How to Make a Half Up Bun

Updated April 17, 2017

Buns are a classically elegant look, but sometimes an occasion calls for a less dressy hairstyle. The half-up bun, a style sometimes seen on Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, puts a modern twist on a standard style. The bun is placed near the crown of the head, while the rest of the hair is left hanging loose.

Blow dry your hair. The direction of airflow from the dryer should be down the hair shaft to get the smoothest, straightest look. Sitting down in a chair and holding the dryer above your head can make this easier on your arms. Finish blow drying with a blast of cold air to make your hair easier to style.

Curl your hair using a wide-barrelled -- 1 1/2 inches or more -- curling iron. Create large ringlets all over your head. Use your fingers to separate the curls for a looser, messier look.

Tease the top half of your hair using a paddle brush instead of a comb. Push the brush down the whole length of the hair, moving toward the root. This gives more volume than just back combing the roots.Pull the top and the sides of your hair into a ponytail. Smooth out the top and sides by gently brushing over any bumps or fly-aways.

Wrap the ponytail into a bun or chignon. If necessary, use hairpins to keep the bun in place. Now you have a half-up bun that's elegant, yet interesting.


Add a flower or decorative comb to your half up bun for a more unique style.

Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer
  • Brush
  • Curling iron
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair pins
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About the Author

Nadria Tucker holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has contributed articles to "Birmingham Magazine" and "Lipstick Magazine" and her fiction has appeared in "THE2NDHAND," "New Southerner" and the fiction anthology "All Hands On: THE2NDHAND After 10."