There are few things in life—especially beauty—that are truly universal. But the half-up, half-down hairstyle is a rare and welcome exception: it works for almost everyone who wishes to rock it, no matter their texture, shade, or preference. It's a true workhorse. If you're looking to conceal greasy roots, a textured pony at the crown can hide them until wash day. If you're doing Pilates or going for a run around your neighborhood and still want to look chic, a sleek pull-back will keep your strands out of your face. It's the perfect way to show off bold or experimental makeup by drawing attention to the eyes, and if you're just plain feeling indecisive, the look is versatile enough to inspire a new variation every day. Best of all, it's the perfect style for day-to-night dressing, so you can hop from grocery shopping to a dinner party without taking a shower or reaching for a brush.
This theory is more than proved by our favorite celebrities: contrasting flowing locks with some creativity up top—from a sculptural top knot to a chic half-ponytail—can look elegant, playful, or avant-garde, depending on the mood you're in or the event you're attending (even if it is virtual, for now.) 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).
The extra minutes it may take to create this statuesque updo are totally worth it. A sturdy hairspray will make it easier to build up the height.
Soft waves paired with floral jewelry and embellishments are just plain pretty. A large barrel curling iron can help you achieve the same chic look.
Textured waves paired with coral jewelry practically screams 'beach party.' Use a comb to rake back the hair without making the pony too tidy.
Texture at the root keeps this look accessible. Curl the ends with a large barrel curling iron, and tease the to top your strands near the scalp for a balanced coif.
Wave your hair with a curling wand for uniform strands, then part your hair on the side and clip it at the back of your head—polished, but not too prim.
Braids adds welcome texture to a regal updo. French braid your strands alongside your parts, then plait what's left down your back.
Half-up styles can give a lifted appearance to the contours of your face, and placing your pony at the crown maximizes this effect. Add a cat eye to lift the look even more.
Day 4 hair has never looked so enviable. If you want to hide greasy roots, massage some dry shampoo into the scalp, shake it out, then wind the hair up top into a cute lil' bun.
Pairing a perfected pull-back with an elegant necklace can instantly refine a deep neckline.
This is a weekend pony if we've ever seen one, especially for short- haired ladies. A tiny rubber band will do the trick, and don't bother using a brush. This look is better a little messy.
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.
To add some zhuzhing effect to your half-updo, drape the strands closest to your forehead up and away from your face like so.
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.
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.
A deep side part and texture at the roots helps keep this half-ponytail style looking red-carpet fresh.
Deschanel knows the power of a chic top knot to break up a head of thick hair.
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.
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.
In which Ashley makes growing out a dye job look all the more sophisticated with a rounded and pinned bun plus loose layers.
Try double-sided fishtail braids when you're looking for a more edgy half-up, half-down look.
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.
Instead of parting hair down the center, try sweeping all of your hair back with a hair-clip and teasing at the roots.
The perfect weekend look: tying back a messy half-ponytail (dark roots and all!) and letting the rest of your hair hang loose.
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?
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.
The easiest way to shake up your half up/half down style? Throw in a headpiece.
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.
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.
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.
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.