If you’ve been scouring Pinterest for the right hairstyle for your big day, you know that half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles are totally on-trend. A great way to show off your makeup look and keep your strands out of your face without hiding the gorgeous length of your hair, it’s no surprise that half-up wedding hair is popping up everywhere. And since there are so many options to choose from, we’ve compiled the best half-up options for complementing your wedding dress and beauty look. Have your pick from 29 stunning half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles, each of which is perfect for saying “I do” in style.
#1. FLAT TWISTS WITH A VEIL
Feast your eyes on this gorgeous ‘do! Flat twists are a great way to add a romantic touch to your look, and pairing them with a veil knocks things out of the park. Best of all, twists are super easy to style, making this a go-to pick for your big day.
To get the look, start by dividing your hair into two sections, making sure the top half is a bit smaller than the bottom half. Clip the bottom portion out of the way, then split the top layer into two further sections. Twist both sections back until they meet behind your head, then secure their ends with one small hair elastic. Release the bottom layer of your hair, and place your veil at the center of your twists, then you’re all set to walk down the aisle.
#2. PEARL-EMBELLISHED FLAT TWISTS
Looking to add some glam to your wedding day look? You may want to give pearl-embellished flat twists a try. Super feminine with a sophisticated touch, this ‘do will give your look a little extra oomph that won’t go unnoticed. Start by creating two flat twists just as we described above, but instead of using an elastic to tie them off, clip your twists at the center of your head with bobby pins before releasing the bottom layer of your hair. Slip pearl hair pins throughout your twists for the perfect finishing touch.
#3. HALF UP TEXTURED TWISTS WITH NATURAL CURLS
Want to wear your natural hair on your wedding day? Textured twists with natural curls won’t disappoint! This look is all about highlighting your textured strands, and once you see the end result, you’ll be totally smitten. Kick things off by distributing an egg-sized amount of curl mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, through your strands. Scrunch and allow your mane to air dry.
Once your hair is fully dry, divide it into two even sections and clip the bottom half out of the way. Part the top half into two sections, and set one side out of the way. Reach for a bit of hair pomade or paste, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, and work a small amount through your hair to amp up the texture. Gather your strands at the start of your hairline, twist from the root to the ends, and secure with a hair tie. Repeat on the other side. Combine both twists at the center of your head and secure with bobby pins. Let the bottom half of your hair down and fluff your natural curls.
#4. HALF-UP TEXTURED TWIST BUN
Buns are a go-to wedding hairstyle for good reason. They’re undeniably chic and allow you to get creative with your ‘do. And despite what you might think, you don’t have to put all of your hair up to rock a bun. Textured twists with a bun are a great way to have the best of both worlds. Follow the steps below to bring this look to life.
STEP #1. PART YOUR HAIR
Start by dividing your hair into two even sections, a top and bottom layer. Clip the bottom layer out of the way. Part the top layer into two more sections and clip one side out of the way.
STEP #2. CREATE YOUR TWISTS
Gather your strands at the hairline, twist from the root to ends, and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat on the other side.
STEP #3. FORM YOUR BUN
Combine both twists and form a ponytail. Wrap the length of the ponytail around its base until your bun has formed. Secure it with bobby pins.
STEP #4. SEAL THE DEAL
Release the bottom layer and mist with a strong-hold spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold, to keep your look in place.
#5. HALF-UP DUTCH BRAID
For brides that love to keep things classic in the hairstyling department, a half-up, half-down Dutch braid may be your perfect match. This popular style makes braiding your strands super easy and works to add a bit of edge to your wedding day look. Weave the top section of your mane into a Dutch braid that wraps from one ear to the other. Leave the rest of your strands hanging free.
Editor’s note: Rusty on your braiding skills? Here’s How to Dutch Braid Your Hair, for all the deets.
#6. HALF-UP FISHTAIL BRAID
Can’t get enough of braided wedding hairstyles? Similar to a half-up Dutch braid, a half-up fishtail braid is seriously stunning for your big day! This style sports a gorgeously woven plait that wraps around the crown of your head, adding a whimsical and playful vibe to your look. Part your hair at your ears, then use the top section to create your halo fishtail.
#7. WATERFALL BRAID
Speaking of pretty braids, it’s only right that we put the waterfall braid on your radar. This half-up wedding hairstyle creates a cascading effect that makes for a look that will have all eyes on you. Perfect for brides with long strands, this style will elevate your look with ease—which is just what you need on your big day. Head on over to our article, How to Create a Waterfall Braid, for a step-by-step guide.
#8. HALF-UP, HALF-DOWN PIGTAILS
What’s better than one braid? We think two! Half-up, half-down double braids are an excellent choice for those who want to take their look a couple of steps further. This style doesn’t skimp on edge and adds a cool-girl aesthetic to your look, which is perfect for less traditional brides. Start by dividing your hair into two even sections, a top and bottom layer. With your top layer, create two Dutch braids—or any type of braid you prefer. Tie them off at the ends, use your fingers to pancake the plaits for added volume and texture, and that’s it.
#9. BOX BRAIDS WITH A PRETZEL BUN
Who says you can’t rock box braids on your wedding day? Box braids are effortlessly stylish, and adding a half-up pretzel bun into the mix is all the more trendy. A great option for brides who can’t resist a protective style, you won’t be able to get enough of this look. Starting with your hair already in box braids, part them into two even sections. Gather the top section and create a ponytail. Twist the length of the ponytail until you reach the ends and wrap the length around its base to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins and let the rest of your braids hang free.
#10. HALF-UP STACKED PONYTAILS WITH BOWS
You can never go wrong with a half-up double ponytail look. It’s super easy to style and adds extra pizzazz to your strands. Here’s how to get the look.
STEP #1. PART YOUR HAIR
Separate your strands into two layers. Clip the bottom layer out of the way.
STEP #2. CREATE YOUR PONYTAILS
Split the top half into two sections, another top and bottom layer. Gather the top layer into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat with the bottom layer. Once complete, wrap a ribbon around each ponytail and create a bow. Now that’s how you rock a chic hair accessory!
STEP #3. FINISH YOUR LOOK
Release the bottom half and comb through your strands. Mist a bit of hairspray to keep your look in place.
#11. HALF-UP PONY WITH PIECEY STRANDS
One of the easiest ways to add a romantic vibe to your hair? Playing with piecey strands! This tiny detail works to frame your face for an unforgettable look. Set the stage by parting your hair into two equal sections, so that you have a top and a bottom layer. Pull the top section into a ponytail but leave a few small strands loose around your hairline for a chic, no-fuss style.
#12. HALF-UP, HALF-DOWN HIGH PONYTAIL
Your wedding day is all about going the extra mile in the beauty department, and a half-up high ponytail could be the perfect way to do just that. Versatile and chic, this style looks fantastic with medium and long hair. Best of all, you can create this look in little to no time. Divide your strands into two even sections and clip the bottom half out of the way. Gather your hair at the top of your head and secure with a hair elastic to form a ponytail. Separate a thick strand from the length of your ponytail and wrap it around its base for chic detailing that will hide your hair tie. Secure the ends with a bobby pin, let your bottom layer down, and you’re ready to roll!
#13. SWOOPED BANGS WITH HALF-UP PONY
Ponytails will never go out of style, and side-swept bangs are the cherry on top to any ponytail hairstyle. Start by dividing your hair into two sections, making sure that the top half is a bit larger than the bottom. Next, part and brush your hair, including your bangs, to the side for a swooped shape. Gather the top layer of hair and form a ponytail, then secure with a hair tie.
#14. HALF-UP DOUBLE PONYTAIL
Ready to step outside of the box? A double ponytail wedding hairstyle will take you there. This style features two ponytails for double the fun. An excellent option for those who love minimal styling, this hairstyle can be pulled together in just a few minutes. For a slick look, start by applying a bit of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, to your roots, and brush your hair back. Then part your hair down the middle, creating two large sections. Finally, create half-up ponytails on each side to complete your look.
#15. HALF-UP SLEEK PONY WITH CLIPS
If you’re looking to flaunt a trendy ‘do, a sleek ponytail easily gets our vote! It’s classic, stylish, and super flattering—basically everything you could dream of for a wedding day look. Working with the top layer of your hair, brush your hair toward the top of your head to form a ponytail. Once secured, place two sparkly bobby pins in the shape of an ‘X’ on one side of your head for the perfect amount of glitz!
#16. HALF-UP TEXTURED PONY WITH ROSES
There’s something about a half-up textured ponytail that totally wins us over. From its effortless volume to its gorgeous natural texture, this style was meant for your debut down the aisle, especially when you add roses into the mix.
STEP #1. PREP YOUR STRANDS
Start by applying an egg-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to your strands. Scrunch and let your mane air dry.
STEP #2. PART YOUR HAIR
Part your hair into two even sections and clip the bottom half out of the way.
STEP #3. BUILD YOUR PONY
Add a small amount of hair gel to your roots and brush your strands toward the center of your head. Gather your hair into a ponytail and release the bottom half.
STEP #4. ADD A FLORAL TOUCH
Place small roses throughout your strands for the perfect floral touch.
#17. SLEEK HALF-UP TOP KNOT
Looking for a minimalist style with a polished finish? The perfect mix of glamour and trendiness, the half-up sleek top knot fits the bill. To bring it to life, part your mane at your ears to create a top and bottom section. Smooth the top section into a sleek top knot—making sure there are no lumps or bumps in sight. Let the bottom half of your mane hang free. Easy, right?
#18. HALF-UP BALLERINA BUN
Now, while you have buns on the brain, it’s only right that we cover the half-up ballerina bun. This clean-cut style flaunts a classic vibe that will complement your wedding dress perfectly. Part your hair from ear to ear, then twist the top section into a flawless ballerina bun. Leave the rest of your strands hanging down. How pretty!
#19. HALF-UP, HALF-DOWN BRAIDED BUN
Interested in steering away from more classic buns? A half-up, half-down braided bun may tickle your fancy. This style combines sass and edge for a look that you can’t help but swoon over.
STEP #1. PART YOUR HAIR
Part your hair into two even sections, a top and bottom layer, and clip the bottom section out of the way.
STEP #2. CREATE A PONYTAIL
Apply a small amount of gel to your top half and brush your hair toward the center of your head. Secure your strands in a ponytail using a hair elastic.
STEP #3. FORM YOUR BUN
Separate a thick strand of hair from the length of your ponytail and clip it off to the side. Roll the remaining length of the ponytail around its base to form your bun.
STEP #4. BUILD YOUR BRAID
Using the thick strand, create a three-strand plait, and secure it with a hair tie. Wrap the braid around your bun and hold it in place with a bobby pin.
STEP #5. LOCK IT ALL IN
Release the bottom half and mist your hair with hairspray.
#20. HALF-UP CURLY MESSY BUN
Another bun style worth a try on your wedding day? The half-up, half-down curly messy bun. This look works wonders to highlight your texture and serves up a carefree style that’s perfectly boho-chic. Simply part your curly hair from ear to ear and twist the top section of hair into a messy bun, leaving a few curls hanging free at the front. Add a sparkly clip or a glitzy headband to the look for a show-stopping finish.
#21. HALF-UP DOUBLE BUN
When thinking of hairstyles that will allow you to dance the night away without having to undergo touch-ups continually, half-up double buns instantly come to mind. A style that screams glamour and sophistication, it’s sure to receive a ton of love. To get the look, part your mane and create a top and bottom layer. Split the top half into two even sections and clip the bottom out of the way. Add a bit of hair gel to your roots and brush your hair toward the top of your head. Gather into a bun, secure with a hair tie, and repeat on the remaining half of your top section. Leave the bottom half of your mane down, and you’re ready to bust a move!
#22. HALF-UP AND PINNED-BACK
Love a slicked-back look? Why not keep things simple and pretty with a pinned-back do? This style meets the standard for a glamorous look, and you don’t have to spend tons of time to style it. Simply part your hair in two sections, making sure that the top section is significantly smaller than the bottom. Clip the bottom section out of the way. Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel and apply a dime-sized amount to your roots. Brush your strands toward the back of your head and secure it with a few bobby pins, then release your bottom half of hair.
#23. PINNED-BACK WITH CURLS
Let’s stick with simple styles for a moment. If you want a half-up, half-down wedding day hairstyle that you can create in a matter of minutes, pinned-back hair with curls will do just that. This style works well for all lengths and is the true epitome of minimal styling. Apply an egg-sized amount of curl mousse to your strands, scrunch, and let your hair air dry. Once your mane is dry, add a bit of gel to the roots and brush the top layer of your hair toward the back of your head and secure with bobby pins. Fluff your strands that are still hanging down and mist the L’Oréal Paris Advanced LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray over your entire style to lock it in place.
#24. PINNED BACK WITH A MIDDLE PART
Can’t stop fawning over the middle part trend? Pair the look with pinned-back strands for a winning style. This look comes in handy to keep your strands out of your face and makes for a versatile and effortlessly stylish finish. Part your hair into two even sections, forming a top and bottom layer. Create a middle part on the top half, add a touch of hair gel to each side, and smooth your hair back. Secure the top layer on each side with bobby pins behind your ears.
#25. HALF-UP BOUFFANT
Bouffants naturally come to mind for swanky occasions, and your wedding day certainly qualifies. This style has been gaining major traction in the beauty world as of late, so if you love to follow hairstyle trends, this ‘do will make the perfect pick. To get the look, you’ll want to create a horizontal part at the center of your head, making sure the bottom is larger than the top section. Clip the bottom half out of the way. Tease the top portion, smooth your strands back, and secure with bobby pins. Release the bottom layer of hair and mist your strands evenly with strong-hold hairspray.
#26. HALF-UP CROWN BRAID WITH A BOUFFANT
Ready to up the ante on the traditional bouffant style? Add a crown braid to the party to get the job done. While this style speaks to your love of sophisticated styles, the braid gives your look the perfect touch of edge. Like a normal half-up bouffant, create a horizontal part at the center of your head, making sure that the bottom is larger than the top portion. Clip the bottom section out of the way. Next, you’ll want to create a part that’s about one inch in size toward the side of your head and clip the rest of your hair away. Create a small Dutch braid until you reach the bottom of your hair. Secure with a hair elastic.
Release the top section of hair, tease your strands, and smooth your hair back. Secure with bobby pins. Take your side braid, extend it over the back of your bouffant, and secure it with pins. Release the bottom half of your hair and mist your entire mane with hairspray.
#27. HALF-UP BOUFFANT WITH TOUSLED STRANDS
Tousled hair, anyone? Tousled strands add a sassy vibe to your look, and you can guarantee that your groom-to-be won’t be able to take his eyes off of you. We love that this hairstyle is easy to pull together yet looks like you spent hours in the salon. Start by creating your standard half-up bouffant, but when you release your bottom layer of hair, add a bit of hair pomade to each strand and shape in different directions to create a tousled effect. Mist the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Life Creation Spray throughout your mane to add extra texture and fullness.
#28. HALF-UP, HALF-DOWN BEEHIVE
Thinking of a retro theme for your big day? If that’s the case, we have the perfect retro hairstyle in mind: a half-up beehive! Don’t worry; you won’t have to fear bees swarming your mane. Rather, the beehive works to provide your mane with serious volume so you can take your wedding look to new heights.
STEP #1. PREP YOUR STRANDS
Kick things off by creating a medium-sized part at the top of your head. Clip the bottom portion of hair out of the way.
STEP #2. IT’S TIME FOR YOUR BEEHIVE
Using a rattail comb, tease the top section of hair, smooth your hair back, and secure with bobby pins for a heightened look.
STEP #3. FINISH IT OFF
Release your bottom layer of hair and mist hairspray evenly over your strands.
#29. SIDE PIN CURLS WITH SPARKLY BOBBY PINS
On the hunt for a pinned-up textured look? Side pin curls could be your wedding day hairstyle match. Start by applying curl mousse to your damp strands, scrunch, and let your hair air dry. Once your hair is dry, you’ll want to part your hair into two even sections. Set the bottom half out of the way, then brush the top half toward either side of your head and create sections that are about an inch in size.
Take each section, tuck your hair around one of your fingers, and roll up until you reach the roots. Secure with a sparkly bobby pin. Repeat until your top section is full of pin curls. Release the rest of your hair, fluff your curls, and you’re ready for the perfect wedding-day selfie!
Next up: Now that you have plenty of half-up wedding hairstyles to choose from, it’s time to turn your attention to your makeup. Head on over to our article, Calling All 2020 Brides, Natural Wedding Makeup Looks Are In, to find your perfect beauty beat.
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