59 Half Up Half Down Hairstyles Great for Every Occasion

Half Up Half Down hairstyles are great for every occasion, from casual like the office, to formal like weddings and proms. One of the biggest benefits of half up hairstyles (on natural curly hair) is that they are so quick to create and in most cases don't require a visit to the salon. They are super easy to style, and look great on any face shape, hair length and texture. Get inspired by these Half up, half down hairstyles from salons around the world and see which look suits you best.

Our half up hairstyles include straight and wavy/curly.

Straight Half Up Hairstyles

A straight half up hairstyle involves half of the hair (usually the top or sides) being pulled, tied, or pinned back, with the rest of the hair left out to hang down below the shoulders. Some other variations involve teasing the top for extra height or leaving side wisps to hang down. Bangs can be swept over or across or just tied back completely. This type of hairstyle can be worn everyday or ant formal events. Styling time varies depending on how much work is done to the hair and can take as little as 10 minutes for simple pinned looks, or up to 45 minutes for more intricate styles. They are generally quick and easy to put together and don’t usually require a visit to the hairstylist.

Wavy/Curly Half Up Hairstyles

A wavy or curly half up hairstyle is generally curled, pinned, tied, teased, gelled, waxed, brushed out, and lacquered into place. These looks are great for keeping the hair out of the eyes and off the face, and they also hold their shape really well and prevent moisture sending them flat and lifeless.

So check out our hairstyles below to view yourself with 165 half up hairstyles!

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   Light Blonde
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Light Blonde
Tight curls are dressed throughout these long blonde locks to give the over-all style subtle movement and bounce. This funky style is easy to re-create at home with the right...
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    Ginger Brunette   with  Red Highlights
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Ginger Brunette with Red Highlights
Loose waves are added to the mid-lengths to ends of these copper highlighted locks then teased at the roots and pinned to the crown to achieve height and lift. The...
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   Mocha   with  Red Highlights
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Mocha with Red Highlights
Sweet and sexy is the main idea for this hairdo. The mid-lengths to ends are styled into tight waves and draped over one shoulder while the top front is swept...
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    Burgundy Brunette and  Blonde Two-Tone with Side Swept Bangs
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Burgundy Brunette and Blonde Two-Tone with Side Swept Bangs
This two-toned 'do is braided through the mid-lengths to ends leaving out strands through the sides and back to soften the over all style. The bangs are swept to the...
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   Dark Brunette
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Dark Brunette
These natural dark brunette locks are dressed waves all through the back and sides, then the top teased, rolled up and pinned to the head to create this half-up do...
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    Golden Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Golden Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
Big and Full bodied is them main idea for this hairstyle. The roots are teased to achieve maximum height and lift all over while the mid-lengths to ends are braided...
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   Light Honey Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Light Honey Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
These beautiful blonde locks are smoothed down at the roots while the mid-lengths to ends are left curly to create this big bold updo best suited to balance out a...
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   Dark Plum Red
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Dark Plum Red
These gorgeous plum burgundy tresses are styled in curls all through the back and sides. The the top half is then pulled back and pinned to the head leaving out...
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    Caramel Brunette   with  Blonde Highlights
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Caramel Brunette with Blonde Highlights
The length of these beautiful highlighted locks are left out to fall over the shoulders showing off the dainty waves added to the mid-lengths to ends, while the top half...
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    Chestnut Brunette and  Blonde Two-Tone
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Chestnut Brunette and Blonde Two-Tone
This highlighted hairdo is styled into loose waves for movement and the top half is pulled back and pinned to the head leaving out the length to fall over the...
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   Dark Brunette with Side Swept Bangs
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Dark Brunette with Side Swept Bangs
These dark brown glossy locks are dressed in soft curls through the sides and back adding bounce and movement to the mid-lengths to ends. The bangs are smoothed over to...
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    Brunette   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Brunette with Light Blonde Highlights
This big and bold 'do is all about body and volume thanks to the curls added all over. This hairstyle is easy to re-create at home with the right tools...




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    Champagne Brunette   with Green Highlights
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Champagne Brunette with Green Highlights
The length and layers of this multi-colored 'do are pulled up and tied to the top of the head to create this casual hairstyle best suited to compliment a round...
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    Ash Brunette
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Ash Brunette
This fab 'do is dressed in curls and waves through the mid-lengths to ends to achieve a soft and sexy look and feel. The top is rolled up into a...
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   Dark Caramel Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Dark Caramel Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
Fun and fancy is the main idea for this medium length hairdo. Loose waves are added to the sides and back with the top section pulled and pinned to the...
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   Light Platinum Blonde with Side Swept Bangs  and Black Highlights
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Light Platinum Blonde with Side Swept Bangs and Black Highlights
These gorgeous locks are dressed in beautifully defined waves then the top pulled back and pinned to the back of the head to create this half-updo which will be great...
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   Dark Brunette with Side Swept Bangs  and  Brunette Highlights
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Dark Brunette with Side Swept Bangs and Brunette Highlights
These gorgeous mocha locks are dressed in loose waves through the sides and back with the top section pulled back and pinned to the head to create this half-upstyle that...
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   Black    with Purple Highlights
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Black with Purple Highlights
Willow Smith certainly knows how to whip her hair back and forth, not to mention rock some seriously cool hairdos. If you like her edgy hairstyles but don't want to...
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   Light Platinum Blonde   with Dark Blonde Highlights
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Light Platinum Blonde with Dark Blonde Highlights
This stunning hairdo is dressed in soft waves through the mid-lengths to ends and the crown is teased to add height and lift making it fantastic hairstyle to balance out...
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    Champagne Blonde and  Brunette Two-Tone   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Champagne Blonde and Brunette Two-Tone with Light Blonde Highlights
The top half of this lovely two-toned hairstyle is dressed up in barrel curls and pinned to the top of the head to create this upstyle best suited to balance...
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   Dark Honey Blonde with Blunt Cut Bangs  and Light Blonde Highlights
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Dark Honey Blonde with Blunt Cut Bangs and Light Blonde Highlights
This stunning golden copper hairdo is pulled back to one side and pinned to the head allowing the opposite side to fall over the shoulder showing off the dainty waves...
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   Dark Red with Layered Bangs
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Dark Red with Layered Bangs
These dark red locks have the top half pulled back and pinned to the head leaving out the length to fall over the shoulder for a soft and simple look...
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    Red with Side Swept Bangs  and Light Red Highlights
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Red with Side Swept Bangs and Light Red Highlights
The top of these red locks are pulled back and pinned to the head allowing the length and back to sit out adding plenty of volume and body making it...
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   Dark Caramel Blonde with Blunt Cut Bangs  and Light Blonde Highlights
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Dark Caramel Blonde with Blunt Cut Bangs and Light Blonde Highlights
This stunning half upstyle is dressed in curls through the back and sides and pinned to the head to create this lovely style which is perfect to wear to any...
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   Light Caramel Brunette   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Light Caramel Brunette with Light Blonde Highlights
For those looking for a hairstyle with plenty of bounce and shape, this hairstyle is for you. The long layers cut around the sides and back encourages the boost and...
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    Ginger Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Ginger Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
This curly mane is left out on the sides and back showing off the tight and well defined coils. The top is teased and pinned to the head creating height...
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   Dark Brunette and Pink Two-Tone with Layered Bangs  and Purple Highlights
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Dark Brunette and Pink Two-Tone with Layered Bangs and Purple Highlights
The ends of this multi-colored hairstyle is sliced and/or jagged cut to achieve a piecey finish to the ends. The top is pulled back and pinned to the crown adding...
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    Blonde with Side Swept Bangs  and Light Blonde Highlights
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Blonde with Side Swept Bangs and Light Blonde Highlights
The top half of this luscious style is pulled back and pinned to the head, allowing the length to flow over the shoulders showing off the combination of high and...
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   Auburn with Layered Bangs  and  Red Highlights
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Auburn with Layered Bangs and Red Highlights
This is fancy 'do with plenty of color splashes added for contrast. The bounce and movement of the curls gives this style shape and style for a sweet and soft...
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   Dark Honey Blonde with Side Swept Bangs  and  Blonde Highlights
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Dark Honey Blonde with Side Swept Bangs and Blonde Highlights
This gorgeous half-upstyle is curled from root to tip to achieve maximum curl all over then the top smoothed back for contrast and pinned to the head. The bangs are...




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    Chestnut Brunette
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Chestnut Brunette
This fantastic half up-style looks like something out of the 1940's with its pin curls styled up and high to give the over-all hairdo height and shape. This classic style...
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   Light Ash Blonde
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Light Ash Blonde
This gorgeous upstyle has been set in rollers to achieve body and volume then pulled over to one side to form this superb look which is great for any occasion...
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    Blonde with Side Swept Bangs  and Light Blonde Highlights
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Blonde with Side Swept Bangs and Light Blonde Highlights
This magnificent 'do is styled in curls and waves then pinned to one side to form this fabulous style which is great for any day or night occasion. This hairstyle...
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   Light Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Light Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
This curly 'do has long layers cut around the back and sides to encourage the bounce of the curls added to the mid-lengths to ends. The top half is swept...
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    Golden Blonde
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Golden Blonde
The top of this hairstyle is teased at the roots and pinned to the head in a beehive style to achieve maximum height and lift which makes it best suited...
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    Caramel Brunette
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Caramel Brunette
This brilliant look is set in rollers, teased at the roots and half pinned up to the crown to add height and body to the back. The length is left...
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★★★★★
This stunning hairstyle is curled through the mid-lengths to create this beautiful shape which is great for any occasion. The long layers cut through the edges encourage the bounce which...
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   Light Brunette
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Light Brunette
These luscious locks are twirled and waved all through the back and sides which makes it easy to pin through the back leaving some hair out to admire the length....
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This voluminous hairstyle is teased at the roots to achieve maximum body and width which makes it best suited for those looking for a wicked hairdo to suit a long...
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   Black Mocha
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Black Mocha
This classic hairstyle sits perfectly to compliment any round face shape is is perfect for those looking for a formal hairstyle to turn heads. This is great for those with...
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    Honey Blonde
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Honey Blonde
This slick and smooth 'do is teased at the roots for maximum height and control while the back is left out to fall on the shoulders for a stunning finish....
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    Honey Blonde with Side Swept Bangs
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Honey Blonde with Side Swept Bangs
This divine look has plenty of height and movement thanks to medium to long layers cut around the sides and back. The roots have been teased to create maximum height...
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    Brunette
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Brunette
Subtle layers are cut around the edges of this look to balance out the body and fullness and lighten the ends. This half up-style is great for those with naturally...
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    Chocolate Brunette
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Chocolate Brunette
This glamorous hairdo has height through the top and softness through the ends to create contrast and elegance. This stunning hairstyle will be great for those with round face shapes....
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   Golden
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Golden
Soft waves added to the mid-lengths to ends of this hairstyle creates movement to the body of the style while the crown is teased to create height which makes it...
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   Light Golden Brunette   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Light Golden Brunette with Light Blonde Highlights
This is a gorgeous hairstyle which is perfect for any special occasion. The hair is dressed into beautifully defined curls and pinned up through the top half to create height...
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A neat, tidy, and very tailored looking half Up Style that does well to keep hair out of the eyes and face. Not too much height means that this is...
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    Golden Brunette
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Golden Brunette
A high and full look where hair extensions have been used in a different color. This look will certainly grab lots of attention.




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    Golden Blonde
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Golden Blonde
A simple pulled to one side half up hairstyle that is sleek and keeps the hair out of the eyes and face. The top area is teased for some extra...
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    Golden Brunette
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Golden Brunette
A tailored looking long curly style where the hair has been swept to one side and tied into a Top Knot. The straight across bangs and width created in the...
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A great looking Up Style for long hair types. The hair has been curled with hot rollers and then pinned up high on the crown area. This creates height suiting...
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   Dark Mocha Brunette
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Dark Mocha Brunette
The gorgeous asymmetrical shape of this hairstyle makes it a winner. The groovy waves add spice, and the sexy side-swept bangs frame the top of the face. The look is...
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    Brunette   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Brunette with Light Blonde Highlights
This is a fun style with "sexy" and "sassy" written all over it. The back is blow-waved to flick out at the ends, and the crown is pinned up to...
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    Mahogany Red
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Mahogany Red
This hairdo definitely has flair and attitude thanks to the body and bounce created by plenty of layers cut through the back and sides. The crown area is teased and...
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   Dark Copper Blonde
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Dark Copper Blonde
This is a gorgeous hairdo that is easy to re-create on long and luscious locks. To achieve a stunning asymmetrical shape the mid-lengths are styled in defined curls and pinned...
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   Golden
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Golden
This is an elegant look with long layers cut through the edges to enhance its waves. The crown has been backcombed to create height and body, and the bangs were...
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    Golden Blonde   with Light Blonde Highlights
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Golden Blonde with Light Blonde Highlights
This is an elegant style which suits any occasion. The Back: has been layered with medium to long layers to add body and movement. The Sides: layers have been started...
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   Dark Blonde
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Dark Blonde
This is a soft tousled look which is easy to re-create on naturally wavy hair. The Back: has been cut to one length with only subtle layers around the edges....
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   Dark Copper Blonde
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Dark Copper Blonde
This is an elegant look for people with naturally curly hair who are looking for a more sophisticated style but have little time to do it. To achieve this 'do,...

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