Half Up Half Down Formal Curls

Added: 26 Feb 2014
Add attitude to your look with these easy half up half down formal curls. They give you the perfect, effortless beachy waves that still look like you have put in so much effort. This is a half-up, half-down style with waves in the back and one side of your hair. It's perfect for bridesmaids, prom, or any formal event!

Our ginger-haired model has gorgeous half-and-half-down curls. The red highlights in her hair give it extra luster, and the mocha tones of her skin are perfect with this strapless gown. She has two ear piercings and looks beautiful without makeup, thanks to her natural coloring and glossy lips. Sweet and sexy is the main idea for this half-down hairdo. For this hairstyle, the mid-lengths to ends are styled into tight waves and draped over one shoulder while the top front is swept down to soften the face and gives the overall style a stunning finish. This style is great for fine to medium hair texture. It works best with oval, oblong, and square-shaped faces. It looks best on thin to medium-density hair with fine to medium textures. It is the perfect way to add volume and height to your curls. It evenly distributes curl definition while creating allover natural looking layers, giving you a gorgeous look without distortion.

This chic, half-up, half-down hairstyle is easy to maintain. It requires regular trims after 4 to 6 weeks to avoid split ends. The curls polish your face and will help you stand out from the crowd. This look is easy to re-create at home with the right tools and needs product for shine and hold.

Visual Story

Half Up Half Down Formal Curls- Visual Story

Hairstyle Suitability Rating: ★★★★★
Hairstyle Popularity Rating: ★★★★★

Hairstyle Type

Half Up Long
Hair Color
Mocha with Red Highlights

Haircut Technique



Face Shape
Hair Density
Hair Texture

21 - 30, 31 - 40, and 41 - 50

Forehead Height
Neck Length


30 minutes
Use hairspray to set your hair into place.
mousse, wax, smoothing shine, hair spray
blow dry, curling iron

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step 1

Apply styling mousse to damp hair, using your palm as a measuring guide, and evenly distribute it along the hair shaft. Styling mousse will add hold and can help achieve better results.

step 2

A medium radial brush is used on medium to long hair types to smooth out wavy or curly hair textures or to add body to straight hair. When selecting a radial brush, always use one with a pure bristle as this will not tear or damage the hair.

step 3

To blow-dry under, start at the nape/back and place your brush under the section of hair close to the nape. With the dryer held up over the hair, pull the brush from the roots and continue to the mid length's, keeping the blow-dryer following over the top. Once you reach the ends, curve them under. Repeat this step until the section is completely dry.

step 4

To blow-dry the sides, take out a small section of hair from the front and clip the rest of the hair away. Next, place the brush under the section and then pull the brush and hair forward around your face (this curving motion creates body). Place the hair-dryer on top of the brush until you reach the ends and then turn the ends under. Repeat until dry.

step 5

A medium curling iron is used to create medium sized curls.

step 6

Take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your mid-lengths. Hold the hair for 5 to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards.

step 7

Apply a small amount of wax to your fingertips and then lightly piece and pinch the ends of your hair.

step 8

Take your section of hair and pull it tightly across to the opposite side and pin it securely into place.

step 9

Apply a very small amount of smoothing shine to the palms of your hands and then run it through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.

step 10

To finish, apply a minimal amount of hairspray from an arms length distance to the top, sides and back. Take care not to use too much or you will end up with a white, flaky residue which looks like dandruff.

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