Of the myriad of wedding hairstyle ideas floating around on your Instagram feed, half up half down wedding hairstyles are the perfect place to start double-tapping. Romantic, modern, and impossibly pretty, it's one of those hairstyles that simply will never go out of style. (Case in point: Despite the craze over Meghan Markle's messy bun, we're still obsessing over Kate Middleton's lovely half up bridal look here at Brides!)
"The number-one tip I tell brides when it comes to their wedding hair is that you want to feel like the best version of yourself," says Lorean Cairns, founder of Fox & Jane Salons. "Most of us wear our hair down on a daily basis, so a lot of times a full, fancy updo can take you out of your comfort zone. Half up half down wedding hairstyles are that great compromise of wanting your hair lush and flowy around your face and shoulders, yet still having key pieces out of the way so you're not fussing with it throughout the day." Plus, half up half down wedding hairstyles are perfect for all seasons, whether you're getting married in the winter or in warmer weather when the last thing you want is sweaty strands sticking to your face while you're at the altar.
Meet the Expert
- Lorean Cairns is the co-founder and CEO of Fox and Jane Salon Group, Skin Habit, and Little Lion Salon. She is the author of "Culture Fox" and speaks across the country at industry events.
- Matt Fugate is a seasoned celebrity hairstylist in New York City who has worked for countless stars and top designers. He writes editorials for style magazines, like Allure, where he and his hairstyles are regularly featured.
While there are so many different ways to interpret the half updo to make it fit your personality and wedding aesthetic, there's still a timeless appeal to it. "You'll never look back at your wedding photos in 25 years and regret having your hair half up," says celebrity hairstylist Matt Fugate.
And since we'd never leave you with just one look, scroll below for 27 half up half down wedding hairstyles for every type of bride.
This effortless style would look right at home at a beach wedding.
This bride's elaborate headpiece is the crowning touch to her romantic, bohemian style.
"This is for the girl who's been growing out her hair forever for their big day and wants to show it off," says Fugate. "The flowy pieces framing her face adds an approachability to it that is certainly not for the stuffy bride... This is always a great example how a simple, sleek hair clip can elevate your look."
If our hair looked this good, we'd smile as big as this bride, too!
This half up half down wedding hairstyle is blooming with beautiful florals.
Want to create this half up half down wedding hairstyle yourself? "This Grecian-inspired hairstyle is all about shine factor and bouncy volume in all the right places," explains celebrity hairstylist Tommy Buckett. "After using a large curling iron to set your hair, create two tight fishtail braids on either side of your hair, criss-cross them in the back, and pin them in place. The juxtaposition of the super taut fishtail braid and loose, soft curls gives it tons of mobility—if a few flyaways fall out, it's not going to ruin the look. Then, there's the gorgeous hair comb, which takes it to the next level. Use a shine serum like Garnier Sleek & Shine Moroccan Oil Treatment on the ends to really bring out the dimension of the curls."
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Switch up your part from side to center to instantly modernize your look.
Instead of simply pinning back her tresses, this bride had her hair loosely woven into this romantic 'do.
Feeling regal? Top off your half up half down wedding hairstyle with a tiara.
The quintessential half up half down wedding hairstyle: Long, cascading locks and just a few pieces pulled back from the face.
All it took was three white blooms to make this style perfect for a spring wedding!
Sweeping side bangs add even more dimension to this bride's half up half down wedding hairstyle.
To recreate this boho look, "You want to start this style with a really great blowout and the help of a frizz-fighting, heat protecting balm like Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express Leave-In Balm," says Buckett. "Take two sections on each side of your hair, twisting and pinning into place. I love the way you can throw a couple of greens from your bouquet to dress it up a little. It feels very organic and not as matchy-matchy as flowers can sometimes look when they're used as a hair accessory."
Bride Francie Harris's half up hairstyle shows off her gorgeous highlights.
Twist some tresses away from the face to create this cool-girl style.
We love the '50s vibe of this retro bouffant.
Loose, face-framing tresses add some softness to this romantic look.
How pretty! This horizontal braid is dotted with baby's breath.
Modern and voluminous, this style reaches new heights.
This pulled-back style lets the bride's beautiful face take center stage.
With sprigs of greenery and dainty white buds, this half up half down wedding hairstyle is ready for spring!
Another easy 'do you can totally tackle yourself? "This half-up style has that Brigitte Bardot-like appeal," says Buckett. "All of her long bangs and front layers are pulled out of the 'do to make it sultry and charming. All it takes is some texture at the roots—I love Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray—and backcombing to get the height. The best part? Anyone can get this texture. If you have tight curls, blow them out into looser waves. If you have fine hair, set them in hot rollers for extra body."
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We love the loose strands of Supergirl actress Krys Marshall’s relaxed hairstyle.
Proof up that a half up half down 'do is the perfect hairstyle for a veil.
Full, formal curls and a sparkly hairpiece complete this pretty hairstyle.
"There's a simplicity to this half-up hairstyle that's really refreshing. By skipping curls or a fancy braid, she let's the cool detail of the back of her dress, her sparkly barrette, the veil, and the big bouquet do the talking," says Buckett. "She still makes it interesting with a deep side part and a hint of soft, loose wave right at the ends."
This bride's draping hairpiece makes her look like a bonafide goddess.