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Semi Updos: The Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyle

Semi updos – or half-up hairstyles – combine partly pinned up hair with loose, flowing hair. They are the ideal hairstyle to express both your classy and playful sides. This hairstyle offers the best of both worlds – elegance and alluring femininity. See how you can show all sides of you with variations of the semi updo. We are going to show you how to style a few of the countless variations.

Partial updos combine the advantages of updos and loose hair. Best of all, it is so easy to find or create a semi updo which brings out all your most appealing features. Far from looking like styling without definitive direction, semi updos allow for more creativity than most other hairstyles.

Five reasons for giving half-up, half-down hairstyles a try:

1. Styling semi updos is simple and easy. Within minutes, you can completely change your look.

2. Half-up hairstyles make it possible to wear your hair loose without having to brush your hair out of your face over and over again.

3. You may like to pull up part of your hair into an updo to show off your earrings.

4. Semi updos make your face appear longer and therefore slimmer. You may like to consider these two tips if your face is oblong: firstly, don’t tease the hair on the crown of your head. Secondly, cover your forehead with thick side-swept bangs.

5. There is little chance of getting tired of wearing your hair half-up, half-down, simply because there are so many different styling variations.

Variations of the Half-up, Half-Down Hairstyle

Once you start playing with different styles of semi updos, you will probably be hooked. There are countless variations, but styling always starts with the decision as to whether the overall impression should be sleek perfection or casual nonchalance. You may gather a wide section of hair over your forehead and secure it on the crown of your head (like Hilary Duff). An alternative is to separate a thin strand at the temple and twirl it (as shown by Gucci). You may also braid part of your pinned-up hair like Nanette Lepore’s models, or wear the pinned-up hair in a chignon. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shows this look.

There are still many more choices. You may wear the loose part of the half updo wavy or sleek with a middle or side parting. The hair can also be brushed back and pinned in place without parting.

We like semi updos with a side parting and side-swept fringes, with middle parting and several 2-inch sections as a fringe, or without bangs. By and large, short or straight bangs are not suitable for a half-up, half-down hairstyle.

There are many ways to pin up hair. Best suited are bobby pins, slides, hair grips or crossed hair pins for thin hair. If you use a scrunchy to hold your gathered hair, you may like to pull out a thin section of hair and wrap it around the scrunchy. This will hide the scrunchy and look much nicer.

Special Styling Tips for Partial Updos

Your semi updo shows more volume after teasing the hair on the crown and in the upper back section of your head. By intermittently applying hairspray to the already teased hair, you can create even more volume. Finally, use your fingers, a tail comb or a brush to shape your hair and pin it up. However, at this stage you should not comb or brush your hair.


Would you like to create a rockabilly-inspired half-up, half-down hairstyle? In his video, Armin Morbach shows you how to do it. We hope our gallery images with stars and models wearing semi updos will inspire you. Enjoy!

How to Create Rockabilly Style Semi Updos

Gallery: Six Appealing Half-up, Half-down Hairstyles

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