There are a few reasons why half-up hairstyles are so popular amongst brides: First, the go-to wedding-day 'do manages to keep your hair off of your face, but it's still super romantic. Second, it's perfect for fastening veils, sparkly pins, and even headbands. Plus, half-pinned locks can be tailored for any type of tresses. Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogrena's hairstylist Sam Leonardi agrees. "This look can really work for anyone, and especially good if your wedding location is in a warm climate," he says. "If your hair is fine, you can even consider layering in extensions for thickness, as thick hair tends to hold the style better."
If you're sold on a half-up look for your own big day, follow Leonardi's tips on how to execute it. "The key is to work with clean hair," Leonardi says. "Use a non-aerosol, humidity-proof hairspray to ensure the style lasts." As for what tools to use, stick to bobby pins and alternate between iron sizes for each section. "Bobby pins are preferred over elastics to keep the hold without damaging the hair," Leonardi advises. "Alternate between a large iron for the top section and a small iron for the lower section. Using a smaller iron on the bottom half will help the style hold a bit more, since it is not pinned up."
Now that you've learned how to get an optimal half-up hairstyle, here is some wedding day inspiration — from five real brides! — for your big day.
Above, the bride twisted the pulled-back sections of her hair, which created a crazy-romantic vibe — especially when paired with her long, flowing waves.
Photo: [Angelica Glass](http://angelicaglass.com/)
Want something a bit more relaxed? Mix straight sections with braids like this destination bride did for an understated and bohemian finish.
Photo: [Style Art Life](http://www.styleartlife.com/)
If you have a lot going on with your gown — be it voluminous ruffles or a ton of beading — try something polished and pinned back with only the slightest curl at the ends.
Photo: [Warm Pears](http://warmpears.com/)
If you're pinning back a sweeping section of hair, try leaving loose and wavy tendrils in the front to balance it out.
Photo: [Photogen Inc.](http://photogen-inc.com/)
Go for full-on glam with curls on the top and the bottom of your 'do like this bride's look. It adds height, texture, and thickness!