fbpx

Classic Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles for Every Hair Type

When it comes to styling your hair for various occasions, the multitude of options can be overwhelming. However, the half-up, half-down style is a classic for a reason. An effortless, half-up look can elevate your air-dried hair or effortlessly transition a casual day look into a glamorous night out. The versatility of a half-up, half-down hairstyle not only solves those indecision woes, but it’s also an excellent choice for those with thick or curly locks that are hard to maintain and difficult to tie up.

To offer up a little inspo, we asked our styling experts for their top picks on different half-up half-down hairstyles, and exactly how to achieve them. Let’s take a look at classic half-up, half-down hairstyles for every hair type.

1. High Half-Up, Half-Down Pony 

The trending hairstyle right now is the high half-up ponytail, sported by celebrities like Zendaya, Rihanna, and Bella Hadid. Luckily for us, this simple sleek pony up top is easy to recreate. To get the look, section your hair into two sections – a small one at the top for your ponytail and a thicker section left down.  

We recommend smoothing the StyleSign Creative Texture Sugerego through your hair and slick back with a bristle styling brush. Secure the top ponytail at the crown for a high snatched look. Then wrap a small strand of hair around the base to hide the hair band. 

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles
@jennifer_yepez

2. Casual Half-Up, Half-Down 

Achieve a sleek and straight yet voluminous look simultaneously. To create the teased crown height reminiscent of Blake Lively, softly tease the rear part of your hair, spritz it with texturising spray and secure it. Use a product like Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste on the front hair section in moderation to ensure everything stays in position and to tame any flyaways. 

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles
@sabrinacarpenter

3. Topsy Tail 

Showcase a chic hairstyle with one of the simplest tricks to dressing up a half-up, half-down. Here’s how to get the classic topsy tail: Once you’ve put half your hair up into a ponytail, split your hair down the middle right above your hair tie, and flip your ponytail through that hole. Voilà. You’re out the door in a minute flat. Apply a generous amount of Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Crème to damp hair. This not only thickens your hair but also enhances shine, leaving it feeling soft to the touch.

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles
@kattthompson

4. Double Space Buns 

Space buns (also known as high-puff hairstyles) have become one of the most popular hair trends for 2024. Whether you prefer a voluminous Boho-chic vibe or edgy and sleek is more your thing, space buns can take on multiple aesthetics. Adding two space buns to your half-up half-down hairstyle makes it unique and playful. It also works for any hair length or hair texture. Pull out some face-framing pieces to create the perfect space bun look. 

@rowisingh

5. Bubble Pigtails 

Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan proves that bubble pigtails are the cutest hair trend to date. The trick is to pair them with a half-up half-down hairstyle and straight hair. To get the look, start by parting your hair into two ponytails at the crown of your head. With clear elastics, create bubbles along your pigtails and tug them slightly to make them bigger. Spritz with your favourite hair spray and straighten the bottom half lengths of your hair. 

@gigihadid

6. ’60s Glam 

Ooh la la! It’s time to throw your hair back to the sexy sixties. We love this voluminous ‘60s-inspired half-up half-down look. Channel your inner Bridget Bardot and turn up the volume to achieve this retro look. Tie your hair in a slick ponytail and add as much texture as possible to your hanging strands. The major swoop at the ends is the perfect detail to frame your face and soften up your look. 

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles
@justinemarjan

7. Slicked Back Pony

Few hairstyles make you feel more like a boss than a slicked-back ponytail. It’s a style that always means business, whether you’re looking to emulate that “slick look” that’s all over TikTok, or just want a hairstyle that’s going to add some extra oomph paired with a sexy cat-eye. A teeny tiny hair tie will make sure that your hair looks extra pulled-back. If you find that your hairline isn’t exactly ready to be fully on display, try a root touch-up powder to fake the look. 

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles
@erickinvisible

8. Loose Top Knot 

The half-knot is a current favourite, instantly making any outfit look a little bit edgier. Bella Hadid is a proud adopter. To get the look, pull your face-framing strands into a messy coiled bun fastened at the crown of her head and leave the rest of your hair down with a subtle bend. 

half up half down hair ideas
@justinemarjan

9. Slicked Top Knot 

Another variation of a top knot to try is this slicked up version. It’s a little bit edgier and requires more styling to get that sleek look, but the results are worth it. Slick your hair back for a cleaner look with some rock hard gel for an intense hold. 

half up half down hair ideas
@justinemarjan

10. Face-Framing 

Let face-framing strands or longer bangs fall by your face while pinning back the longer lengths just like our eternal hair crush Sabrina Carpenter. 

half up half down hair ideas
@jennifer_yepez