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Half-Up Half-Down Wedding Hairstyles

I sometimes find it a waste when brides opt to hide their long, gorgeous locks in a tight wedding updo. Though it’s a traditional look that withstands the ebb and flow of trends, wedding hairstyles for long hair shouldn’t be limited to buns or chignons, especially when your hair is the envy of all the girls. On the other hand, I can understand why many brides-to-be think twice about wearing their hair down on their big day.
Weddings happen once in a lifetime, and you may as well commemorate it by looking more polished and put-together than usual. But if you’re not entirely sold on the idea of an up-do either, half-up half-down wedding hairstyles give you the best of both worlds. The loose bottom half lets you show off your locks, while the pulled back upper half frames your face beautifully and allows you to have fun with your earrings. Take your cue from these half up-dos spotted on the red carpet.
2011 Golden Globe Awards
Diana Agron is a vision with soft waves cascading down her shoulders. Her hair is gently parted to one side, braided, then secured at the back.
2010 Met Costume Institute Gala
Taylor Swift’s romantic curls are very popular among brides, not only because it looks utterly romantic, but because large curls are perfect for humid tropical weddings. To get this look, Taylor’s blonde hair was curled with a curling iron, and each lock was carefully separated by hand. The hair is then pulled into a ponytail then pinned into a loose ball, with large chunks of hair left loose in front.
2011 Academy Awards
Not all half-up half-down hairstyles involve curls or waves. Nicole Kidman looks polished and chic with lots of volume on her straight hair. Do as she did and have the top part of your hair pinned back back to show your glowing face and stunning wedding jewelry.
2010 Golden Globe Awards
Jennifer Garner’s ‘do is another great example of a half up-do with straight hair. I love the way her dangling earrings frame her face!
2011 Academy Awards
Reese Witherspoon shows a glamorous 60s-style half up-do at the 2011 Oscars. To achieve this look, her hair was blow-dried with a barrel brush and coated with a volumizer. A sparkly headband serves as the perfect finishing touch.
Which celebrity style rocked your favorite look? Would you consider wearing a half-up half-down hairstyle at your wedding?
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