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Happening Hair: The Modern Half Up, Half Down

Here is a happening do that is a modern take on the old half up, half down style. This look is great for those of you with long layers or one solid length - so basically anyone, but you have to have some substantial length to pull this off. This is also a quick style for women on the go. It keeps your hair out of your eyes, but won't take it completely off of your face. Ultimately, this is a super sexy hair style, hence it being modeled here on some of the world's sexiest women. You can wear this hair on the third day of a blowout too, just as the crown is getting greasy. This look is also a great way to add volume to a round shaped face.


To create this look for yourself at home,

  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner with volumizing agents in it. I happen to really love Alterna's Life Volumizing Shampoo,, $17.10, as well as their Life Volumizing Conditioner, $18.30.
  • Blow dry hair and set with rollers for additional volume. If you want stick straight hair like Heidi Klum's hair shown above, then before blow drying add a drop of Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm to add shine, protect hair from heat and control frizz. Wait 20 minutes in the rollers for hair to set.
  • Gently take out the rollers and begin to lightly backcomb the crown of your hair. Then, smooth it over with a soft brush, I like the Mason Pearson all boar bristle brush. Keep in mind, don't tease your hair too much. You don't want to have extreme lift at the crown, just a little is perfect.
  • Next, secure just the middle section of the crown with a skinny barrette or two bobby pins. Overlap the pins so they create an "X". Smooth the rest of your hair.
  • Lastly, spray your entire head with a fine mist of hairspray to keep all of your hard work in place! A new hairspray that I've just discovered is called Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray by Tigi, $15.75. Try it and let me know what you think!
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Nadoz Nadoz 9 years
I've been dying to know to create that hairstyle! My problem is that how do I manage to take the correct amount of front hair?!?! HELP!
christinafry christinafry 10 years
There's nothing newly in about this look at all... people have been doing their hair just like this (in the "modernized" version and all) for ever now... but I do love it... :)
midnightowl midnightowl 10 years
Oh this isn't new. I quit wearing my hair like this about a year ago because I thought I needed a new look :D It's very extremely easy to do and looks nice when you're done though!
Justinsbelle Justinsbelle 10 years
I like it...its wayy cute.
rossi23 rossi23 10 years
that's not something new!!Most of us have being doing this for years now!But I must confess that it makes you look cute and younger! fashionista loves Vale...
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 10 years
i love this.. i like it with a little quiff too..
ChanelLover ChanelLover 10 years
I've been doing this forever. I recently got bangs though, so not so much anymore. It's simple and easy especially for bad hair days... we know we all get those....
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I love this look for reigning in my waves, too. I tend to do it a little messier than the pictures, but it still works and looks decent in a pinch.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Another pin that works is the Goody snap ones girls! xo
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
missy- It sounds like I have a similar type of hair. I always do the bobby pin criss-cross and it seems to work well. Sometimes I use more than 2 pins. and I always dig down a little further than just the hair I have pulled back... hope that makes sense :)
missyukp missyukp 10 years
I love this look, but I have yet to found a barrette that will hold it back and lay flat without showing too much. Any suggestions? My hair is long, straight, with medium fullness. The bobby pin criss-cross thing never feels secure enough...
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I love wearing my hair like this. This is how I hid my horrible short bangs back when I cut them. LOL!
cbaroody cbaroody 10 years
I tried this the other day, but it made my forehead look humongous ... and since I'm all middle-aged and crap, you could see the ever expanding wrinkles on said massive forehead! Looks cute on my 15-year old daughter though!!!
BKNYGal BKNYGal 10 years
I do this style when I'm trying to grow out my bangs or they are just not manageable. It's cute.
pussycat007 pussycat007 10 years
I'm digging this hairstyle! when I do my hair like this I always get the compliment that I look like a dutch model so you understand I wear my hear often like this whaha For curlygirl: The only thing you have to do is pull your ponytail straight to the back of your head and put a clip in it & some hairspray :D
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I do this all the time. It's so easy and pretty!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
All of the women in these pictures have amazing (read: exquisite) bone structure. I've rarely seen any of them with a bad hairdo...well there was that one time at fashion week when Carmen had that really bad updo, but I digress... There are only a handful of people who have the right look to pull this style off, IMO. I am definitely not one of them. It totally accentuates my nose (which is my least fav. feature) and the fact that I have bags under my eyes for days....
angelthelson angelthelson 10 years
i've been doing this look for a long time!! i love this hairstyle!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I love the half-and-half look...I think it makes my face look long sometimes, but I guess it depends on how I distribute it. But I love it on any head of hair!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i'm not sure if i like this as much...
carbizkate carbizkate 10 years
It's nice too because there are lots of different ways to do this. And I always get compliments when I do my hair this way!
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I like these styles.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
this is my i didnt have time to wash my hair look..or my im going dancing and dont want my long bangs in my face all night!
carbizkate carbizkate 10 years
I think this is a great style for anyone! It's one of my favorites...ridiculously easy, but still girly and cute. Perfect!
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