Warmer weather= getting my hair out of my face (in the most stylish way, of course).

Plus, it’s always nice to switch up my look with something edgy or something whimsical. Half-up, half-down hairstyles are perfect on naturally curly hair because with little effort they can become very elegant. I’ve created 2 simple styles that work great on stretched curls and can be created within minutes.

1. Half-Up Bun

The first is a half-up bun hairstyle that is a chic and popular look. It can be altered to your specific tastes by changing the size of the bun or by the way you part your hair.

Step 1: Start on stretched hair. (I like this look on 3rd or 4th day hair.) Using a comb, create a horseshoe section at the top of your hair. 

Step 2: Apply your favorite edge control or pomade to the sectioned area. CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste is an excellent choice for smooth edges with a hint of shine. Using a small amount of the control paste, smooth it along your hairline then use a brush with boar/nylon bristles to polish the style.

Step 3: Secure the section with a hair elastic to create a half ponytail. My favorites are Goody Ouchless Elastics because they don’t pull or snag my hair. Next, twist the ponytail and wrap it loosely into a bun. Use bobby pins to secure the bun.

Step 4: (Optional) Loosen up the bun by pulling with your fingers to create a more exaggerated style.

2. Twisted Half-Updo

This style is a twisted half-updo that is soft and ethereal. By adding just a few 2-strand twists you will have a bohemian look that can be considered casual yet elegant.

Step 1: Section stretched hair horizontally from one ear to the other. Clip the back half of your hair so it doesn’t interfere with the front section.

Step 2: Create 5 vertical sections on the top half of your head. For a little added shine you can add a small amount of jojoba oil or the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste for texture. For each section, begin a standard two-strand twist. Repeat until all sections are finished.

Step 3: Loosen up each twist by using one hand to hold the ends and the other to pull 1 strand of the twist upward gently. This will help create a softer looking twist.

Step 4: Take down the back section of your hair and begin gathering all of the twists over the crown. Secure the twists with bobby pins or use an embellished barrette to dress up the look.

Step 5: To create a more whimsical style, use your fingers to pull apart and loosen up the twists.

Which of these half-up, half-down hairstyles is your favorite?

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