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.
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 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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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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!”