We wanted to create a formal half up half down hairstyle for our tutorial this week. I'm sure many of you will be attending holiday parties, formal dances, recitals, concerts, church, winter weddings, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah, New Years Eve (among other fancy schmancy events) this season. This fancy hairstyle would be perfect for many of these special occasions and is actually quite easy to recreate. Yay!
One of our all time favorite hairstyling techniques (and one of the very first posts we ever placed on this hair blog) is the "chain braid." It has been quite awhile since we have shown this technique in a hairstyle, so we wanted to add a chain to this elegant style today. The Princess always receives compliments when she is wearing chains (as they are quite unique looking.) I'm sure you will too!
As you can see, we placed a chain on just one side of this hairstyle and left the other side plain. If you prefer, you can add a chain to both sides.
Since the Princess doesn't have any bangs, we used the hair in the very front to create our headband made of hair.... which we refer to as "Barbie bangs." If your daughter has bangs (or fringe) cut, you can make the headband directly behind the bangs and it should work just fine.
And then of course, what would a half updo be without some cascading curls? We love the "princessy" look of this hairstyle and the glamorous volume created with these curls. Beyond the holidays, I could see this working for Prom, Homecoming, or maybe even a bride.
Supplies needed to recreate this style:
- 3 small elastics
- Several bobby pins
- Water, gel, or pomade to help control flyaways
- Curling iron or curling wand
I would plan on about 15 minutes to complete this pretty hairstyle (depending on how much of the hair you choose to curl.) As shown in our video below, we only curled the hair in the half ponytail, which did save some time.
Cascading Curls and Chains Half Up Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)