9 Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles for Any Occasion

You know what’s particularly great about a half-up, half-down hairstyle? Unlike full updos, they work on most lengths. Then, there’s the fact that they dress up any look while still lending an air of effortlessness. Here, nine examples to inspire your next event.

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Loosely-pinned Style

Calling all brides and wedding guests: Nothing says romantic like a head full of soft, cascading waves that are gently pulled back by a few pearl accents.

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Half-up Lob

In the process of growing out bangs? Part your hair in the center before raking the sides back and securing everything with an elastic to keep it out of your face (while adding some polish).

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Retro Style

Speaking of polish, if you’re looking for a different way to style your bob, try a curled-and-pinned look like Emma here.

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Embellished Twist

From the front, this might just look like your average half-up 'do. From the back, it’s a complete party.

A Voluminous Tie-back

Dress up rumpled waves (aka bedhead) by adding some height at the top and securing sections of your hair back with velvet bows.

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One-sided Style

While a ball gown and chignon are a classic pairing, it can read a bit stuffy for some. To lighten up the look, let your hair down and clip it to one side using a sleek accessory.

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Half-up Curls

For an elegant, yet edgy style, smooth down the top and sides of your hair and let the rest of your gorgeous curls rest on your shoulders.

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Braided Crown

A plaited crown is our go-to party trick for when we need to disguise greasy roots. In fact, the more (ahem) texture, the better the braid.

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Follow Lana Condor’s lead by teasing some volume at the crown of your head before flipping out the ends to add some sass.

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