Anyone with short or medium length hair knows that updos can be a big struggle, if not totally impossible. But leaving your hair down all the time? That gets boring fast. I recently chopped a few inches off of my longish hair for a lob with choppy ends. I love the new style so much, and am actually considering going a little bit shorter, but at the same time, I miss some aspects of my old cut. Long hair comes with so many options – you can do braids, big buns, long ponytails, and cool updos. But shorter hair? You’re lucky if you can get it into a stubby ponytail using less than three bobby pins. That’s why, if you’re looking for variety, your best bet is trying a half-up hairstyle.
In case you haven’t noticed, half-up hairstyles are huge right now. Whether it’s a half-up bun, a half-up ponytail, half-up space buns, or something more simple, the partly pulled back look is all over the place and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. After years of the same trendy long beach waves or super straight locks, I’m beyond into the half-up styles. Unfortunately, although I used to be able to do the half bun with no problem, it’s not as easy with shorter hair. Everything falls! I don’t want to be left out of the loop, so I looked up some cool ways to do half-up styles that work for short and/or medium length hair. Of course, these can also be done with longer hair, and not everything will work for everyone, but hey – it’s better than nothing! Check out these half-up hairstyle tutorials now:
1. You can still achieve the half bun with shorter locks! Use this twisting trick to make the most of your strands.
2. If you don’t want to have a tiny knot on top of your head, try this half-up messy top knot:
3. If your hair is so short that you can’t pull back literally half of, do this half twist back.
4. This boho half twisted look is so pretty and could be dressed up or made more casual.
5. Try doing half double buns, like these. Pull at the buns to make them look bigger.
6. Use a few strands to make a really pretty twisted look.
7. Try a half-up ponytail. Curl your hair to make it look more full if you’re worried about the short length.
8. For shorter hair, try braiding a few pieces back into a smaller half ponytail.
9. Do something more casual and messy with a half bun, like this simple look:
10. Try pulling short hair back into a French braid into a messy top knot.
11. It even works on shorter hair, like this look:
12. Do a half fishtail braid to make your bob look more sassy.
13. Tease your hair when pulling half of it back for more volume.
14. Get fancy with a style that looks complicated but is actually really simple:
15. Pull a lob into a messy top knot, leaving the front section parted down the middle instead of pulled back.
16. Do a regular braid with half of your hair for an easy boho vibe.
17. Try this half pulled back braided crown.
18. Do this cool twisted and braided half up look for something unique.
Which one of these half-up hairstyles are you going to try? What did we forget to include? Let me know in the comments.