Amidst '80s perms, voluminous textures and twin top-knots, is a hair trend that is slightly subtler than the rest: the half-up half-down hairstyle. The half-up half-down look can be described as just that – half of the hair is pulled up on top of your head and secured with an elastic, while the rest is left down to graze your shoulders. The trend was first spotted on celebrities and L'Oreal muses Bianca Balti , Eva Longoria and Doutzen Kroes at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, who all gave the trend their own personal twist.
Whether it's tousled, curled, or sleek and straight, the half-up half-down hairstyle is a versatile look that works on all hair lengths and textures. It's also an easy solution to dealing with bedhead, unwashed hair, or simply just a bad hair day.
To inspire your next hair 'do, Get The Look is giving you 3 different ways to wear the half-up half-down hairstyle.
3 WAYS TO WEAR THE HALF-UP HALF-DOWN HAIRSTYLE
A HIGH PONYTAIL
For a look that's both voluminous and playful, pull the top half of your hair up into a high pony and secure with an elastic. Hide the elastic by wrapping a piece of hair from the ponytail around the base, then secure with bobby pins. To create volume and texture, curl the loose half of your hair with a medium barrel curling iron, then continue to curl the hair in your ponytail, sticking near the ends. Don't forget to spray a heat protectant on your hair before applying hot tools!
For added volume, tease the base of the ponytail, apply a small amount of mousse to your fingers, and then scrunch using your fingers to create more texture. Finish off with a generous amount of hairspray and you're ready to go!
The twin top-knot hairstyle trend has been popping up everywhere on social media lately – and in many different forms. If you aren't ready to dive fully into the look, take a hint from Ciara and try a half-up style, instead!
To get the look, part your hair down the middle using a fine tooth comb. Next, pull half of the hair up from one side of your head into a ponytail and secure with an elastic. Repeat on the other side of your part, making sure that the ponytails are in line with one another. Next, shape the hairs within the ponytail into a bun, wrapping them around the base of the elastic. Secure with bobby pins.
To create texture on your bottom half, curl the ends of your hair with a large barrel curling iron. Use a brush to brush out the curls, creating a more natural look, then finish off with a shine finish hairspray!
If you're looking for a half-up half-down style that's a little more subtle and sophisticated, look to Margot Robbie for inspiration. Her half-up half-down style starts at the centre of her head – leaving pieces to frame her face in the front – and is pulled back so the bun sits at the back of her crown.
To get this look, use a small barrel curling iron, and curl 1-inch strands of hair, piece by piece, until you've completed your entire head. Use a matt & messy spray and scrunch the hair with your fingers to create a beachy feel. Next, start at the middle of your head, and pull the hair back on each side of your head, joining it together at the back of the crown. Secure the pieces with an elastic, creating a loop as you bring the hair the through.
Which style will you try?