Feminine, versatile and romantic, half-up half-down hair is a truly iconic bridal look. Perhaps it is so popular because for many of us a go-to going out hairstyle is hair down, possibly curls. Consequently, half-up half-down is just an upgraded version of this look – more special yet still relaxed and not ‘too done’. This is a wedding hairstyle that will make you feel confident on the day and will look great on the photographs after many years.
There’s an only downside I need to mention – weather issues. Your stylist will use all the necessary styling products to make your locks as long lasting as possible, but you need to be extra careful with the curls because wind, rain and even high level of humidity can cause frizz and make hair flat. This is the reason why you must have an umbrella in your car (just in case!) Also, if the weather isn’t great on the day (although I hold my fingers crossed for you), I recommend brides staying indoors for as long as possible until the ceremony.
If you are the one whose eye is always caught by bridal half-up half-down styles while browsing through numerous wedding hair images on Pinterest and Instagram, scroll down for a selection of looks to inspire you.
1. Airy, Textured Bridal Half-Up Half-Down Hair with Beach Waves
Modern bridal hairstyles are all about texture, movement and au naturel feel. This half up style with a mock braid at the back will look great with a veil and sparkly accessories. I used some sea salt spray for a soft beach-like effect.
2. Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyle with Dutch Braids
Dutch braid is an indispensable element of free-spirited hair. Girly and relaxed, it flatters every face shape, making hair look fuller and adding dimension. Braided half up do will complement bohemian, rustic, or festival-inspired looks. Besides, it’s a no-brainer for bridesmaids’ hair.
3. Elegant Bridal Half Updo with Volume at the Crown and Soft Waves
Classy and understated, this hairstyle will prove ideal paired with an elegant, refined wedding dress. Just the right amount of volume will complement your features without stealing attention from the dress.
4. Half-up Half-Down Style for Short Hair
Although there are some techniques which allow putting up even uber short hair, half up hairstyles look utterly cute and feminine on the shoulder length. I normally make just soft waves to make sure hair doesn’t look much shorter than it is.
5. Wedding Twisted Half Up with Curls
Chunky rope braid, also called a two-strand braid or a twist, is a beautiful alternative for braids. Utterly romantic and flowy, this hairstyle detail will complement any bridal look, paired with all sorts of accessories and any style of veils.
6. Waterfall Braid Bridal Hair
Who doesn’t love a fairy vibe of waterfall braids! Plenty of face-framing locks will make the style gentle and flowy. This effortless and undone wedding hairstyle goes well with bohemian theme.
7. Smooth Half Up with Bouncy Curls
If you’d prefer to keep it simple, opt for soft, bouncy curls, mimicking a blow out, and some strands pinned at the back. As opposed to an intricate classic wedding hairstyle, this half up half-down do’ will look relaxed and effortless, virtually like if you’ve done it yourself (although you might never be able to do it this way)
Although, I am sure, you had plenty of time to grow your hair for the big day during the last year (more than we all might have expected), however if you are still not entirely happy with the current length of your locks, clip-in hair extensions are an easy and effortless way to add some volume to your wedding hair. Clip-in hair will also make your curls last longer, which is an added bonus. Luxy hair (affiliated link) is one of my favourite brands of hair extensions. I am sure, you won’t know I’ve used them in the look number 1. Please feel free to use my discount code LX-OLGA if you need to order a set for yourself.