If there’s one bridal look that will never go out of style, it’s the half up half down hairstyle favoured by so many brides-to-be. And for good reason – not only is it incredibly versatile and able to adapt to a wide range of hair types, hair lengths, and bridal styles, but it’s also super practical. A half up hairstyle is perfect for brides who want to keep hair off their face, especially on a hot summer’s day, and it’s also a great base for veils and accessories. And there’s so much you can do with this hairstyle, from braids and twists to bows and bouffants. But with it being so versatile, how do you choose the right half up half down wedding hairstyle for you? We asked Surrey hair and makeup artist, Caitlin Haughton, for a few pointers. Caitlin is passionate about making people look and feel their best and believes there’s no better time to do this than on their wedding day!
Take hair colour into account when searching for inspiration. It’s always a good idea to get lots of inspiration from blogs, magazines, and Pinterest when trying to nail down your bridal hairstyle ahead of your hair and makeup trial. Picture references can be super helpful for your stylist to understand the look and feel that you’re trying to achieve. However, it’s important to remember that the style you choose may look different on your hair. “When searching for your wedding hairstyle, try to find images with a similar hair colour to your own,” Caitlin suggests. “Textured hairstyles on darker hair can be less visible, so you could also consider adding some subtle lights or balayage to enhance the look.”
Consider adding clip-in extensions for volume. Extensions are ideal for half up half down styles, especially if you’re loving looks that have both intricate detailing and beautiful voluminous waves. The more hair that is pulled into these elements, the less volume you have for the hair that is left loose. “Most of the time, clip-in extensions are added for half up styles to create more of a ‘wow’ factor,” says Caitlin. “A lot of hair is sometimes needed to create the texture for the half up, especially adding twists and braids. Having a few rows of clip-in extensions on the half that’s down will ensure the curls hold and that there is still plenty of volume.”
Think about the texture for the hair down portion of the style. When choosing a half up half down wedding hairstyle, many brides focus on the ‘half up’ portion. But the ‘half down’ hair is just as important. “Think about whether you prefer smoother, glamorous waves or more of a messy or beachy texture,” Caitlin advises. In making your decision, it’s important to take into account the overall look and feel of the wedding as well as your dress. Share these details with your stylist and they’ll be able to suggest a few alternatives.
Want more inspiration? We’ve rounded up 10 more of our favourite half up half down bridal hairdos from the other Make Me Bridal Pros!