How to Do a Half Up / Half Down Wedding Hairstyle

Learn how to do a half up and half down hairstyle from stylist Joy La Rosa in this Howcast wedding hair tutorial.


Today, we're going to be doing a half-up, half-down hairstyle. So I've set the hair. It's very prim and proper right now. I'm going to go through, and I'm going to tussle it with my fingers and mess it up. I'm going to go through section by section and just run my hands through her hair. You don't have to worry that the curls are going to fall by doing this, because we've made sure and pre-set them.

Now we've set her hair using Velcro rollers on the top, so you'll notice she has a little bit of natural volume happening because of that. And the curls are really smooth, kind of, almost to this ear length, which is important. I'm actually going to set in a little bit of teasing with her hair, just to get a little bit more volume here. So I just want to start with fine little sections. Pre-brush this section and just light little strokes, moving the hair along.

One thing I would be careful with with a lot of the half-up, half-down sets is getting it too big or too rounded. Now, I already know with her, we want to leave the fringe out. So what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take those and separate them now. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take each thumb starting at the temple, moving all the way back, and that begins our section. I'm going to that one side and then the other, and I'm actually going to cross the sections in the back.

So you just want to make sure that everything is nice and smooth as you're going along, I'd give it almost a little half twist here on the side. And then, you're just going to pin this in place.

So now we're going to take our second section of hair, which is the one right under that, and I'm actually going to leave the hair that's closest to the face out. So I'm taking in almost an inch section above the ear. And I'm going to take it, and I'm going to cross it, giving it a couple twists as I go along toward the back. So I've twisted the hair almost to the other side. Take your bobby pin, stick it in the hair. Now, we're going to do the same thing to the other side.

I'm actually going to go right underneath the section that I just created. I'm going to take the bobby pin, closed, with a lip back and forth to get it in there. And you see, no matter where we end the curl, you can't really tell because the curls just flow down.

So now, we'll take the section right below that section, and this is where you can get really creative. You can decide where you want your twist to go. So smooth in the hair and lightly twist it back. So you take your pin, grab a piece of hair on the twist, wiggle it back and forth to set it into place.

So now that we've secured the back, we want to take another look at the front and see what pieces from the front we want to pull back. I'm going to twist this hair also lightly, and I already have a bobby pin, so I'm just going to stick my bobby pin in, because it's a tiny little piece of hair. And I'm going to drag it along the back.

I'm taking this opportunity because it's such a small piece of hair to kind of cover some of my pins that might be exposed. So I'm actually going to pin it in right there, right behind that other pin. And I actually felt it lock into place with another pin, so I don't need to criss-cross.

I'm actually going to do a little trick that I like to do to hold these in place. I'm going to use my rat-tail comb again, and I'm actually going to back-comb the center section of it, but I'm going to move the hair as I do that. So what I'm doing is I'm teasing it into place. If you wanted a really smooth look, you would pull everything back, but you'd still get the impression of a fringe. That's what we'll do today.

So I'll take a bobby pin and slide that pin into place. At this point now, I would kind of hairspray the bangs. Still using removable hold hairspray, would actually slip my finger underneath it. Just a little spray. And so, this is your half-up, half-down style.

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