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Updo hairstyles are great and they don't always have to be formal either. Half up half down hairstyles are one kind of updo, and as Katie Summers explains they're the perfect everyday hairstyle because they're easy to manage, fun, and sexy.

If you're like me (and I assume you are because you're reading this article) then you like doing things with your hair that aren't going to take up too much time, but will still look like you've put in some effort. When that's the case, an easy everyday hairstyle is the perfect solution. And super easy everyday hairstyles are half up half down hairstyles. Anyone can wear them, they suit every occasion and there are plenty of different ways to add your own styling touches.

This simple look is achieved by:

  • gathering sections of hair from your top, left and right sides (basically the whole top half of your hair)
  • securing the hair together with a hair elastic, clip or bobby pins and
  • leaving the bottom part of your hair loose

It's that easy!

Half up Half down Hairstyles are Perfect Everyday Hairstyles Because...

Anyone Can Wear Them

Whether your hair is fine, medium or thick, or if you have curls, waves or dead straight locks, your hair can be styled into a half up half down look. This type of updo also works for those with larger ears or skinny necks, as the top section of hair (that is pulled back) can be styled over the ears for a flattering look, and the lower loose hair can be used to conceal a skinnier neck.

They Suit Every Occasion

Need a style for the office, for a party, for a wedding, or for a job interview? How about something to wear around the house so your hair stays out of your eyes? A half up half down hairstyle is the answer. Not only can you tailor your half up half down style to go with your occasion, but you can also use it to complement your outfit; for example, use the half down section of your hair to cover any skin that may be overexposed by the neckline of a low cut dress.

They Give You the Best of Both Worlds

When it comes to styling long or medium length hair, it either goes all up or all down. Both can be a great look, but a half up half down hairstyle is the ultimate compromise as it can cut back on your styling time and give you a look that combines formal (half up) and casual (half down) so you'll never be caught out at any event when it comes to your hairdo.

Half up Half down Hairstyles are Versatile Because...

Once you've got the basic structure of the hairstyle down you can then add your own touches by:

Getting Creative and Trying Something Different

A romantic, funky or casual look can easily be achieved by bringing your two side sections together (leaving your top section to hang loose like the rest of your hair) and plaiting or twisting them.

Using Hair Clips

Not only will hair clips keep your hair secure, they can also add a touch of class to your look (think glittery, sparkly clips with beautiful designs and detail).

Using Ribbons

Tying your hair together with a ribbon is a great alternative to plain hair bands. They can even be weaved into your hairstyle if you're creating a half up half down look with just your side sections.

Straightening Your Hair

For a no-fuss, clean-cut look, try straightening your hair before pulling it into a half up half down look.

Adding Curls

For a flirty, pretty look, use your curling iron to add some curls after you've pulled your hair into a half up half down style. If you've got naturally wavy or curly hair you can also scrunch your curls for a beachy, casual look.

Half up half down hairstyles are perfect for showing off your beautiful facial features and great for creating a versatile range of looks that can be as casual, professional, elegant, funky or as feminine as you like. Another benefit of half up half down hairstyles is that they only take a minimal amount of effort. I know what hairstyle I'll be wearing tomorrow. How about you?

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