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26 September 2020

Bridal Hairstyles: Half-Up, Half-Down

Half-Up, Half-Down Bridal Style

Best for:

Suits every style of wedding celebration!



Combines your favourite up-do with your favourite down-do

Makes a feature of long hair

Works with a range of accessories

Blends traditional and modern



Many brides come to me torn between having a classic up-do or a more relaxed down-do. They love the elegance and glamour of a hairstyle like the chignon, but are also tempted by the feminine prettiness and romantic feel of smooth waves.

But, there’s good news! You don’t have to choose.

A half-up, half-down hairstyle gives you freedom and flexibility, and is becoming more and more popular as a sophisticated yet seemingly-effortless bridal hairstyle. It’s perfect if you’ve considered a simple, elegant hair-down look, but want to include a bit of texture and interest at the top, either under your veil or as a feature on its own.

Enjoy letting your tresses fall down over your shoulders, without having to ditch your dream hair accessories, with this classic, soft-glam look.


Got your heart set on a half-up, half-down do, but worried your hair isn’t long enough?

The beauty of this bridal style is that it suits hair of all lengths. Even short bobs can look stunning with half gathered at the top – just chat to your stylist about what will work best for you. If you’d love to wow your guests with long locks on the day, you can always choose to include hair extensions.

One of the biggest bonuses of the half-and-half is it’s practicality. As a bridal hairstylist, I am constantly assessing how well a style will last throughout the day and how I can maximise its longevity. With half of your hair pinned at the back, it minimises the damage that a strong gust of wind can do, and keeps the stray strands out your eyes! And, let’s face it, these are things you don’t want to be worrying about on your wedding day.

If these aren’t reasons enough to get planning your own half-up, half-down hairstyle, take a look at the images below for tantalising inspiration!

Bridal Hair in Hampshire homepage
Anna Fowler Wedding Photography


Bride styled by Bridal Hair in Hampshire at altar with groom
Tony Hart Wedding Photography


Bride and bridesmaids hair styled by Bridal Hair in Hampshire
Lloyd Richard Wedding Photography


Guy Collier Wedding Photography


LaHu Wedding Photography
Glen Jevon Photography


If you would like to chat to me about creating a hairstyle like this for your wedding day, book a call with me now!


Keep an eye on the blog as I recap more of my favourite wedding hairstyles over the next few weeks!