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From Alice in Wonderland to Balenciaga

It hit the runway last year, but now half-up, half-down hair is popping up on our favorite style stars like Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson, and Rooney Mara. The look comes slicked back, teased, and just-rolled-out-of-bed messy—we suggest giving it a shot, regardless of how you wear it.

  • From Alice in Wonderland to Balenciaga
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  • Balenciaga, S/S 2013
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    Balenciaga, S/S 2013

    Hairstylist Guido wanted the hair at Nicholas Ghesquiere’s last Balenciaga show to “feel modern and rich.” It also had to support the brand’s stunning gold halos and hair combs, so he pinned the sides back and sprayed with Redken’s Non-Aerosol Fixing Spray ($20).

  • Sienna Miller
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    Sienna Miller

    Sienna Miller pulled the top half of her wavy blonde locks into a knot atop her head while out and about in New York, proving that the child-like style needn’t be precious.

  • Alexandra Daddario
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    Alexandra Daddario

    Hairstylist Andy Lecompte gave actress Alexandra Daddario a Valley of the Dolls-esque look at the Teen Choice Awards, pulling just the very top back and leaving her length shiny and voluminous.

  • Emma Roberts
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    Emma Roberts

    The top half of Emma Roberts’ hair was braided into an intricate pattern at the back of her head for an appearance on Kelly and Michael, dressing up her loose waves.

  • Holland Roden
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    Holland Roden

    Holland Roden’s backcombed half-up situation, built by hairstylist Kerry Urban, doesn’t shy away from the backcombed, Bardot-like bump—and that’s always a good thing.

  • Amanda Seyfried
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    Amanda Seyfried

    When Amanda Seyfried showed off her dog’s favorite trick on The David Letterman Show earlier this month, she was sporting a classic half-up, half-down look courtesy of hairstylist Thomas Dunkin. Hairspray’s key to this style, try Living Proof’s new Flex Shaping Hairspray ($18).

  • Rachel Bilson
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    Rachel Bilson

    Though Rachel Bilson’s cat eye at the premier of The To Do List said ‘60s, her hair felt thoroughly summer of 2013, with the top woven into two crown-like side braids by hairstylist Davy Newkirk. The lesson here? Embrace your natural texture.

  • Rooney Mara
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    Rooney Mara

    Hairstylist Alex Pollilo gave Rooney Mara a slick center part for the premiere of her new film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, hosted by Downtown Calvin Klein in New York last week. Try Oribe’s Rock Hard Gel ($36) for that kind of shine.

  • Lake Bell
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    Lake Bell

    Lake Bell showed off a winning laid-back version of the style at Comic-Con last month, striking a balance between, “Oh this? Just pulled it back off my face!” and a red carpet-ready up-do.

  • Lily Collins
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    Once again proving the versatility of the sweet look, hair stylist Mara Roszak turned half-up hair graphic on Lily Collins at the Los Angeles premiere of Mortal Instruments. “To tame any fly aways and add extra smoothness and shine, I used Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel ($46) all over,” says Roszak. “And I didn’t use it sparingly!”

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