The year of the sock bun happened in 2012/2013. Braids were inescapable in 2014. In 2015, the super trendy lob ruled all. I predict that 2016 will be the year of half-up/half-down hairstyles, and I really hope that I’m right. In case you haven’t noticed, the half-up top knot has been everywhere for the last few months – beauty blogger sites, Instagram pictures, even celebrity red carpets. It’s one of my personal favorites – it’s easy, great for when your hair is dirty, and makes you look instantly chic and on-trend.
But a mini top knot isn’t the only thing you can do with half-up/half-down hair, and I would know. I consider myself something of an expert on this topic – growing up, wearing my hair “half-up/half-down,” as I called it, was my absolute favorite style. In fact, just the other day, my brother said that phrase was ingrained in his brain because my mom and I would say it so much when we were younger. So, yeah, I am kind of obsessed with this trend.
There are so many reasons you should embrace the half-up trend. For one thing, it is perfect for the days when your hair is too messy/dirty to wear down, but you don’t really need to hide all of it. Depending on which style you try, this can be dressed up or done more casually. The best thing is that you can even slip in a good half-up top knot, and wake up to it looking more amazing. I swear. Ready to try something new? Here are 22 half-up hairstyle tutorials you have to see:
1. Let’s start with the most popular half-up style of them all: the half up top knot. Here’s how to do it perfectly:
2. After the half top knot obviously comes the half-up high ponytail. This was clearly inspired by Ariana Grande, but trust me: you don’t need to be a pop diva to wear this.
3. Not into the idea of your bun being directly on top of your head? Try this lower option that has a similar look to it:
4. You can also do a lower half pony. Tie a piece of hair around the elastic to make it even better.
5. Quickly upgrade your half-up style to be more dressed up with this easy tutorial.
6. This giant half-up pull through braid is so dreamy. If you have lots of hair and don’t know what to do with it, try this.
7. Pull hair back into a half-pony, then wrap the elastic with a braid. It gives off a much more unique vibe.
8. If you want to do something totally different, try this ’90s grunge inspired tutorial for two mini ponytails.
9. Make a half pony extra special by curling hair, braiding half of it, and then putting it in a mini bun so it resembles a flower. This is such fluff, but it is so pretty.
10. Want to make your half pony even more dramatic? Curl your hair first, then pull tight for lots of volume in the back.
11. If you have thin, fine hair, you might feel like you don’t have enough to successfully pull off a half bun. Add a few extensions to make it bigger.
12. This is another basic, easy tutorial on doing the standard half top knot.
13. And just in case you think you don’t have the hair for it, you probably do. Here is a half top knot for every length:
14. Instead of a bun, try more of a knot, which is much more casual and “effortless.”
15. Do a half French braid for a super girly look – and add a bow if you’re feeling it.
16. I mean, come on. This is lace rose half up style is just awesome.
17. If you want to be subtle, stay with something like this easy twist crown.
18. A half-up braid twisted into a bun makes the style just a little bit updated with barely any extra work.
19. This easy twist-up style is perfect for when you’re in a rush.
20. Do something totally different with this cool half-up faux hawk.
21. You can also try this dreamy half-up fishtail.
22. Girls with shorter hair – you can do this too! Check it out:
Which of these half-up hairstyles is your favorite? What did I forget to include? Let me know in the comments!