short Hair
Your chic (and hard-to-style) bob excuses you for trying out some of these styles, right? Think again. This half updo is an easy, low maintenance option, not to mention it’s perfect for all hair textures. Re-create these beach waves by spritzing some salt spray or texturizing mix on your hair when damp.
#21: Half Up Rosette Hairstyle
Make some great curls as a base with a large-barrel curling iron. Brush your hair straight back and secure about a half of it into a small loose swirl. Then, with some bobby pins within reach, twist another section around your finger and secure it with a pin so it resembles a rose. And, finally add one more swirl.
#22: Twisted Halo Half Updo
For a more formal occasion, this hair style works well – but you can also wear it every day. Best on long hair, but doable for any length, this half up ‘do is fairly simple, yet classy and feminine. Prepare the base, treating your locks with a good quality shine serum and styling loose waves with a large-barrel curling iron. Backcomb the crown section for a light bouffant. Take side sections, twist them and tie together.
#23: Tuck and Cover
A half covered headband is a creative way to wear your favorite colorful scarf that you can easily rhyme with a rich juicy lip color for a statement spring/summer look. Prepare the base of your ‘do, styling loose curls. Adjust the scarf with your bangs and side locks under it. The principle is to wrap the back of your headband with your side locks, incorporating some strands from the back if needed.
#24: Flower Braid Half Up Half Down Hairstyle
Pull a half of your hair back into a ponytail at the center of your head. Braid the pony into a simple braid. Pull at the sections of your braid along its right side to shape the petals of your flower. Swirl the braid clockwise and secure it with hair pins. You may not brush your hair before you begin working on your style for this lovely casually natural effect.
#25: Bohemian Festival Knot Half Updo
This hairstyle looks fabulous on ombre hair. Take two modest sections of hair, one on each side above the ears and make thin and tight fishtail braids. Brush the rest of your hair straight back and then bring the fishtail braids together and tie them in a simple knot.
#26: Holiday Half Updo for Any Occasion
For this special look, section off a large piece of hair from eyebrow to eyebrow. Twist and secure with a couple of hair pins around the same spot you would secure a half up ponytail. Take a section of the hair between the pinned locks and your right ear and bring it across, twisting and securing. Do the same for the left side, pinning it beneath the right one.
#27: Criss Cross Twisted Half Up
This wonderful hairstyle is done according to the same principle as the look above, but here you work with curly texture and add twists. Tease your hair on the crown before you begin styling the overlapping twists if you want the bouffant.
#28: Super Easy Half Up Do
Soft and romantic, this hairstyle is mesmerizing! Style some nice polished curls as a base. Tease hair at the root to get some volume, and place an elastic headband on the crown of your head, resting behind the ears. Twist some strands and loop them through the headband and you’re done!
#29: French Braid Crown
For this style, French braid a section of hair on each side, all the way over to the opposite end. Pin the two braids together so they criss-cross in the back, and secure them behind the ears in the center of the head.
#30: Cascading Knotted Half Updo
Section off two large chunks from the side of your hair above the ears, and then tie them into a half knot. Pull tight and secure with hair pins.
#31: Long Accessories
Get creative with a gorgeous accessory that’s as long as your hair. This style is accentuated with a beaded wrapped hair scarf. Keep it in place by draping a loose, romantic French braid on top.
#32: Renaissance Beauty
Romantic and timeless, this style for long hair is one of a few half updos that can truly be pulled off in any era. Perhaps that’s why it remains on the top of the list for many girls who love to sport intricate styles.
#33: Thick Braids and Curls
Looking for truly unique wedding hair? If you’ve been blessed with a thick mane, add some tendrils and a side braid that wraps around the top of your head like a crown. This can, of course, also work wonderfully for prom, homecoming or any other elegant occasion.
#34: Flower Crowns
While pulled back hair is lovely on its own, accessories never hurt! In this case, hair is made girly and innocent with a crown of flowers. Secure it just above the nape of your neck, gathering hair halfway beneath it. Curl if necessary. You can also wear a floral headband with braided hair if you prefer.
#35: Intricate Styles
This is truly a half up half down hair style that will wow the crowd. It works best on medium hair. Reason being, a little texture is necessary to pull off this impressive arrangement of twists, braids and gatherings. This is a style you’ll want to test drive ahead of time – or hire a professional.
#36: Romantic Braid Crown
Hairstyles don’t need to be super complicated, and if your hair is past your shoulders, this will look beautiful on you. Simply secure the upper section of your hair into a thick crown braid along the back of your head, just above the ear line. Add in an embellishment or two as you feel inspired. Curly hair looks great with this one, too!
#37: Multi-Braided Beauty
Get crazy with braids, working hair into a cute, one-of-a-kind style. No one will identically replicate this look, which is all about your personal expression – as well as lots of braids. You’ll be glad you didn’t give in to the temptation of short hair.
#38: Waves and Bling
Wavy hair cascading down the back is such a lovely vision, many women envy it. If you’re able to achieve some easy waves, you can get bridal hair that is made perfect with a jeweled hairpiece, as a refined accent. Half updos are especially beautiful and stunning on your big day.
#39: Basket Weave
This elegant style with an intricate “basket weave” can work for any occasion. Ideal for weddings and other formal affairs, it is also still humble enough to be used as an everyday style.
#40: Braid Variations
Finding hairstyles with braids can be frustrating, as many just look too juvenile. This one, however, is really fun to wear and to observe. Combining thick, thin and medium braids into one memorable style, this ‘do will stay in place and keep you feeling lovely.
#41: Wild Waves
Keep half up half down hair simple with a style that won’t require a tutorial to complete. Curl your hair with an iron or hot rollers, and then gather a few crown locks to pull back. Secure with some hair pins and you are ready to take on the day.
#42: Double Waterfall
Long to medium length hair will look lovely with this double water fall braid. For younger wearers – or those feeling exceptionally mischievous – add in some flowers to cascade down the center braid. This look is versatile enough to be worn by different ages and with different hair textures. It definitely fits the bill.
#43: Short Options
You don’t have to have long, flowy locks to take advantage of the pretty half up hairstyles. In fact, many women step into a hair rut because they believe they need to make way for those fortunate enough to have perfect hair. The truth of the matter is, almost anyone can pull off a half up style, no matter how short your hair is.
#44: Finished with a Bow
Fishtail braids can be tricky to learn at first, but they are so pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Add in a bow to make things fancy with this beautiful girly half updo hairstyle.
#45: Coifed with Flowers
Softly curled hair looks lovely flowing down the back of a young woman, and if you tend to sport a messy look daily, try something more formal the next time you get a chance.
#46: Rope Bun
Getting its name from the thick rope-like appearance it forms, this bun is a fun twist on traditional half up styles. Since hairdos often wear out their freshness with time, this is a very simple, easy alternative when you want a new look.
#47: No Nonsense Nautical
Gather your locks into a half up half down hairstyle when transforming your normally straight hair for a special occasion. Be the prettiest among the rank of bridesmaids or simply doll up your hair with some adorable sea-inspired hair pins to feel beautiful all day long.
#48: Updo with Volume
Keep your locks flowing beautifully with this fancy half updo. Style a bouffant and support it with a lovely braided detail adorned with ribbon-like golden curls. Don’t forget to set the style with a quality product to make it last all night.
#49: Weave of Envy
Invest in a quality weave and add in curls for a more formal look. You will feel feminine and stunning rocking a gorgeous cascade of black curls.
#50: Coiled and Curly
Secure a half of your natural hair into a top bun and leave the remaining section to curl into tight coils. The end result is a truly unique half up half down hairstyle that is ready to be paired with fun accessories.
Half updos are the best of both worlds – feminine updos and lively playful downdos. Braids, twists, knots, headbands and their variations work amazing in half up half down styles. Do not miss a chance to master a new lovely hairstyle to dress your gorgeous locks in a new way!