Of the myriad wedding hairstyle ideas floating around on your Instagram feed, half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles are the ones to save. Romantic, modern, and impossibly pretty, it's one of those beauty looks that will never go out of style.
"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 salon. "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."
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.
Meet the Expert
- Lorean Cairns is the cofounder and CEO of Fox & 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.
Scroll for 41 half-up, half-down wedding hairstyles for every type of bride.
Braids and curls and gilded hairpieces, oh my! "This Grecian-inspired hairstyle is all about shine factor and bouncy volume in all the right places," explains celebrity hairstylist Tommy Buckett.
This bride's elaborate headpiece is the crowning touch to her romantic, bohemian style. She even added thin braids both to secure her hair back and dispersed throughout the bottom half of the hair.
"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 add an approachability to it that is certainly not for the stuffy bride. This is always a great example of how a simple, sleek hair clip can elevate your look."
This bride pulled just a few thin strands of hair back, largely leaving the rest to fall around her shoulders, for a minimalist twist on the classic style.
Best of Both Worlds
Can't fully commit to a half-up, half-down hairstyle? This bride proves that meeting halfway can be just as stunning. She tucked her front pieces underneath, instead of pulling them back, to achieve a similar effect.
An Unexpected Twist
Instead of directly pinning her tresses back, this beauty finished off the style with a flourish: Each end gently twists, before sweeping downward into the rest of the hair.
This bride brightened up her inky-hued, glossy locks with two pure white rosebuds.
Focus on the Face
Model Brooks Nader pulled her hair upward before raking it back to draw the eyes up onto the face.
Feeling glamorous? Top off your half-up, half-down wedding hairstyle with a hairpiece. You can add a barrette to the gathering point in the tried-and-true fashion or opt for something that mimics the flow of the style, like this bride's jeweled chain and traditional maang tikka.
An Autumnal Dream
This beauty filled out her half-up style with roses in dusty tones that matched her dreamy autumnal nuptials in Napa. The look is sheer magic.
We repeat: Leave a few rogue tendrils out to freely fall around your face and create a romantic frame surrounding your features. This bride's results are positively angelic.
This bride finished off her half-up 'do by swirling the ends into a bun rather than letting them hang down in a ponytail fashion.
This autumnal bride braided half of her mane back into a woven chignon and let the rest just flow about her features.