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31 Half Up, Half Down Hairstyles for Bridesmaids

By Shelley Christy

It is wedding season and we know what that means – weddings galore!  There are so many things that the bride must arrange and organised for her special day.  One of those things will be the bridesmaids’ hair.  Maybe she will choose the hairstyle for her bridesmaids or the bridesmaid will choose for herself.  Bearing in mind that the bride must choose her hairstyle first, and then the bridesmaids’ hair should complement the brides’ hairstyle.

There are so many hairstyles for bridesmaids. First things first, you have to decide if you want your hair up, down, or half up and half down.  Once you have decided this, then you and the bride can start to research different hairstyles.  Once you have chosen a few styles, you can then take photos to show your hairdresser for your hair trial.  We would recommend you have a hair trial because then it will reassure you and the bride for the big day.

We have chosen 31 of the best half up, half down hairstyles for you to consider.  We can guarantee that one, or even more hairstyles below, will definitely grab your attention.  Enjoy looking through these styles and have fun!

1. LONG, CURLY AND MESSY HALF UPDO

Do you have long hair?

Long Curly and Messy Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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This is the perfect hairstyle for long hair.  It has curls, it’s on-trend and looks great!  Messy hair has been trending for a few years now and that is great news for bridesmaids.  You don’t have to worry too much on the day as the messier, the better!  You can add a gorgeous hairpiece like the photo above.

2. CURLY, FISHTAIL BRAID HALF UPDO

Fishtail braids have an air of elegance and sophistication.

Curly Fishtail Braid Half Updo for Long Hair

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Waving ones hair for a wedding looks very romantic.  Team curls with a fishtail and you can see from the photo, it looks fabulous.  The fishtail is created with the hair up section of the hair which is different from the standard full up fishtail braid.

3. CURLY HAIR + WATERFALL BRAID

Waterfall braids have a style of their own.

Curly Waterfall Braid Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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There is nothing like having a lovely waterfall for a special event, especially for a wedding.  Everyone will comment on how gorgeous your hair looks.

4. TWISTS INTO A FISHTAIL BRAID

Team twists and fishtail to create this girly hairstyle.

Twisted Fishtail Braid Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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Twists are so easy, anyone and everyone can do this.  The fishtail is a little harder but once you have conquered it, it is easy!  These twists and fishtail braid work so well together.

5. CUTE HALF UPDO FOR MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR

If you don’t have long hair and ware looking for something special, this maybe for you.

Easy Curly Half Up Half Down Hairstyle for Medium Length Hair

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This cute half up hairstyle looks amazing with the pearl effect clip.  To finish the look, if you don’t have naturally curly hair, curl the ends to add that extra bounce.

6. TWISTED HALF UPDO

As I mentioned, twists are so easy to achieve.

Twisted Curly Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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They take no time to do and they create such a wonderful style alone.  Mix a few twists together to end up with this look.  Who wouldn’t like this!  Gather the first section and twist, and then continue down until you have several rows of twists.  We all know how high the stress levels tend to be on the morning of the wedding, but with this style, you will have more time to sip your champagne and to concentrate on your makeup.  You can then gently wave the ends to add to the effect.

7. SOFT CURLS + BRAIDS

Soft curls create a romantic look.

Soft Curls and Braids Half Updo

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Soft and delicate curls are so girly and feminine.  This is the perfect style to compliment a lacy dress.

8. CURLS, TEASED CROWN & BRAIDS

Higher crowns are a quick way to gain volume.

Long Curly Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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Make sure you tease the crown before you start to braid.  This will create the volume and highness you desire.  Then you can curl your hair and gather the hair up section to create the braid.   Add a touch of hairspray to make sure it lasts throughout the day.

9. EASY HALF UPDO FOR SHORTER HAIR

This is perfect for shoulder length hair.

Easy Bridesmaids Half Updo for Short Hair

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Not everyone has super long hair and if you are a bridesmaid with shoulder length hair, make sure you choose a beautiful style like this one.  It is simple and easy to do.  You can either add a few waves to the hair down section or leave it as it.

10. ELEGANT, HALF UP STYLE

Many bridesmaids are looking for a simple elegant style.

Teased Crown Half Up Hairstyle

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This is ideal if you aren’t keen on having braids.  Although braid styles look lovely, there are other alternatives that look just as good.  Have a look at this style.  This elegant half updo, looks classy and timeless.

11. MESSY, BRAIDED CROWN

Are you looking for a hairpiece alternative?

Braided Crown Half Up Hairstyle

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We have the solution for you.  Have a braided crown!  It is not just a braided crown but also a messy braided crown that will look wonderful.  It will boost your hair and complement any style of dress.  With messy hair, you don’t have to worry about fixing it during the day, just leave it and enjoy the wedding!

12. TEASED HALF UPDO WITH BRAIDS

Teased is also known as backcombing.

Teased Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Braids

Instagram / alliedoeshair

Backcombing is another word that many people tend to now use.  You can see by teasing the crown, it instantly uplifts your hair, setting an elegant style.

13. EASY, LONG CURLY HAIRSTYLE

Curls look romantic and special for weddings.

Easy Long Curly Hairstyle for Bridesmaids

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This is so simple but looks so amazing and timeless.  Twists and curls are all that is needed for this hairstyle.  Adding the hair up section will create the natural lift.  You can see how beautifully the added clips, finish the style.

14. BRAIDED HALF UPDO

Mixing different braids forms a beautiful style.

Braided Boho Half Updo for Bridesmaids

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These two braids work so well together.  The style is super girly and will look amazing with any outfit you decide to wear.

15. ROMANTIC HALF UP, HALF DOWN LOOK

Who doesn’t want a romantic hairstyle for a wedding?

Beautiful Half Up Style for Bridesmaids

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Weddings are all about love and happiness.  Romance is in the air and especially when you have this gorgeous hairstyle.

16. HALF-UP BRAIDED CROWN FOR MID LENGTH HAIR

Braided crowns will set the look.

Half Up Braided Crown for Medium Length Hair

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Having a braided crown will frame your face and show off your dress.  The main focus will be on your makeup and the back of your lovely braided crown hair.  This is perfect as you’ll be walking down the aisle.

17. CURLY, HALF UP FISHTAIL BRAID

This looks so detailed and intricate.

Half Up Fishtail Braid Hairstyle for Bridesmaids

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Don’t be scared thinking it looks hard to do, trust us, it looks harder than it is.  If you are having a hairstylist on the morning, show a photo of this hairstyle and they will be able to create this in no time.  If you are confident with fishtails yourself, you can also do this on the morning without a hairstylist.  This will save you some money!

18. HALF UP STYLE FOR LONG HAIR

This style is all about loose tie.

Messy Curly Half Up Hairstyle for Long Hair

Instagram / ulyana.aster

The trick with this style is when you are gathering the half up section,  don’t pull tightly, tie it back with your preferred band/hairpiece etc, loosely.  This will form the delicate style you want.

19. STRAIGHT HAIR + DUTCH BRAIDS

Dutch braids really stand out.

Straight Dutch Braided Crown Half Up for Medium Hair

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If you want to attract attention, this will certainly do that.  It stands out more so with shorter hair, like the photo above.  You could also add a few flower clips to match the wedding theme colours.

20. SIMPLE & ELEGANT

This is a simple and elegant hairstyle that will make you look and feel amazing.

Elegant Half Up Hairstyle for Brides or Bridesmaids

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By forming a braided crown, it will act as a hair accessory for you.  This will save you money on actually buying a hairpiece.  Make sure the braid gathers underneath your raised crown for effect.

21. MESSY HALF UP STYLE WITH A HAIRPIECE

Messy hair is trending.

Messy Half up Style with a Hairpiece

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As you all probably know, messy hair is trending and has been for several seasons now.  Messy hair looks amazing if the wedding theme is shabby chic or vintage.  It will perfectly fit in.  When we say messy, we don’t mean look like a scarecrow!  We like to call it, controlled messy so make sure you find the perfect balance.

22. VOLUME + BRAIDS = PERFECT COMBO

Volume and braids are the flawless combination.

Teased Half Up Style for Bridesmaids

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Adding volume to your hair will make you feel special and it is the ideal look for bridesmaids.  It is a traditional look, going back many years and teamed with braids, the style will look fabulous.

23. VOLUMINOUS HALF UP STYLE WITH FAKE SIDE BANGS

Nowadays, clip-in hair is so easily accessible.

Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Side Bangs

Instagram / tatianebertolucci

If you want to add that extra lift or boost to your hair on the wedding day, you can always buy clip-in hair extensions from many online websites and they don’t need to be expensive.  Adding a few bangs to your hair is small but the finished result looks incredible!  Take this hairstyle, you can always clip-in hair and nobody will realise.

24. FOUR STRAND BRAID

Are you bored of the standard braids?

Cute Half Up Hairstyle for Medium Length Hair

Instagram / sarahpotempa

If you want something different but need some ideas and inspiration, take a look at this. Why don’t you try this 4 strand braid?  It looks so beautiful and different.  Instead of using 2 or 3 strands, use 4 and you will finish with a pretty looking braid like this.  Soft ringlets added to the ends of the hair will plump up the hair which makes it look shorter than it really is, so be prepared for this.

25. CURLS & LOOSE BRAIDS HALF UP

If you’re used to always having your hair tied back in a tight bun, go for a loose hairstyle.

Simple Curly Half Up Hairstyle for Bridesmaids

Instagram / braidstudio

This will take the strain of your head and release the pressure.  Many women wear their hair up every day for work, so by wearing your hair half up, half down will feel special.  You will still have the security of having your hair up but it’s the best of both worlds!  Curl your hair to add the romantic feel and make a few loose braids with the hair up sections.  You can always intertwine different strands of hair in your hair up pieces, like the photo above.  Have fun experimenting with this style.

26. GLAMOROUS STYLE

Add some Hollywood glamour to the wedding with this gorgeous braided half up, half down style.

Glam Half Up Hairstyle for Weddings

Instagram / tatianebertolucci

Every bridesmaid wants to look good and with this glam style, you will look amazing all day.  This is a neat, braided hairstyle, which looks absolutely stunning.  Whatever the wedding theme, this will add the glitz to your outfit and for the bride.  I know the bride will think this is a spectacular hairstyle and she will be so proud.

27. CURLY HALF UP HAIRSTYLE WITH VOLUME AT CROWN

This is an ideal hairstyle for a bridesmaid or Maid of Honour.

Curly Teased Hair Half Updo

Instagram / braidtrends

This is a polished curly half up do with added volume.  It looks classic and at the same time, elegant.  No matter if the bride is getting married in spring, summer, autumn or winter, this is great for all seasons.  Make sure you have the lift of the crown to add to the effect and style.

28. BIG, CURLY HAIR

Big hair looks incredible.

Big Curly Half Up Hairstyle

Instagram / nadigerber

If you are having a simple bridesmaid dress, then why not go big with your hair.  This half up hairstyle will look stunning with any classic dress and will definitely compliment the bride, whatever hairstyle she chooses.  Although it looks like the hair is completely up, it is still only half up.  The thicker your hair is, the bigger the hair will be.  If you have thinner hair, this will still look amazing.  It will give you the extra volume which will of course make your hair seem thicker and bigger!

29. SIMPLE CURLY HALF UP STYLE

Keep it simple with this curly half up hairdo.

Easy Half Up Hairstyle for Bridesmaids

Instagram / tatianebertolucci

Sometimes we are too busy thinking about the intricate hairstyles, that we forget about the simple and gorgeous styles.  Take this easy curly half up, half down ‘do.  It looks as good as the other options in this article but because it’s a wedding, people tend to overthink.  Why, when it looks this good?!  Try this and see for yourself.  You will be pleasantly surprised and will enjoy not having to have your hair done all morning.

30. BRAIDED CROWN + SOFT CURLS

Release your inner boho chic style with this half up, half down braided crown, with soft curls.

Braided Crown Curly Half Up Style

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This screams bridesmaid hair.  It may be boho chic outside of weddings, but who’s to say you can’t take a boho style over to weddings.  We adore this hairstyle and know it will suit any face shape and any dress you wear on the day.  The soft curls will add the love and romance vibe.  This style looks exceptionally amazing with highlights.

31. JAW-DROPPING, CURLY HALF UP HAIRSTYLE

Girly, feminine, cute, elegant and amazing!

Long Curly Half Up with Side Bangs

Instagram / maxwellmathson

These are the words we would choose to describe this half up, half down hairstyle.  If you were to think of the perfect half up, half down hairstyle for a bridesmaid, many people will have this image in their head.  It is a timeless style that will never age.  This is good news for brides whom will look back on the photographs in many years to come and think she made an excellent choice of hairstyles for the bridal party.

It has everything all rolled in one hairstyle and will suit any wedding theme.  If you choose not to hire a hairdresser on the day, this is easy to achieve when doing it yourself.  All you need is a curler, bobby pins and hairspray.  Hairspray is a vital product that you will need, as you will want it to last all day without falling down.  If you practice this a few times before the actual wedding day, you will be a pro!  Have fun!

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