When you're having a bit of a bad hair day, half-up, half-down hairstyles are great. They can disguise greasy roots and frizzy layers instantly, all whilst still looking totally polished and styled. Plus, they're usually pretty simple to do. Once you've decided how much hair you want to wear up and how much you want to wear loose, the main decision to make is how much effort you want to put in to finish the look. From bows and knots to hair clips and scarves, we've rounded up 11 half-up, half-down hair ideas for you to call upon on those days where you really don't know what to do with your hair. Keep scrolling for our favorites.
Yara Shahidi's mini space buns are a great way to make a half-up, half-down hairstyle feel a little funky.
This hairstyle takes about 30 seconds to do but looks as if you've really made an effort to style your hair. Twist back the front one-inch sections and secure with a hair clip. Easy.
Lucy Hale proves even short-haired girls can pull off a ribbon-tied half-up 'do.
If you've got a fringe, leave it out and backcomb the crown of your hair for added volume.
Want to try something trickier? @domseeley's fishtail creation looks seriously impressive but is still reasonably simple to do. Secure each braid with a hair elastic before finally knotting them together.
A horizontal crown braid is a great way to keep hair off your face while letting the rest flow free.
Face-framing front pieces are all the 90s-callback rage, and lend a lot of character to this half-up ponytail.
The OG hun bun secured with a Jen Atkin x Chloe + Isabel Bun Cuff ($59). It's the perfect third-day hair.
Switch up your half-up hun by securing a silk scarf around your bun. Simple, but effective.
This slick half-up 'do uses twists and knots to give the look an über-glamorous feel. Secure with bobby pins and a high-shine hair spray.
Thought curly girls couldn't do half-up, half-down dos? Think again.
This twisted halo is a look we're 100% taking to our hairdresser (and then never taking out).