Half Up Half Down Braided Hairdo with Bling

Looking for a pretty half up half down braided hairdo? I’ve got a really cute one for you to try that you’re going to love. It’s simple to do and comes out looking so good!

Half Up Half Down Braided Hairdo with Bling

half up half down braided hairdo

When it comes to hairstyles, Victoria loves when she wears her hair down. She’s all about hair down hairstyles, so I’m constantly trying to come up with some new and different hairstyles to try on her hair. I personally love doing half up half down hairstyles because they’re just fun and so easy to do. 

Awhile ago I had done a hairstyle on Victoria where I braided a small section of hair on the side and looped it across the back of her head into a topsy tail section. It looked so pretty and she got a bunch of compliments on it, so I thought it would be fun to try the same kind of hairstyle but with 2 braids.

I have to say, I love it even more! Just the extra braid across on this easy half up half down braided hairdo looked so pretty. I feel like this is the perfect kind of hairstyle for any occasion whether it’s school, parties, special occasions, prom, dances, you name it! It just works beautifully.

Half Up Half Down Hairdo Tutorial

Here’s the tutorial on this simple half up half down hairstyle. As you can see, it really is an easy one to create on the hair.


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Here is the step-by-step tutorial for you to follow:

  1. Take a small section of hair on one side of the head and divide it in 2 sections.
  2. Three-strand braid each one of those sections.
  3. Grab another section of hair on the other side of the head. Add a hair elastic and topsy tail that section.
  4. Take the braids and bring them across the back of the head and loop them through the topsy tail hole.
  5. Tighten the topsy tail section so the braids won’t fall out.
  6. You can add a ribbon to this section.
  7. I then go back and use my Blinger to add some bling across the braids. It comes out looking SO STINKING cute and pretty!

half up half down braided hairdo

Hair Products I Used for this Specific Hairstyle

If you’re looking to do this hairstyle, these are the hair products I used to create this one. 


These are the Teenitor hair elastics I’ve been using lately. I was recommended to use them and couldn’t wait to give them a try. Victoria’s hair is on the thicker side, so I need to make sure I have hair elastics that will hold the hair and be extra durable. I also want to make sure the hair elastics won’t damage or crease the hair.

best hair elastics

  • Strong and stretchy: The elastics are not so thin that they break when you try to stretch, but they are not so thick that you can’t stretch them properly. They have stayed in very fine, soft hair through days of gardening. Also, they slide off the braids when grabbed and pull off clean. No rolling and catching the hair to make knots.
  • Great deal: This is a great deal on 2000 pieces clear rubber elastic hair bands, enough for braiding different hairstyles. You can keep a couple dozen in your purse, another couple dozen in your gym bag, some in your car…you get the idea. Any time you realize you need a hair tie, you’ll have a stash.

The best part is that you get 2000 for under $7!

Buy them here.


It’s the one question I get asked the most lately, and I love it. It’s important to make sure you prep the hair before you create a hairstyle. I love to use hair styling cream because I know it will help to keep the hair smooth and shiny.

I prefer using Dae Hair Styling Cream.

dae Hair Cactus Fruit 3-In-1 Styling Cream

SIGNATURE BLEND – Our Cactus Fruit 3-in-1 Styling Cream is a clean, multitasking formula that smooths styled hair, preps shiny blowouts, and defines natural curls.
BENEFITS – Infused with desert-derived extracts, it adds polish and shine, while hydrating botanicals moisturize hair and tame frizz.
CONCERNS – Frizz, Shine, Curl Definition
KEY INGREDIENTS – Dragon Fruit: Rich in antioxidants & enzymes that lock in moisture & nourish hair from the outside in. Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Conditions strands to be silky, soft, & healthy. Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Restores dull & brittle strands to their natural glossy luster.

Buy it here.

Hair Blinger

I’m all about using this hair blinger for hairstyles because it adds some fun and pizzazz to the hairstyle! The best part is that it’s SUPER EASY to use, too! 

blinger for hair

  • Comes with Glam Styling Tool and 75 Gems, Load, Click, BLING Hair, Fashion, ANYTHING
  • blinger is the new Glam Styling Tool that allows you to Load, Click, BLING Hair, Fashion ANYTHING Instantly add sparkle to your hair and accessories
  • With 75 adhesive gems included in multiple colors to choose from, blinger makes it easy for you to glam it up and add sparkle to your life, Safe and easy to use
  • Adhesive works with all hair types and sticks to most materials.

Buy the Blinger here.

Questions Asked About Half Up Half Down Hairstyles

Here are questions I’m normally asked about half up half down hairstyles.

How much Hair do you need for a Half Up Half Down?

You just need enough hair to do be able to create a half up hairstyle. I know that seems a little funny to share, but it’s true. In order to do this half up half down braided hairdo, I needed to just make sure that I had enough hair on each side to create the braids. You can do so many different half up hairdos with shorter hair, too. I promise, you can make it work.

Is Half Up Half Down a Professional Hairstyle?

I think it is! I wear my hair half up half down all the time to work. I feel that as long as a hairstyle is polished and makes you feel beautiful, you’re good to go! 

How do you come up with Half Up Half Down Hairstyles?

I just love to play with Victoria’s hair to see what I can come up! As I mentioned with this hairstyle, I had done this exact hairstyle with 1 braid before so I wanted to see what it would be like with 2 braids. I also find inspiration from YouTube, Pinterest and TikTok.

Here are Additional Half Up Hairstyles:

Simple Half Up Hairstyle for School

Popular Half Up Hairstyle (all over the internet right now)

Simple Half Up BARBIE Hairstyle



About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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