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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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
I like it...its wayy cute.
rossi23 rossi23 9 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 9 years
i love this.. i like it with a little quiff too..
ChanelLover ChanelLover 9 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 9 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 9 years
Another pin that works is the Goody snap ones girls! xo
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
I do this all the time. It's so easy and pretty!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 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 9 years
i've been doing this look for a long time!! i love this hairstyle!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 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 9 years
i'm not sure if i like this as much...
carbizkate carbizkate 9 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 9 years
I like these styles.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 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 9 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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