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Hair Style · May 8, 2015

3 Ways to Wear Half-Up, Half-Down Hair Without Looking 12 Years Old

The Cool-Girl Top Knot

Weve seen this half-up-meets-messy-bun hybrid everywhere lately. Since getting your top knot in the right shape is key to this look, make like Vlogger Sazan Barzani and spritz a texturizing spray like Oribes throughout, then twist the top section of your hair into a bun and secure with an elastic. Next, use bobby pins to sculpt your bun. Finish by teasing the sides of your loose hair with a teasing comb to create just the right amount of messiness.

The Teeny, Tiny Pony

For a flirtier look, go for a quarter-up, which will make it easier to get a high pony and create more volume on both top and bottom. To get the look, follow vlogger Andreas lead and tease your hair at the crown (Spornettes Little Wonder will do the trick) then secure a small, top section with a clear elastic. Instead of slicking the updo portion back and down against your scalp, leave it loose to maintain volume.

The Formal-Friendly Half Twist

The red carpet is proof that half-up, half-down styles are perfect for special occasions. Vlogger Mimi of Luxury Hair shows how a few simple twists can look surprisingly intricate. Start with curled hair, then grab small sections from the top of your hair on each side (as you would for a French braid), twisting each at the back of your head to create the half up section. Work your way down and secure your twists with a hair elastic and youre ready for your step and repeat!

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Erica Smith