Of the myriad of wedding-day hairstyle ideas floating around on Instagram, the half-up 'do is the perfect place to start double-tapping. Romantic, modern, and impossibly chic, it's one of those hairstyles that simply doesn't go out of style (case in point: we're still obsessing over Kate Middleton's lovely half-up bridal look).
"The number-one tip I tell brides when it comes to their wedding day 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 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, it's perfect for fall, when the humidity in the air is low so you don't risk your style falling flat, and great in warmer weather, since it's less heavy than having all of your hair down.
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While there are so many different modern ways to interpret the half updo to make it fit your personality and aesthetic, there's still a timeless appeal to it. "You'll never look back at your wedding day pictures in 25 years and regret having your hair half up," says Matt Fugate, celebrity hairstylist for Kérastase.
And since we'd never leave you with just one look, scroll through for more half-up hairstyles for every type of bride.
"This Grecian-inspired hairstyle is all about shine factor and bouncy volume in all the right places," says Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist for Garnier. "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."
"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."
"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 certainly not for the stuffy bride. This style is mostly about achieving the length, which can be done with regular trims and fortifying your strands with an oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime Metamorph'oil before your shampoo to nourish and protect your ends. This is always a great example how a simple, sleek hair clip can elevate your look."
"The dress often picks the hair, and I love how this simple, yet sweet, braided style works together with the romantic, sparkly beaded dress," says Cairns. "Braids work best on second-day hair, and to make sure it has enough hold, spray a texturizing product like R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo. Create a Dutch braid, curving it above your ear and pinning it underneath the rest of your hair with bobby pins. A few pieces of baby's breath from your bouquet feels playful, but not overdone. What I love about it the most? If you have relatively straight hair, the style can be created in 15 minutes flat."
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