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Half-Up Hairstyles Perfect For Your Next Event

21 December 2017
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Junior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

We all know the stress that comes with preparing for a big event. What will you wear? Should you bring a date? And, most importantly, how will you wear your hair. You may believe heading to the salon for an elaborate updo is the only way to truly mark a momentous occasion, but we’re here to tell you it’s time to shake things up!

For your next event, consider swapping your go-to updo with an elegant half-up hairstyle. Not sure which half-up hairstyle is perfect for you? We found five hairstyles we’re sure you’ll love.

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This classic style is a go-to for anyone who loves half-up hairstyles. While the style is admittedly fairly casual (one of the reasons it makes such a great go-to style), it can absolutely be dressed up for your next big event.

To pull it off, you’ll want to pick up a glamorous hair accessory. Our personal favorite is a gold hair cuff. Simply gather the top half of your hair in a ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Once you’ve added the gold cuff, you’ll have a festive look ready for any holiday party.

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Top Knot

If you’d like an upgrade from the simple half-up ponytail, consider swapping out your pony for a top knot. Simply gather the top half of your hair in a ponytail and fasten with a hair elastic. Then, wrap your ponytail around itself until you form a bun and secure the bun with several bobby pins. If you want to give your top knot a little extra glamour, swap out your regular bobby pins for crystal bedazzled pins.

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Loose Curls

If you’re looking for a romantic half-up ‘do, loose curls are the way to go. Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before wrapping it around the curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until it’s just heated through (approximately 30-60 seconds, depending on the thickness of your hair).

Continue curling 2-inch sections of hair until you’ve finished your entire head, raking your fingers through the hair to loosen up your curls. Then, gather the ringlets from the front half of your hair and secure them with a hair clip at the back of your head. Set the style with a medium hold hairspray.

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French Twist

French twists are the epitome of elegance and this half-up version is no different. To begin, part your hair to the right or left and clip off two small sections of hair on either side of the part. Then, gather one section of hair, position it in the middle of the back of your head and secure with a bobby pin. Next, take the other section of hair, bring it to meet the pinned section in the middle and twist the hair over itself before securing it with several bobby pins.

photo of bouffant Half up hairstyle


Big events call for big hair—and nothing is bigger or better than a half-up bouffant. Channel your inner ‘60s siren with this sexy ‘do. For this look, you’ll want to start with freshly washed hair. Opt to wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo to ensure lots of volume at the roots.

Once you’ve blown out your locks, section off the hair at your crown and flip it over so it hangs in front of your face. Then, lightly spray the sectioned off hair with a medium hold hairspray and backcomb your locks to create volume at your roots. Once you’ve backcombed the entire section of hair, flip it back over and gently comb the top so it looks smooth. Then gather the backcombed section of hair at the center of the back of your head, and secure with several bobby pins. Set your look with a medium hold hairspray.

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