Wearing your hair half-up, half-down is an incredibly easy way to look effortlessly chic. It also keeps your hair in place all day so you don’t have to keep flicking it backwards. All you need are some good quality bobby pins and hair elastics, as well as a good holding spray if your hair is super smooth and sleek.
Up your hair game with these effortlessly easy half-up hairstyles that are suitable for all kinds of occasions:
Throw the top half section into a half-bun (or “hun”) and decorate with a circle barrette for a shiny touch.
Add a bit of oomph to short hair by dressing it up with an elegant black velvety ribbon.
Instead of braiding all your hair, simply french braid the top half, and tie them together with ribbon for a festive look.
Overlap two sections of hair from either side of your head, and secure with bobby pins and tons of hairspray.
For this look, first make a half-ponytail, leaving a small section on either the left or right side loose. Braid that small section, then simply wrap it around the half-pony to create an accent braid. Secure with hairtie or bobby pins.
This style works best with a bit of waves, so make sure to have some texturising spray on hand. Grab a section of hair by each of your temples, then slowly twist them down the whole length, securing with bobby pins or a hairtie. So easy!
This surprisingly simple look takes less than five minutes to achieve: First, make three sections, with the middle section slightly overlapping the other two. Invert each section, and then tie all three sections together. Pull gently for a more textured effect, and finish with a shiny pin.
This relaxed, cascading style is really simple to do: Grab a section of hair from the back and separate into two. Tie them into a basic knot, leaving on end loose and securing the other with bobby pins.
How gorgeous does this look? Perfect for a fancy event! You’ll need to use your thumb for this one. Click here for the full tutorial.
This one is so easy: grab a section of hair from the middle section starting from your forehead and throw it all into a messy topknot.
Or, if you’re running out of the house, swipe a simple barrette from your dressing table and you can do this while you’re on-the-go.
This simple yet sophisticated look involves braiding the top middle section of your hair until you reach the back, then tying it all up in a messy bun or ponytail.
Give your crown some added lift with this easy pin-up hairstyle! See the tutorial here.
Great for the office, romantic date night or a dinner event, this style literally takes less than five minutes to achieve.
For a subtle yet sophisticated look, create a thin fishtail braid by using hair from either side of your head.
All you need are a few bobby pins to create this chic look that’s perfect for super short hair.
Add a bit of modern femininity with a minimalist ribbon (plus points if it’s velvet!)
A more relaxed version of a topknot, this effortless style can be worn on both busy work mornings and easygoing weekends. Click here for the tutorial.
This simple style consists of overlapping sections of hair and securing with bobby pins.
Give texture and volume to your bob if your hair tends to fall a bit flat by gently teasing your locks.
It’s a lot easier than it looks! Get the tutorial here.
It’s essentially splitting a ponytail in a very specific way. Click here to see how it’s done.
Jus turn your half up ponytail inside out and you’ve got a whole new hairstyle.
If you’re looking for a hairstyle to try out for a special occasion, here it is!
For this version of the fishtail braid, tie a regular half updo, then begin braiding.
You can choose to start braiding from your hairline, or simply use sections of hair from either side of your head to create this romantic look.
Why stick with one braid when you can have two? This look is casual, fun and so chic!
Headscarfs are back in trend, and they’re an easy way to instantly glam up your outfit. Use a bobby pin or two to keep it in place!
Section your hair at the crown into two or three braids, then tie them back into a bun to complete this gorgeous half-up do.
Split a section of hair from each side of your head and begin winding them around each other, bringing the sections to the back and securing with a hair tie.
We love how this style helps to enhance the highlights even further!
This article was first published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.