Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

These hair tips will show you how to get a stylish half up half down hairstyle.

By Elizabeth Flahive

June 21, 2009 11:05 AM
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Take curly hair from day to night by spritzing with a refreshing, enzyme-rich spray to bring back the bounce. Or use a little beachy spray.

Rake hair back with your fingers (to create lift) and fasten loosely with a small claw clip.

Finger-twirl a few of the loose pieces for extra polish.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
REFRESHING SPRAY like David Babaii WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray, $11.95.

CLAW CLIPS like Goody Clips, $3.99.

SPRAY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER like Alterna Hemp Spray Leave-In Conditioner, $20.
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This is a great look for unwashed, straight hair. Grab the section of hair right at the front of your crown, making sure not to pick up any of the side pieces. Backcomb it so you get some real lift. Then spray that section with a non-sticky hairspray and backcomb a little more.

Pull the section back and a little to the side and fasten it with bobby pins so the ends are sticking out but you're keeping the height at the roots.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STYLING CREAM Run a little styling cream through the sides of your hair so they don't look frizzy. Kérastase Nutri-Sculpt, $27.99.

HAIRSPRAY A good hairspray gives you hold but not helmet head. Alberto VO5 Brush Out Hairspray, $4.29.

BOBBY PINS to anchor your style like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins , $1.
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Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add oomph to each strand.

Blow-dry while raking fingers through your hair. Use a bit of volumizer at the roots.

Make a side part and take a section on one side of the part. Backcomb it to create height and then push the hair forward to create a "bump." Secure with bobby pins.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUME SHAMPOO like Neutrogena Clean Volumizing Shampoo, $3.79.

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

HEAT PROTECTANT SPRAY like Cutler Specialist Protectant Spray, $21.
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For a sexy, sideswept look, work a texturizer through dry hair with a boar bristle brush.

Spray a little hairspray onto a vent brush and tease hair at the crown for a little extra height. Then grab that section and sweep loosely back to the side, fastening with a flower pin accessory.

Mist entire head with a light hairspray to keep the sexy, tousled look working hard all night.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

TEXTURIZER like KMS California Hair Play Texture Blast, $16.

HAIR SPRAY like Dove Advanced Color Therapy Hair Spray, $5.

SHAMPOO like Sally Hershberger Supreme Head Shampoo for Wavy Hair, $9.49.

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Spray hair with a volumizer like at the roots. Re-dry the front section with a round brush, pulling hair up and back.

Take that section and twist it back, securing it with a bobby pin so you get a lot of lift in front. Keep the ends in a messy loop in the back of your head.

Run a tiny dab of shine serum through the ends of your hair.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS

VOLUMIZER like Redken Volume Spray Foam, $13.99.

BOBBY PINS like Scunci Comfort Curved Bobby Pins, $1.69.

ROUND BRUSH like Conair Performers Round Brush, $9.99.

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Wash hair with cool water (for extra shine) and towel-dry.

Coat hair in straightening cream and blow-dry with a large round brush, flipping hair up at the ends.

Make a deep side part, smoothing down any frizz at the crown with a touch of anti-frizz.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
STRAIGHTENING CREAM like Frédéric Fekkai Straight Away Hair Balm, $17.50.

ANTI FRIZZ like Herbal Essences None Of Your Frizziness Cream, $3.99.

ROUND BRUSH like Goody Tufted Round Brush, $4.99.
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Use a smoothing shampoo with proteins and amino acid, which help to seal the cuticle for a sleeker style. "A cool rinse after your conditioner is a great way to add a quick hit of shine in the shower," says NYC/Sally Hershberger Salon stylist Tommy Bucket.

Blow-dry hair with a vent brush and then run a flat iron over one-inch sections, flipping the ends up slightly.

Grab two or three large bobby pins. Take a section of hair a few inches back from your hairline. Spray it with a setting spray and roll the section forward over a round brush to make a clean loop of hair. Tuck the ends under and fasten very securely with the bobby pins. Mist the rest of your hair with a shine spray.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SMOOTHING SHAMPOOS like Clairol Herbal Essences Smoothing Shampoo, $3.99, work wonders.

SHINE SPRAY like TIGI Bedhead Headrush Shine Spray, $15.29.

BOBBY PINS like Vidal Sassoon Bobby Pins, $1.29.
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Wash your hair with a highlight enhancing shampoo. Work a bit of volumizing mousse through your roots so you get extra lift without working too hard.

Quickly blow-dry on a medium heat (don't worry about getting every strand perfectly smooth, you can tame flyaways with a little anti frizz serum later.)

Make a deep side part and pull hair loosely back from either side of the part, fastening hair with a tiny claw clip. This way you'll have that tousled, loose effect but your hair will still hold where you clip it.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
VOLUMIZER like Clairol Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse, $3.99.

ANTI FRIZZ will tame flyaways without weighing down fine hair with a product like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Smooth Shine Anti Frizz Cream, $7.39.

HAIR CLIPS like Goody Colour Collection Claw Clips keep it loose, $2.99 for 4.

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Apply mousse to a boar bristle brush to get a more even and less sticky application. You'll get the volume without the frizz.

Apply a little shine serum to your palms and rub hands over the top layer of hair.

Make a deep side part and pull hair loosely over one eyebrow and then back so you get a dramatic sideswept effect.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SERUM like L'Oréal Serie Expert Shine Perfecting Serum, $20.

MOUSSE like John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mousse, $5.99.

BOBBY PINS like Scunci Salon Bobby Pins, $1.99.
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A quick fix for second-day hair: Spray some dry shampoo at the roots to sop up excess oil. Work it through the ends as well to add volume.

Pull hair half back, keeping hair loose for a softer, less-extreme style.

Rewet and dry bangs to freshen everything up. A little detail, but it makes a huge difference.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
DRY SHAMPOO like Klorane Gentle Shampoo With Oat Milk, $11.

MINI DRYER like Revlon Travel Style Dryer, $23.99.

Texture Paste like Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste Matte Effect, $3.99.
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Lather up with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product buildup that weighs thin hair down.

Use a volumizer and blow-dry hair without using a brush. Then, take the section of hair you're pulling across your forehead and back and backcomb it, so you get a little extra lift.

Spritz the whole look twice with a shine spray-hold the bottle at least eight inches away from your head so you don't overdo it.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
CLARIFYING SHAMPOO like Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo, $9.99.

VOLUMIZER like Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse, $18

SHINE SPRAY like Chi Shine Infusion Thermal Polishing Spray, $12.95.
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The easiest updo is the kind that's only half up. Make a side part.

Take a front section on either side and twist it back so it stays very loose in front.

Gather the two sections together in a twist in the back and clip with a small, embellished barrette.

Spritz a little shine-spray all over to finish the look.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
SHINE SPRAY like Bumble & Bumble Big Shine Spray, $40.

HAIR FRAGRANCE like Got2B Styltini Root To Tip Silkener, $5.99.

STYLING CREAM like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti Humidity Styling Cream, $3.99.
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Use a shampoo for straight hair which repairs and smoothes a color-damaged cuticle.

Use a wet-to-dry flat iron in order to combine two heat styling steps into one.

Backcomb the section of hair you're pulling up and back so you get a slightly more formal-looking lift in front. Fasten with a few light-colored bobby pins.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
WET-TO-DRY FLAT IRON like Chi Wet To Dry Flat Iron, $250.

STRAIGHT-HAIR SHAMPOO like Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo, $3.99.

BOBBY PINS like Ricky's NYC Bobby Pins, $3.79.
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Use a color-enhancing shampoo to liven up your highlights and add shine.

Douse hair in volumizer and then blow-dry using a vent brush.

Add a little shine serum to the bangs and front layers to give them additional polish.

MARIE CLAIRE RECOMMENDS
COLOR-BOOSTING SHAMPOO like Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Shampoo, $5.79.

VOLUMIZER like Amplify by Matrix Volumizing System, $16.49.

SHINE SERUM like Salon Selectives Smoothing Serum, $4.49.
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