Half up half down hairstyles give women the opportunity to wear a fancy hairstyle without looking formal. As the name suggests, this style allows you to control the flow of some of your locks while leaving the others flowing freely. You can wear this style with any length, and there are also various ways to design it, and this makes it one of the most versatile hairstyles that you can use for both formal and casual looks. The following collection of 60 half updos will inspire you to wear this classy headdress.
# 1 Half Braided Crown
Although you can have this style with any hair type and length, it looks best with some long textured locks. And just like any half updo it may look very complicated but it is very easy to replicate. All you need to do is to braid a few strands to create half a crown and pin it at the back.
This headdress is one of the easiest that you can wear, and it will take you only a couple of minutes if not less. However, you should have some long curly locks if you want to have this style and all that you should do is to give them a slight twist at the crown and pin this design in place.
# 3 Chunky Pull-Through Braid
The size of this braid is fantastic, and it is what makes this a refined headdress that every lady will want to wear. A pull-through braid is easy to create, but you will need some skills if you want to have a big one like this one that also looks very stylish. Apart from this, you should also have some beautiful color with some highlights if you want your style to look classy.
# 4 Loosely Tucked Curls with a Headband
Half updos are also perfect for your on-the-go style as some like this one will take you less than a minute to create. If you have some long natural curls, you can create this style by wearing a tight headband. You should then tuck the locks loosely into the bun to create a stylish appearance.
# 5 Cute Crisscrossing Braids
You can get inspiration for your hairstyle from anywhere, and you only need to enhance it with a little creativity. This hairdo gets inspiration from the famous Khaleesi, a Game of Thrones character. And it involves weaving some crisscrossing braids over a neatly cut hair and joining them in a pigtail design.
# 6 Khaleesi Braids
The two heart shapes that the twists in this style create are stunning. They have become extremely popular thanks to the Game of Thrones series, and they make a perfect hairstyle for both casual and formal looks. They involve weaving two braids on both sides and joining them to form the heart shapes at the back.
# 7 Glamorous Waves
If you own a curling wand, this is one of the best ways that you can use it if you have straight strands. The waves in this hairstyle may not be natural, but they still look very refined especially when the strands are layered. However, the simple twists at the back that create the half updo are also fantastic, and they make the wearer look very charming.
# 8 Flawless Half Chignon
This style is an excellent idea for ladies who prefer to brush back their strands into a chignon but would still want to have a few free flowing locks. All you have to do to create it is to brush back your textured locks and tie a few strands into the chignon while leaving the rest to flow freely. You should then finish the look with some flowers.
# 9 Braided Rose Bun
The straight strands in this design are amazing since they have an incredible length and a perfect color blend. However, the braided rose bun on the crown is what makes this style stand out from the rest. And if you can replicate it by creatively twisting and pinning your hair you can be sure of an extraordinary design.
# 10 Classy Braided Headband
A braided headband is one of those styles that never seem to go out of trend, and if you know how to make one, then you will have a quick fix for your hair. This particular one is on some smooth and long straight strands that have a perfect brown and blonde color melt. It is also impeccable and flawless, and this is what makes it a top notch headdress.
# 11 Wavy and Messy Half Up
The texture of these strands is splendid, and it makes the hair look fabulous. However, the styling is still what makes the design stand out and it involves creating some messy layered strands and then finishing by twisting a couple of them at the center of the head to create the half up design.
# 12 Twisted Half Up with Flowers
Although the hairs on this design are very soft and romantic, it is also an easy headdress to create. However, this is if you have some long locks with subtle waves and a beautiful color. To create the stylish look, you should twist a few locks into a fancy design at the center of the head. You should finish by pinning it in place with some beautiful floral pins.
# 13 Adorable Knots
Long locks make things easy for you and you do not have to do much to create a stylish headdress. Some simple and creative knots in these long locks make all the difference as they are very charming. However, the long locks also have a nice blend of brown and blonde that gives them a perfect tone.
# 14 Chic Side Ponytail
The shine and smoothness of these strands make them look very sleek and if you can replicate it you can be sure of a head-turning design. Apart from this they also have an inventive styling that involves pulling and folding the strands into an elegant ponytail on the side.
# 15 Easy Boho Braided Headband
Braids make things easy for you, and so it is important for every woman to know how to weave hair. This design has two simple braids that create a lovely headband that crisscrosses slightly at the back to make a lady look very trendy.
# 16 Inventive Half Up Ponytail
Although this hairstyle looks very sophisticated, it is very simple and straightforward. It involves dividing the long wavy strands into two parts. You should tie one section into an ordinary ponytail and then twist and pin the other to finish your stylish half up hairdo.
# 17 Half Down for Thick Long Locks
The long curly locks in this design have an incredible volume that makes them look very refined. This excellent volume also makes them easy to work with since you do not have to do much to create a top notch style. In this style, all you need to do is to use a few strands to tie them to create an appealing half down hairdo.
# 18 Twisted Half Updo
This hairstyle is very effortless, and so you should not have any trouble replicating it. To create it you only need to twists your strands to create a fashionable crown by pinning the braid on your head. You should leave the rest of the locks flowing freely in different directions. And although you can have it in any shade a brown hair with blonde highlights is way much better with this style.
# 19 Simple and Loose Side Braid
Brown is a lovely hair color, and it makes these long locks look very classy, but their styling is still what will catch the attention of most people. However it is also very simple, and it involves weaving your strands to create a loose side braid and then finish the look by sweeping it over your shoulder.
# 20 High and Layered Bridal Hair
This style is a little bit complicated, but you can still replicate it once you figure it out. It involves lifting the strands on the crown to give them some height and then using a few locks to tie them at the back. You should also have a center part at the front and finish the look by layering the rest of your hair.
# 21 Boho Style Flower Crown
A boho style like this one will work well as both a formal and casual look. It involves creating a simple crown braid over some long and slightly layered strands. You should then spice it up with some beautiful flowers to create a delightful and elegant look.
# 22 Glamorous Blowout
Although blowouts are very attractive and decent hairdos, you can still take yours a notch higher with a little creativity. This style is a perfect example of this and to replicate it you should pull back some hair and secure them in a triangle shape with some bobby pins.
# 23 Cute and Easy Hairdo
Any woman with basic braiding skills and a neatly cut hair can achieve this hairstyle effortlessly. To replicate it you should create a fishtail braid with your blunt cut strands and then pin it into a loose crown like design. However, you should also have an excellent hair color with some beautiful highlights as this will enhance the overall appearance.
# 24 Delightful Curly Bridal Hair
This style looks very delightful, and this is because it uses several braids to add some class to the massive curly locks. The braids wrap to create a crown design and they also have a beautiful flower that adds to their beauty. Apart from the braids the hair also has a lovely shade of brown that also enhances the overall appearance.
# 25 Messy Fishtail Elegance
The fishtail braid in this design is as elegant as they can get and it helps to create a flawless half up half down style. It is hard to tell that it is a fishtail because it is also very messy and so you have to be very keen to figure it out. Apart from this the design also has some lovely flowers that help to spice up the look.
# 26 Fashionable Bubble Ponytail
These locks have an excellent length, texture and color, and so you cannot afford to go wrong with their styling. For styling, you only need to use a few of them to create a large bubble pony design by creating two knots. You can also have a braid around the ties as this will add some style to the look.
# 27 Romantic Prom Hair
Prom requires you to have a unique and stylish hair if you want to have a memorable night. And this style is perfect for this because it is also a very simple and straightforward hairdo. To replicate it you should sweep back your long ombre strands and tie them to create a half up design at the back. However, the style of the knot that you make is what will determine how attractive the style will be.
# 28 Fancy Bridal Upstyle
As elegant as updos may look you cannot wear a smart one if you do not have beautiful hair. You have to cut your strands well and also give them an excellent dye job like the chocolate brown sombre in this design. For the updo, you only need to create a simple but stylish knot at the back and then accentuate it with a floral clip.
# 29 Trendy Dutch Braids
This style is ideal for a lady who is not afraid to experiment with something fancy. It involves creating three stylish Dutch braids on the crown and then pulling the ends of your twists into a simple ponytail design. You should then leave the rest of the strands to flow to the back and sides. For the color, you should have dark roots that transition to a blonde hue in an ombre pattern.
# 30 Medieval Crown Braids
This style looks very retro, but this is what makes it a beautiful headdress. You can easily replicate it with double crown braids and by leaving some long curly locks flowing freely. However, you should make everything neat because this is one of the key features of medieval hairdos.
# 31 Twisty Blondie Locks
Blonde is an amazing color as it will make any woman look very polished. In this design, it gives the long locks a perfect tone and so if you give it some fancy twists at the back you will create a fantastic headdress. You should then finish the look by accessorizing it with a floral headband.
# 32 Pretty Mermaid Updo
This fresh cut and style will offer you a relaxed summer look that is very easy to make and also low maintenance. It has some beautiful waves and a perfectly highlighted blonde shade, but the half updo is what makes this style stand out. To create it you only need to tie the locks on the crown with a beautiful flower band.
# 33 Neat Knot on Soft Curls
Half up half down hairstyles are very stylish and easy to create, and this one is a good example. It has a neat knot at the top that helps to create the half up on the soft curly locks. However, the blonde shade of the hair with a hint of brown is also fantastic.
# 34 Messy Bun on Beachy Hair
A straightforward and messy bun like this one will transform any headdress into something magnificent that any lady will want to keep for as long as possible. It is very easy to create it as you only need to pull and tuck the strands at the top of the head into a bun. You should also create a medium size braid below the bun and leave it flowing to the back with the rest of the beach waves.
# 35 Loose Knot and a Fishtail
This style is another example of how you can use a messy hairdo to create a very polished look. It has a simple knot at the back that creates the half up look, but the fishtail that flows below it is what makes this style look trendy. The blonde shade with some subtle highlights also adds some flavor to the design.
# 36 Updo for Textured and Voluminous Locks
If you have a long and voluminous hair like this one the options are endless. This hairdo uses volume and length to create stylish headdress that consists of a neatly braided crown and some perfectly textured locks that flow below it. The beautiful flower clip is also fantastic, and it helps to enhance the overall appearance.
# 37 Charming Half-Up Bun
You do not have to make things very complicated to wear a stylish headdress since a simple bun like this one will still help you look fabulous. And to create it you only need to pull the hairs on the crown into a small tight bun and then leave the rest of the strands flowing in different directions.
# 38 Natural Blonde Goldilocks
If you want to wear a unique headdress you have to think outside the box like in this style. Here the strands have a simple twist at the back to create a half up look. However, the beautifully braided locks that flow from the half up hair are what make this style stand out.
# 39 Twisted Half Up for Beach Waves
Although beach waves would still look adorable without any styling, the twists on this design will add some elegance to your look. They are also very simple to create as you only need to start two braids on the side and join them into one at the back. You should then finish it with a simple fishtail.
# 40 Loose Waves with Braids
It is hard to spot the braids on this design because the long locks are not just loose, but they are also very messy. Their color is also excellent, and it comes from introducing some blonde highlights on a natural brown hair. The styling involves weaving the loose waves into a crown braid and a long fishtail that you should finish by sweeping over your shoulder.
# 41 Textured and Layered Half Updo
The texture of these natural locks gives them all they beauty that a woman can ever wish for in her hairstyle. Apart from this the hair also has a lovely chocolate brown shade, but the styling is what makes all the difference and it involves using a few strands to tie the locks into a half updo. You should also create a center part to give the strands at the front a nice flow.
# 42 Flawless Blonde Mohawk
A little creativity will always give you a refined headdress like this one. In this style, the hair has a very creative style that involves pulling and pinning the long blonde locks in the middle of the head to create a Mohawk design. The hair is very long, and so you should leave the rest of it flowing from the Mohawk to the back.
# 43 Super Easy and Stylish Updo
If you are looking for a comfortable and stylish hairdo for your long, voluminous strands then this is a perfect idea for you. It involves pulling and tying them with a band at the center of the head and then finish by accessorizing with a lovely flower clip. However, the ombre color of the hair and its full curls are also vital in making this style look charming.
# 44 Adorable Waterfall Braid
This hairdo will require some skills because a waterfall may be tricky to create. However, this should not be a problem for an experienced stylist as he or she only needs to start two of them from the side and join them at the back with a knot to finish an adorable headdress.
# 45 Gorgeous Pony Knot and Fishtail
It is also possible to combine two different styles to create a classy half up design, and this style is a good example of this. To replicate it you should pull back your textured blonde locks and then divide them into two sections. You should pull the section on the top into a pony and use a few strands from the one below to create a fishtail braid. And to finish the look you only need to push everything to the back.
# 46 Perfectly Tousled and Knotted Half Up
The strands on this style may look disorderly, but this is what makes them beautiful. However, there is still more to the style than this because it also has various knots that help to create a lovely half up style. Apart from these the beach waves also have a perfect texture and highlighted look that makes them look fantastic.
# 47 Adventurous Braided Mohawk
If you want something totally out of the norm, you should try this bold Mohawk design. It involves creating different braid sizes in the middle of the head and pinning the hairs in the crown into a Mohawk design. The style also has a lovely flower at the top that helps to accessorize the look.
# 48 Braided Half Ponytail
Some ladies have a beautiful, healthy hair that makes them look astonishing even without any styling, and these blonde locks are an example of this. However, the chunky braid that ends in a pony knot also helps to create the half up look and also enhances the beauty of the headdress.
# 49 Simple Ponytail Knot on Wavy Strands
This design pays a lot of attention in making the long wavy locks look fabulous with some beautiful color and texture. And so the simple ponytail that creates the half up and the half down design only adds some elegance to an already beautiful hair.
# 50 Four Strand Pull-Through Braid
Long hair makes things easy for you regardless of the style you want to create and in this design it is what makes the four strands pull through braid look fantastic. The hair also has a beautiful strawberry blonde shade and a blunt cut, and they all help to make it a sexy hairdo.
# 51 Half Up Loose Lace Braid
The pattern that the loose laces braid forms by flowing diagonally from one side to the back is fantastic, and it makes the style look classy. However, it also helps to tame the movement of most of the strands hence creating the half up look. Although it may look complicated, it is way much easier than other styles. You can even use any other type of braid that you know how to make, and you will still get a fantastic hairstyle.
# 52 Beautiful Floral Fishtail
It is hard to tell that this style has a very typical fishtail braid because the flowers and the color of the hair make it look very distinct. However, it is also quite messy, and this also adds to its uniqueness. To create it you should pull your strands to the back and then weave them into a cascading fishtail with a flower ribbon wrapping around it. You should also have a simple flower crown and finish the style by pushing your fishtail over the shoulder.
# 53 Two Cute Topknots
This hair is very attractive, and it will make you look marvelous if you can pull it out. It is a simple hairdo that involves pulling your strands to the center of the head and using them to create two simple topknots. You should roll and pin the strands to create the lovely knots. However, the dark brown shade with blonde streaks also helps to enhance the beauty of the design.
# 54 Twisty Boho Updo
Boho hairstyles are very trendy, and if you style them right, you can be sure of an outstanding and distinct headdress. In this style, it has some blonde toned locks with a very inventive styling that gives them the Boho look. It involves twisting the strands to create the updo and then having some simple thin braids flowing to the back.
# 55 Messy and Clipped Twists
You do not have to keep long and voluminous locks to wear a half updo because a medium length or short hair will also work. In this style, Emma Watson has some medium length strands but her styling is very inventive, and this is what makes her look elegant. She has some simple twists at the back, and she uses a beautiful clip to pin them down. At the front, Emma creates a simple side part and then sweeps the locks sideways with a slight mess to finish the refined look.
# 56 Adele’s Chunky and Curly Low Pony
Everything about Adele is just perfect, and this is why she is one of the most lovable people on the planet. However, she also knows how to maintain her image, especially with her hairstyles. In this particular one, she has a simple low pony that involves pulling and tying her strands loosely at the back. Adele also has a soft center part that gives her curly tresses a nice flow that spices her stylish headdress.
# 57 Natural Wavy and Voluminous Upstyle
This style also demonstrates that you do not have to do much to look smart if you have a lovely natural hair. Angelina Jolie has as perfect volume and some natural waves, and so all that she needs is a simple hairband to create a refined look. She ties her strands loosely at the back to ensure that she maintains the waves and the full appearance, and this is enough to give her a polished look.
# 58 Artistic Ponytail
Jessica Chastain knows how to create distinct looks with her hair, and she is always coming up with something new. In most cases she just adds a twist to typical designs like the ponytail on this style to make them look very stylish. Here all that she does is to tie the pony in different places and finish by braiding it at the end and giving it a fishtail.
# 59 Simple Pinned Half Updo
A few pins are all that Kate Middleton needs to create this fashionable look. The style does not have any fancy cuts or styling as she only needs to twist and pin few of her strands at the back. However, she does this very inventively to create a charming look, and she also has a beautiful full natural hair.
# 60 Shaggy Upstyle for Thin Hair
Nicole Kidman may not have a perfect volume, but she knows how to style her hair so as to draw attention away from this fact. In this style, she keeps things simple with some messy side sweep bangs at the front and by tying the strands at the back with a cute ribbon to create the half up style.
Half up half down hairstyles are very versatile and fashionable, and they are not only for formal events since you can also have one for a casual look. The 60 designs above provide various ways of wearing these trendy hairdos, and so you should never lack inspiration on what you can try out.