Master the half-up half-down style

It’s the fashion week hair we’re madly in love with

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 08 2017

Can’t decide whether you want your hair arranged in an updo or down in cascading waves? Go for something in the middle. It was no surprise that the pasta-printed dresses and oversized headpieces stole the spotlight at the Dolce & Gabbana show, but the gorgeous half-up half-down hairstyles deserve a mention too. Not only is this ‘do a cinch to master, it also works well on medium to long hair lengths, and even those with fine hair as there are no elastics needed. Read on to discover how to achieve this runway-ready hairstyle.


Prep the hair

With Redken Satinwear 04 Thermal Smoothing Blow-Dry Lotion, apply a small dollop to damp hair to heat protect and smooth the strands.


Dry it off

Part your hair in the middle with a tail comb (like Kevin.Murphy Tail.Comb) and blow-dry the roots with Parlux Advance Light Ceramic and Ionic Hair Dryer to set the part. Then, allow the mid-lengths and ends to dry naturally.


Give the hair hold

Once your hair is completely dry, add Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray to add texture and grip.


Pull it back

Take the front sections on either side of your part (about four centimetres wide) and pull them back loosely. Give them a half twist at the back before securing with bobby pins (Lady Jayne x We Are Handsome Brown Bobby Pins work well here).


Add loose waves

Using a large-barrelled curling iron such as VS Sassoon Miss VS Total Curl (this one also comes with detachable barrels of different sizes for a customised finish), wrap small sections of hair loosely around the tool to add some smooth texture and to keep the look beautiful and natural. 


Try an accessory

To complete the look like they did at the Dolce & Gabbana SS17 show, add a decorative headpiece like Alannah Hill Flower Bomb Fascinator for a touch of glamour.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.