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12 Half-Up, Half-Down Hairstyles for Black Hair

These half-up, half-down hairstyles are far from boring.
26 Oct 2022
Half-up, half-down hairstyles for Black hair are not limited to simple ponytails. There are so many varieties of sporting a half-up hairstyle from buns to ponytails to braids. The options are truly endless. And since half-up, half-down hairstyles work for all occasions from hitting the gym for your favorite workout class to the office to a night out on the town, there’s no reason not to add these styles for curly Black hair to your arsenal. For 12 easy-to-recreate half-down, half-up hairstyles that you can rock on your naturally curly hair, keep scrolling.

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1. Half-Up, Half Down High Pony

Half-Up, Half Down High Pony


The most basic half-up, half-down hairstyle is with a high ponytail hairstyle for Black hair. This is one of the easiest half-up, half-down hairstyles that requires no skill to achieve. Part the hair down the middle of the head, horizontally. Secure the top portion of the hair into a high ponytail and leave the bottom portion out. Spritz with Coco Crème Curl Perfecting Water Coco Mist Spray for definition. Bonus: This style is perfect for mama-and-me half-up, half down hairstyles for Black hair.

2. Half-Up, Half-Down Top Knot

Top-knots are one of those comes-in-clutch-at-all-times kinds of hairstyles that never gets old, but you can still rock the style without putting all of your hair up. To create this style, section off the portion of hair you want to pull up and secure the rest to get it out of the way. Use a styling cream like the Coco Creme Curl Shaping Cream Gel to smooth the hair before creating your top knot. Once the hair is prepped with your styler, pull the hair back into a ponytail. With another elastic or bobby pins, secure your top knot and style as desired.

3. Half-Up, Half Down Braidless Crochet

For a half-up, half-down weave ponytail hairstyle for Black hair, consider this braidless crochet look that will turn heads anywhere you go. Since the only part of your natural hair that will be exposed is from the hairline to the base of the ponytail, consider using a light hold styling product to keep flyaways at bay. The Wash Day Delight Hair Gel to Foam Styler adds natural sheen and a soft hold without causing flaking or crunch.

4. Half-Up, Half-Down Bubble Braid Pigtails

Half-Up, Half-Down Bubble Braid Pigtails


Bubble braids work on natural hair, too. This is a playful, but simple style for curly Black hair. Create a section of hair from your right temple to your left temple and then make a middle part. Making even parts, about 1-2 inches long, create a ponytail with a hair elastic and continue this process adding the former ponytail into the next. Once the hair is complete, add elastics, evenly spaced, until the end of your hair. To make the bubble braid larger, gently pull on each side of the bubble until your desired size is achieved. For a shiny, frizz-free style, Apply a dime-sized amount of Mimosa Hair Honey to both sections before styling.

5. Half-Up, Half-Down Pineapple

Another half-down, half-up hairstyle is a partial pineapple. You’ll create this the same as a traditional pineapple, but leaving the bottom portion of the hair out. To keep your edges smooth all-day long, add a dollop of the Marguerite’s Magic Restorative Cream before securing your pineapple with a large scrunchie.

6. Half-Up, Half-Down Blown-Out Pompadour

Curly hair half-up, half-down hairstyles don’t have to be sported on natural hair. This blown-out pompadour look is gorgeous. You’ll want to start with fully dry, blown out locks to master this hairstyle for Black hair. To keep your strands shiny and moisturized, add a small amount of Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend Scalp and Hair Oil from root to tip before styling.

7. Half-Up, Half Down Box Braided Hairstyle for Black Hair

Half-Up, Half Down Box Braided Hairstyle for Black Hair


Half-up, half-down weave hairstyles, like box braids, are super cute and take very little effort to pull off. This style features a swoop bang and high ponytail that’s perfect for a day at the pool or dinner out with your girls. It’s truly versatile.

8. Half-Up, Half Down Mini Twists

Half-Up, Half Down Mini Twists


Preparing to sport a twist out? Give your strands a break and rock mini twists for a day or two before unraveling. And while you’re at it, rock a half-up, half-down hairstyle, too. To keep your style frizz-free, we recommend applying hair butter to keep hair moisturized and smooth. Our favorite for this style? The Hair Milk Curl Defining Butter.

9. Half-Up, Half-Down Bantu Knots

For an edgy half-up, half-down hairstyle for black hair, consider these bantu knots. The number of knots is totally up to you and they’re pretty easy to accomplish. Simply twist or braid the hair and then twist or wrap it around the base of the plait until a knot is created. To keep these knots in place, you can secure it with an elastic or a bobby pin. Use the Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother to slick down and style baby hairs, too.

10. Half-Up, Half-Down Claw Clipped Braids or Locs

Half-Up, Half-Down Claw Clipped Braids or Locs


Claw clips are one of the hottest accessories this season and, yes, they work on black hair. Whether you’re doing this half-up, half-down hairstyle with box braids or your natural hair, you want to make sure your claw clip is wide enough to fit your hair. The Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum will keep hair full of sheen from root to tip.

11. Half-Up, Half Down Pony With Hair Scarf

Another popular hair accessory, the hair scarf, takes half-down, half-up hairstyles to the next level. Part your hair in half, horizontally and add a ponytail close to the part line and secure with a colorful scarf. If you want, pull out small curls around your hairline to frame your face.

12. Half-Up, Half-Down Throwback Pigtails

This grown-woman edition of pigtails is too cute not to recreate. For this style, to give your natural hair major definition consider using a curl cream like the Healthy Hair Butter. It will keep curls shiny, soft and perfectly defined.

Looking for more hairstyle ideas? Try a curly updo braided bun hairstyle for Black hair.

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