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5 Easy half-up hairstyles to try

/ 03.20.2014
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  • Freida Pinto with half-up hair at the Golden Globes 2012
  • Braided half-up headband hairstyle
  • Half-up beehive
  • Romantic half-up hair
  • Half-up braided hairstyle

Half-up hairstyles are a great alternative to updos, not least because they allow you to experiment with braids, buns and the like, while also leaving plenty of room for natural-looking texture and movement. The best of all worlds? Quite possibly.

Above, you'll find a selection of five gorgeous half-up hairstyles to try. Each one can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, and they're all really pretty. You're welcome!

Red carpet chic

Back in 2012, L'Oréal Paris spokesmodel Freida Pinto hit the red carpet at the Golden Globes with a glamorous half-up beehive hairstyle. Slightly more refined than many similar vintage looks, this 'do would be perfect for prom, a ball, or even a wedding! Failing that, wear it for a night out with a little black dress and some smoky eye makeup.

How to style – Blow-dry with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, curl the ends with a wide-barrel curling iron, tease and smooth the top, and fix with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

Braided beauty

A simple braided headband with loose, wavy hair is a great look for any occasion. It keeps the hair off your face yet retains a certain romantic feel. For anyone who wants to rock a girly look that isn't too girly, this might just be your new go-to look...

How to style – Braid a section of hair (1 inch or so) from behind each ear and secure with hair elastics. Pull them up over your head and tuck them under one another to form the headband, then secure with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

Vintage va va voom

To all those of you who feel like you were born too late to really embrace the swinging sixties, we would like to point out that it is never too late. With an XXL half-up beehive, a mini-dress and some heavy graphic eyeliner, it'll be like you travelled back in time! Hairspray at the ready...

How to style – Define a deep side part and section off some bangs at the front. Tease the roots at the crown of your head with Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, smooth into a beehive and secure with bobby pins at the back. Fix with hairspray and you're good to go!

Sweet simplicity

A wavy, wispy half-up hairstyle is the ultimate in easy romantic beauty. Lightly disheveled and seemingly held in place with fairy dust, this kind of hairstyle will make you feel like Cinderella (after the prince finds the slipper).

How to style – Apply Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray generously over all the hair, take a section and twist it. While holding the ends of the twist, blow-dry completely. Repeat on the rest of your hair and then finger-comb before twisting two sections of hair and pinning them at the back. As always, fix with hairspray.

Pretty as a princess

Sticking with the fairytale theme, a braided half-up hairstyle – complete with a rose-shaped braided bun is perhaps the cutest hairstyle in the history of cuteness. Then again, it's a bit like something Cersei would wear in Game Of Thrones so maybe it has a bit of an edge after all...

How to style – Braid a section of hair from behind each ear and gather them at the back, securing with a hair elastic. Braid the lengths into one single braid and then pin the hair into a loose rose-shaped (ish) bun. Braid a section of hair from underneath the bun to create a stalk for the rose and fix with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray.

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