35 Gorgeous Half-Up/Half-Down Hairstyles: A Tribute to the World's Most Flattering Look

All you need: A hair tie and a couple of minutes.

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Take it from your favorite celebrities: contrasting flowing locks with some creativity up top—from a versatile top knot to a chic half-ponytail—can make a world of difference. Ahead, 35 reasons why some half-up, half-down styling is the best way to break up your hair routine (yes, even you, short haired gals).

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Beyoncé's Bump-It Style

This vintage photo of Bey sees her rocking some ombre style highlights with a pretty swept-back style that reminds us of the Internet's fixation with Bump-its. 

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Jessica Chastain's Red Carpet Waves

It's a simple style, but the half-do look is effortlessly glamorous when you pair it with beachy waves, a fresh face, and chic jewelry. 

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Ashley Greene's Swooping Strands

To add some zhuzhing effect to your half-updo, drape the strands closest to your forehead up and away from your face like so. 

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Blake Lively's Waterfall of Waves

What better way to make an entrance than with a head full of perfectly satiny curls? Pin back your hair on one side for chic, princess-worthy contrast. 

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Olivia Wilde's Balayage Tendrils

When you want to show off a fresh crop of highlights, do as Olivia Wilde does and pull your hair back at the crown to give your tips the spotlight. 

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Emma Watson's Asymmetry

A deep side part and texture at the roots helps keep this half-ponytail style looking red-carpet fresh. 

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Zooey Deschanel's Top Knot

Deschanel knows the power of a chic top knot to break up a head of thick hair. 

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Face-Framing Strands

When you tease the heck out of your hair at your crown, the more volume at the top of your head will make an elegant contrast with long flowing locks. Leave two face-framing tendrils out to achieve this look. 

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Rachel Bilson's Pulled-Back Elegance

Take a page from the Medieval Beauty Handbook: twist the ends of your hair by your face, pin back, and go. 

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Penelope Cruz's Side-Swept Bangs

While most people opt to keep their hair away from their forehead for a half-updo, Cruz's side-bangs are a fresh take on the style that frames her face to perfection.

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Ashley Olsen's Regal Bun

In which Ashley makes growing out a dye job look all the more sophisticated with a rounded and pinned bun plus loose layers. 

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Alexa Chung's "It Girl" Lob

Trust Alexa Chung to keep it both simple and fresh with a middle part, pulled-back hair, and natural-looking waves. 

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Diane Kruger's Princess Waves

For flowing princess-y waves like Kruger's, go to town with a curling iron and secure your hair back above your ears. 

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Poppy Delevingne's Braided Half-Updo

Try double-sided fishtail braids when you're looking for a more edgy half-up, half-down look. 

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Kiernan Shipka's Pinned Back Flair

One of the most stylish teens around has her hair game down pat. Here, Shipka pins the hair back toward the side of her head rather than pulling it straight back. 

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Marion Cotillard's Swept-Back Style

Instead of parting hair down the center, try sweeping all of your hair back with a hair-clip and teasing at the roots. 

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Kristen Stewart's DGAF Floppy Ponytail

The perfect weekend look: tying back a messy half-ponytail (dark roots and all!) and letting the rest of your hair hang loose. 

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Angelina Jolie's Volume

All the hair and texturing spray used to keep your hair out of your face means more room to highlight your features and jewelry, right Angie? 

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Taylor Swift's Edgy Locks

T-Swift knows just how to emphasize her bold eye makeup with this tousled twist on the traditional half-up/half-down hairstyle.

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Selena Gomez's Chic Layers

This swoon-worthy look almost has us feeling sorry for Biebs because–DAMN girl!

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Mindy Kaling's Quick Fix

For those mornings when you are running super late to work, try Mindy's insta-glam look. Make a deep side part, clip some hair back, and run out the door.

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Zendaya's Headpiece

The easiest way to shake up your half up/half down style? Throw in a headpiece.

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Kendall Jenner's Casual 'Do

To recreate Jenner's off-duty model look, make sure to gather your hair at the nape of your neck and secure it low for a chic take.

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Kate Middleton's Hat

Because we can't have her title/husband/wardrobe/tiaras, we might as well try and steal her style tricks. The Duchess keeps it classy, as always, with a dainty hat.

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Rooney Mara's Mini Bun

Keep a long hairstyle interesting by tying back a mini bun that's placed towards the back of your head rather than on top of it.

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Rita Ora's Blonde Half-Ponytail

In which Ora channels her inner Ariana Grande by pulling her top ponytail tight and almost blinding us with her shiny blonde locks.

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Rihanna's Loose Curls

Is there anything Rihanna can't pull off? Her take on the half up/half down hair comes with some loose curls in a bedhead effect. 

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Lily Collins' Sexy Waves

Stellar beach waves and all, Collins embraces her seductive side with this bumped-up look.

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Kerry Washington's Glam Volume

What you're currently experiencing is hair envy. Get some of her glam by keeping volume in your hair as you pin parts back, or, more effectively, print out this photo and take it to a hairdresser.

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Emilia Clarke's Bob

Clarke's look proves that you don't have to possess long hair to master the half up/half down style. To copy her look, part hair in the center, tease the hair at the crown of your head, and leave some pieces out (or wrap them around a curling iron) for a wavier effect.

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