If you love wearing your hair down, but are sick of it constantly getting in the way, it might be time to revisit the classic half-up, half-down hairstyle. These styles give you the best of both worlds — loose, flowing hair that never gets in your eyes at an inopportune time. And yes, this does mean you might finally stop playing with your hair! For your next hairdo inspiration, look no further than these fabulous coifs.
Want a low-maintenance look that's perfect for keeping your hair back while still framing the face? Take inspiration from the always-classy Naomie Harris and try this elegant option. The polished styling makes it perfect for a professional setting, and it'll still look great if you decide to go for drinks afterward. Simply pull the hair back behind the ears and pin it; consider a styling cream if your hair is prone to flyaways.
This choice, seen on Florence Brudenell-Bruce, is a great casual option. Perfect for a day at the beach or an outdoor garden party, it simply oozes boho chic. This looks fantastic paired with natural makeup; think glowing cheeks, radiant skin, and a healthy fake tan. Don't straighten your hair for this, either — some natural waves give this look its signature touch.
If you want something with a bit more "wow" factor, look no further than this 60's-inspired 'do. Rebecca Ferguson rocks a modern twist on this vintage classic by keeping her hair half down, paired with loose waves and long, piece-y bangs. These touches provide a great contrast to the perfectly coiffed, voluminous section at the back. This look will require a bit of teasing, so if you're recreating it at home, don't be shy with the hairspray!
Another eye-catching style, this one is reminiscent of the pompadour made famous in the 50's. Its roots date back further than that, however; it's actually named after Madame de Pompadour, a mistress of King Louis XV. VV Brown proves that the style is far from dated, sweeping the hair forward to create a modern rockabilly update.
Keep things interesting by pulling the hair to one side instead of straight back. This is a great alternative to a simple side part and is also perfect for disguising bangs you're trying to grow out. Nicole Kidman rocks this look with stylish waves and elegant jewelry, but it's a great all-rounder that you can wear with just about anything.
If Ariana Grande is your queen, here's a great way to echo her signature high pony without having to fully commit. Pull back the top half of your hair into a sleek high ponytail — the higher the better — and leave the rest down for a version of the look that's a lot easier to pull off. Take inspiration from Larsen Thompson by wrapping a piece of your hair around the band to cover it and keep your style looking smooth.
If you dig a high bun, this is a cute alternative that won't leave you with a massive headache. Simply pull half your hair back and pile it in top of your head, twist into a bun, and secure it loosely. It's okay if some hair falls out — unlike the high ponytail, this look is designed to be messy and unpolished. To give it a bit of an 80's twist, swap your hairband for a scrunchie and add a headband to keep flyaways back off your face.
Another great way to incorporate a bun into a half-up, half-down hairstyle is with this messy low bun. This is another style that should be more casual than sleek — think loose waves, face-framing strands, and a healthy dose of volume. If you're after the messy look but don't want to risk it all falling apart, try subtly placing some hair pins or finishing off your look with hairspray.
Take your cue from the Duchess of Cambridge with this elegant, timeless choice. Simply begin braiding your hair as normal and stop once half your hair is pulled back. This version is secured with invisible pins, but feel free to finish yours off with a hairband if the former seems too fussy.
For a unique twist on the half-up, half-down style, how about copying this trendy approach rocked by Marion Cotillard? This edgy look features slicked-back sides, a voluminous pouf in front, and hair falling loosely at the back. Perfect if you're going out, or just want to feel like you're walking down the red carpet.
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