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Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles With a Twist

Your standard half-up hairdo is fine in a pinch, but if we’re being honest (and honestly is a virtue) it leans a little blasé. However, with just a bit more effort, you can create half-up half-down hairstyles that pack way more visual pizazz.

Take your cue from hair bloggers across the Internet, who’ve recently revived the half-up do. Only instead of the typical, half pulled back hair, they’ve added a twist to the look (sometimes literally).

For example, a few weeks ago Kate Bryan of The Small Things Blog collaborated with Real Simple for some appropro holiday party hairstyles. One of her easiest creations — and prettiest, in my opinion — was her half-up twist hairstyle. Says Kate, “It’s easy, quick, and not very involved: Just twist it and go.”

twisted half-up half-down hairstyles

She created volume at the crown by teasing her hair — a great trick for those with either short or thinner hair who want more impact. Check out her step by step video tutorial below.

YouTube user ForeverYours0727 created a similar half-up look inspired by The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard. Instead of twisting the two sections back, she created low, loose braids and connected them at the crown. For a less severe look, she allowed for some face framing fringe.

For another take on the twisted half-up hair, create a fishtail braid from the two twisted sections and secure with a clear elastic. The messy fishtail braid pictured here from Refinery29 has a more warm-weather vibe to it, making it perfect for any tropical travelers gearing up for their winter vacays.

half up half down hairstyle with fishtail braid

One last idea that I’m really digging is the celtic knot half-up half down hairstyle. Mimi from LuxyHair breaks it down into easy-to-understand steps. She even demonstrates with string before moving on to hair, which I found extremely helpful.

knotted half up half down hairstyles

For even more half up hair inspiration, check out our Half Up Half Down Looks pinboard on Pinterest.