Half-up half-down hairstyles are a classic look for brides and bridesmaids – and for good reason! This versatile style perfectly marries the elegance of an updo with flowing loose locks and suits a wide range of hair lengths and textures. They also work for any number of wedding styles - whether you're going for a boho-chic look or a classic fairytale vibe, a half-up half-down style will fit right in.
But what makes a gorgeous half-up half-down style even better? Add a braid! (Or two, or three, or more!)
Braids add a gorgeous textural detail to an already pretty style and work alongside other elements like accessories or fresh flowers, or on their own.
And there are SO many variations to try! Let's get to it...
10 Beautiful Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles
Without further ado, let’s dive into a selection of 10 of the most inspiring braided half-up half-down hairstyles that will work for either brides or bridesmaids (or both!), all created by our very talented Make Me Bridal Pros.
Long Hair with Braids, Half-Up, Half Down
Luxurious long locks give you the freedom to embrace intricate braids and twists that cascade into captivating curls. Consider adding extensions to your own hair if you don’t have enough length or volume for your hairdresser to play with.
Short Hair, Braided Half-Up, Half-Down
While long locks give you lots of options for braids and embellishments, that doesn’t mean that shorter haired girlies can’t rock a half-up half-down braid hairstyle too! Creative twisting techniques will allow your stylist to fasten your locks together, while curls add texture and volume.
Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Accessories
A half-up half-down braided hairstyle is all about detail, so why not take it to the next level by adding a captivating accessory? A delicate hair vine is a great option and can add the perfect finishing touch.
Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Different Braiding Styles
There are so many braiding techniques your stylist can include in your half-up half-down hairstyle! Alongside the classic plait, there’s French braids, Dutch braids, fishtail braids, and more. Dutch braids (which look like a more pronounced version of French braids) are girly and relaxed, with a free-spirited charm that’s perfect for a bohemian, rustic, or festival-themed wedding. Combining these different techniques will result in a truly unique and memorable style.
Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Highlights
Showcase your blonde highlights with a half-up half-down braid wedding hairstyle that effortlessly suits your hair. The highlights (or lowlights) add a pleasing visual texture, especially when combined with curls or waves.
Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Braids AND Plaits
Mix it up! Combining braids and plaits of different shapes and sizes will create an exceptional half-up half-down bridal hairstyle that’s unique (and a little Game of Thrones). So pretty!
Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Waterfall Braids
Waterfall braids are another lovely technique to consider incorporating into your half-up half-down hairstyle. This one is giving all the ethereal goddess vibes!
Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Fishtail Plait
If you’re in your mermaid era, a fishtail plait is the perfect option. We love the way this one is enhanced with the addition of a few dazzling pearl accessories!
Braided Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Flowers
Flowers (especially small blooms like baby’s breath) always make a pretty addition to a braid. Tuck delicate florals directly into the plaits for a whimsical twist on the classic half-up half-down braid style.
Half-Up, Half-Down Hair with Asymmetrical Braid
Instead of a symmetrical style, break the mould with a thick, asymmetric braid that seamlessly blends into loose curls. This unique take on the half-up, half-down style is the epitome of contemporary charm.
Hopefully, you will now be inspired to try a braided half-up, half-down hairstyle at your next big event. These looks can really catch the attention of the room, so be prepared for lots of looks in your direction!
Related: You may want to check out our articles on 10 Lovely Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyles, or How to Choose the Right Half Up Half Down Wedding Hairstyle