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15 Cute half-up hairstyles for every occasion

/ 05.06.2015

When you want to wear your hair in an interesting way but don't want to sacrifice all of the movement to an updo, half-up hairstyles are always there to save the day. There are so many ways to wear them, and they can be done with all textures and most hair lengths.

To inspire your next half-up hairstyle, we've handpicked fifteen gorgeous looks below. Which one will you try first?

1. Half-up braid

Half-up braid
Half-up braid

This uneven braided hairstyle is a pretty look that's perfect for when there's no time to style anything that takes longer than five minutes.

Styling tip

Braid the hair at the back with one piece of hair that's either much larger or much smaller than the other two for an unconventional plait.

2. Half-up fishtail braids

Half-up fishtail braids
Half-up fishtail braids

If you love the teeny tiny details of braided hairstyles and have fifteen minutes or so to style your hair, half-up fishtail braids are a great option.

Styling tip

Complete your half-up 'do with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to tame flyaways and keep your hair frizz-free.

3. Princess waves

Long half-up princess waves
Long half-up princess waves

Whether you're a Game of Thrones fan or just wanted to have princess hair since you were little, long, half-up waves could be right up your street!

Styling tip

Use a 1 ½" curling iron to create large waves through the lengths to add movement to your style.

4. Half-up beehive

Half-up beehive hairstyle
Half-up beehive hairstyle

For the vintage beauties among you, a half-up beehive is perfect for when you want to go the extra mile with your hair. For bonus retro points, curl the ends to add movement.

Styling tip

Get volume that lasts with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray.

5. Tousled half-up waves

Tousled half-up hair
Tousled half-up hair

As summery, effortless looking hairstyles go, it doesn't get much better than tousled waves! Worn half-up, they create a cute, bohemian hairstyle you can wear everywhere from the beach to the office.

Styling tip

Get the beachy texture just right with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray.

6. Headband braid

Headband braid
Headband braid

Dealing with dirty roots can be a chore but a headband braid does it as prettily as possible. It's basically just two small braids on either side of your face wrapped over the top of the head to form a band - so simple!

Styling tip

Hide any telltale signs of greasiness with Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Longwear Spray.

7. Half-up baby braid

Half-up baby braid
Half-up baby braid

They say the devil's in the detail, but if this adorable baby braid is anything to go by, we reckon it has more to do with angels. Seriously, how cute is this half-up 'do?

Styling tip

Before styling, detangle your hair with a boar bristle brush to avoid getting caught up in any knots while creating the baby braid.

8. Rebellious braids

Half-up braided hairstyle
Half-up braided hairstyle

Imagine a punk princess and this half-up braided hairstyle is probably how she'd be wearing her hair. It's edgy, slightly undone, and effortlessly cool.

Styling tip

Texturize your hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum.

9. Wet look half-up hair

Wet look half-up hair
Wet look half-up hair

Slicked back hairstyles aren't for everyone, but if you're feeling brave, a wet look approach to half-up hair might be something you'll want to try. It looks great with statement makeup for a night out and you don't need to wash your hair beforehand!

Styling tip

With some Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel on your fingertips, rake the hair back off your face, adding more gel as needed.

10. Undone waves

Half-up undone waves
Half-up undone waves

Easy, undone hair textures are trending like crazy this season, and one of the prettiest ways to rock the look is with half-up waves. It's essentially a cute way to make your bed head hair acceptable for the outside world!

Styling tip

Use a 1" curling iron to add waves and smooth existing kinks and bumps.

11. Half-up pompadour

Half-up pompadour
Half-up pompadour

A more modern version of a half-up beehive, a voluminous pompadour is a bold, unapologetic look for a night out, or anytime you want to feel a little fiercer than usual.

Styling tip

Before styling, apply Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse and rough dry to get a full-bodied mane to work with.

12. Half-up bun

Jennifer Lopez's half-up bun
Jennifer Lopez's half-up bun

Another gorgeous way to handle unwashed hair, a half-up topknot or bun will showcase movement through the lengths of your hair while keeping the dirty top layers under wraps.

Styling tip

Curl the ends of your hair with a 2" iron for extra movement.

13. Glossy mini-knot

Glossy half-up mini knot
Glossy half-up mini knot

With a lower placement than the style above, a half-up mini knot is a sleeker, more office-friendly hairstyle.

Styling tip

Add shine and banish flyaways with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray.

14. Vintage curls with a scarf

Vintage half-up hair with a scarf
Vintage half-up hair with a scarf

Fifties inspired beauty looks will never be out of style, so why not rock one with some half-up curls and a headscarf?

Styling tip

For curls that last, clip each piece of hair up to cool when it comes off the iron.

15. Crisscrossed bobby pins

Half-up twists
Half-up twists

Bobby pins are becoming becoming bona-fide hair accessories, and we love this simple crisscross holding half-up twists in place. It's really cute and it only takes a couple of minutes to style.

Styling tip

For a smooth, frizz-free look, apply Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream before drying your hair.

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