Half-French Braided Half Up

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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The braid trend is still in full force and I could not be happier. I've loved to braid since I was a tween. I have great memories of my friends and I braiding each other's hair on the schoolyard, at slumber parties, and on the bus to field hockey games.

Another popular trend is the half up hairstyle. I can admit that it took a little time for me to warm up to this trend. I'm not sure why but I associate the 'do with preppiness, a vibe that just isn't me. But as I experiment more with the style, the more I like the look. A half up combines the best of both worlds - it gets your hair off your face while still enjoying some hair that is down. And there are endless ways to tie or pin back a portion of your hair for a variety of "vibes."

This hairstyle is casual and bohemian, perfect for a summer festival or backyard barbeque. I'm sure I'll be adding this half up to my list of go-to styles. You want to try it, right? The step-by-step tutorial is below.

Half-French Braided Half Up

For this hairstyle, you will need:
Styling product (anything that adds a little grip will do: texturizing spray, pomade, wax, dry shampoo)
Comb for sectioning
Small hair bands
Bobby pins

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1. After adding some product to your hair, part it down the center and clip one side out of the way.

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2. Working with the side you left loose, pick up a section in the front at your forehead (or just behind your bangs if you have them.) As you can see, I've left some of the hair above my ear down.

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3. Divide the section into 3 equal subsections.

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4. Now you will braid this section, incorporating hair from your center part to the top piece only. Do NOT incorporate hair on the bottom, creating a half-French braid.

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5. Continue your half-French braid, working at a downward diagonal until you reach the center. Finish braiding the section with the remaining 3 strands without incorporating any hair and tie the ends off with a small hair band.

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6. Repeat on the other side.

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7. Use bobby pins to join the two loose braids and re-tie the ends together with one hair band.

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