Half up hairstyles are fast becoming one of the year's hottest beauty trends, thanks to Kate Middleton and her favourite bouffant 'do. See more celebrity styles, here...
Half up hairstyles are fast becoming one of the year’s hottest beauty trends, thanks partly to Kate Middleton and her much-loved bouffant.
But the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only VIP fan – half up hairstyles have been seen everywhere from the Cannes red carpet to the glitzy movie premieres and even the Oscars this year.
Loved by stylists for their simplicity and chic glossy finish, it’s really not hard to see why this style is so popular at the moment.
Half up hairstyles complement everything from strapless dresses to asymmetric styles and intricate necklines, as demonstrated by Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Jessica Alba.
All three look stunning as they pose like professionals without a strand out of place at glamorous events.
Rachel Bilson is another actress who loves to style her tresses like this – she’s even managed to find a way to make the trend her own. The pretty OC star builds her ‘do around a centre parting and the end result is beautifully boho.
Totally a look that we would try and have a go at recreating for laid-back garden party or a day spent soaking up the sun by the seaside with friends.
A truly versatile ‘do, half up hairstyles are also great for downtime, too. A loose half up, half down ‘do is perfect for a weekend stroll around the shops or a coffee in town – just grab some kirby grips and go!
Half up hairstyles are also brilliant wedding looks – for brides and members of their bridal party – and suit almost every face shape. Plus they’re easy to do yourself at home.
Pop in a sparking slide for a fancy final flourish if you decide to wear one for a special occasion.
Half up hairstyles can also be easily adapted depending on your mood, side braids will add a hippy vibe, while a grungy look can be achieved if you pull half your hair back into a messy bun.
Worried that your locks won’t work in this style? Don’t be. We’d recommend anyone with fine tresses trying out this trend.
Glee beauty Dianna Agron likes to add body with thick waves.
Keep reading to see the stars’ best half up hairstyles of all time and take inspiration for your own…
Doutzen Kroes was a vision at the Youth premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival with a relaxed half-up, half-down hairstyle. The stunning blonde model completed her summery look with natural make-up.
Paris Hilton styles the top half of her tresses to one side before securing everything in place with pins for an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Poppy Delevingne updates the classic half-up, half-down look for a Target event in New York. She braids the side sections of her hair and the end result is summery and stunning.
While Pregnant Kate Middleton showed off one of her chicest half up hairstyles to date as she attended the Queen’s Coronation service in London. The Duchess, who arrived with a big baby bump on show, complemented her custom-made Jenny Packham dress with a sleek half-up chignon, and impeccably blow-dried long locks. A nude Jane Taylor hat finished off her lovely look.
The queen of half up hairstyles, Glee girl Dianna Agron’s supremely polished ‘do was a beauty hit at the Golden Globes. The gentle curls add volume to her usually fine locks, while the glittering clip pins the waves off her face. Beautiful.
Our current style crush, Jessica Chastain, added volume to her super-straight locks with a va-va-voom half up hairstyle and gentle curls.
The most sought after of all the half up hairstyles, Kate Middleton’s wedding look sparked thousands of copies around the country. Chic, elegant and above all, wearable, the former Ms. Middleton’s simple demi-chicnon scores serious hair points in our book.
Completing her signature, understated look, Emma Stone’s loose, pinned back ‘do is pretty and polished. Half up hairstyles have never looked better?
Boho babe Rachel Bilson gave her half up hairstyle a beachy makeover, wearing her long locks loose and laid-back. We. Love.
The sexiest of half up hairstyles, Penelope Cruz’s loose ‘do perfectly complements her asymmetric dress.
Jessica Chastain wore her long locks lose and wavy, pinned back with simple twists each side for an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. An easy style to recreate at home?
Wedding hairstyles don’t come better than Pippa Middleton’s half up, half down ‘do. Echoing her sister’s pretty style, the royal bridesmaid secured hers with a sprig of spring flowers.
A huge fan of fuss-free hairstyles, Blake Lively often sports a sideswept, half up ‘do. A loose curl and wavy tendrils frame her face, while height at the crown adds volume.
Half up hairstyles don’t come better than Jessica Alba’s. The swept back style complements her face shape, while a pretty plait secures the style in place. The perfect summer look.
How could we forget Angelina Jolie’s Oscars half up hairstyle? We’re not sure what caused the most waves on the red carpet – that or Brad Pitt on her arm!
Yet another take on Kate Middleton’s favourite half up hairstyle, the royal wore her long locks in a loose demi-bun during an official outing overseas in 2012. Timeless.
The most elegant of half up hairstyles, Emily Blunt’s sleek ‘do is the epitome of chic.
An ideal half up hairstyle for those with fine locks, Kayley Cuoco’s bouffant ‘do adds volume, while loose tendrils of fringe frame the face.
Eva Longoria keeps her thick brunette locks in check on the red carpet with a loosely styled half up ‘do.