Half up half down on curly hair

Being in lockdown has meant that I’ve had the time to try out some new hairstyles. Space buns are an indoor favourite for me and so easy to do. But, at the end of the day I’m a very boring girl and I like my simple hairstyles. A low bun, ponytail or half up half down are my three go-to hairstyles. So when I realised that my hair was finally long enough when its natural to wear it half up half down, I was chuffed.

If you do this hairstyle straight out of the shower, then you’ll get a lot more definition – see below. But if you wash your hair, tie it back for a couple of days and leave it in a low bun, then your hair will have stretched slightly. The bottom pieces of my hair drop really nicely and then the middle section tends to shrink up a lot. So I find that wearing my hair in a bun for a couple of days really helps to maximise length.

A lot of the time however, I want more definition than length. I find that if this is you too, working with fresh or next day hair is best. A really big tip that I’ve picked up over the past month or two is not just to scrunch your curl products into your hair, but to brush them through as soon as you get out of the shower. This is my biggest moisture mention tip. I found that when I would scrunch products into my hair, it would dry out quicker. Now, when I brush the products through, my hair remains moisturised for 2-3 days after washing. I wash my hair roughly every 3 days, sometimes less.

For this particular hairstyle, I used bobby pinks to secure the hair at the back. Something you have to learn with curly hair is that it is not meant to sit flat. I used to spend hours trying to pull my hair back and get it to sit flat against my head. In reality, my hair is just not made to do this. So when I say I secure it using bobby pins, please note that it might not feel like your hair is secure – but it is. My hair is really thick so a small bobby pin is not going to do the same job as a crab claw clip, for example. However, just simply pinning the hair back it enough to achieve this hairstyle.

And I think it looks really nice overall! It’s a great way to relieve your scalp from the strain of always having your hair tied back and its great to let your hair be free once in a while.

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