Curly hairstyles are beautiful and charming, like a flower. Every woman wants to look attractive and gorgeous in every event she participates in.
For this reason, we choose the right outfit with matching accessories according to our choice; similarly, hairstyle is one of the most important aspects for grooming ourselves for an occasion.
If you are looking for some great ideas for curly half-up, half-down hairstyles, here is the collection of 50 beautiful half updos with curls that will give you an elegant look.
These are perfect-timing solutions for those who don’t want their hair tied in buns every time they have special events to attend. So let’s dive into these curly hairdos and look at them individually.
Curly Half Up Half Down Hairstyles For Black Hair
01. Top Knot And Curls
This hairdo is perfect because there’s no styling required after getting out of the shower. It looks stunning, especially when curled under at the end, giving your face an excellent lift.
02. Bantu Knots
Many people think that when you have natural hair, you don’t need to moisturize. This couldn’t be further from the truth. For one, your hair needs all the moisture it can get because once it’s gone, there is no guarantee that it’ll come back unless you put in an extraordinary amount of effort to ensure it’s always healthy.
03. Curly Bun
I’m a big fan of this look as well because it makes me feel like I’m living my best life and gives off primary “GOALS” vibes which allows me to fantasize about having as much swag as this girl does with her hair. I would only suggest doing this look either when your curls are freshly washed or if you’re going to curl them afterward because it does add a little bit of unnecessary weight and might loosen the curl pattern in your hair.
04. Loose Waves
If you’re looking for something simple, then you should try out this half-up half-down hairstyle because it’s much easier than it looks. You can use a 1-inch curling iron to get the loose waves like in the picture; take about 2-3 inch sections and twist them around clockwise, then just let them cool/set while still twisted around the barrel of the curling iron once they’ve cooled off the release and move on to the next section.
05. Curly Pony
For this look, I would suggest curling your entire headfirst, getting all of your hair curled under throughout the half-up half-down hairstyle for black hair. You might need to use a heat protectant if you’ve never curled your hair before or haven’t in a while because it can become easily damaged depending on how frequently you do it. After that, pile it into a cute-looking messy ponytail using whatever method you typically use to tie up your hair at night.
06. Half Up Half Down Wavy Hair
This is another great way to rock those waves without curling them beforehand. The best part about these waves is that they look effortless and stunning simultaneously. And since your hair is already wavy, to begin with, you don’t have to worry about losing any of the curl patterns in your hair when pulling it up into a half up half down hairstyle like this one.
I feel like pigtails are another great way to style curly black hair because it gives it some variety and allows you to switch things up from time to time; plus, it brings back memories of when we were younger. Curl all of your hair before doing these half-up half-down hairstyles, and make sure each section is tighter than the other so when you pull them out, they’ll be super defined and not so loose.
08. Double Top Knot
This is another hairstyle that requires no styling at all. You have to wash your hair and put it into pigtails once it’s dried; then, you can either leave the rest of your hair out or tie it up with a band in front of each pigtail, creating little top knots tied together in the middle.
09. Half Up Half Down Ponytail
This half up half down hairstyle for black hair is great because you don’t have to curl anything beforehand, which is always a bonus when doing curly girl hairstyles. Also, since it’s only pulled halfway through, this makes for a very lightweight way to keep those curls off your neck and shoulders, which will not only keep you cool but also help you to maintain the curl pattern for longer.
10. Half Up Half Down Bun
If you’re looking for something low-key yet still super stylish, then this half up half down hairstyle for black hair is perfect because it is still simple enough to do on a busy weekday morning before work/school, but it’ll also ensure that your hair doesn’t look bad by the time lunch rolls around.
11. High Top Fade
I love this half-up half-down hairstyle for black hair because it’s simple yet trendy at the same time. Whether you’re running errands with your friends or are headed out to a party, this hairstyle will have you looking sharp and cute no matter what the occasion is. The best part about these little high-top fades is that there’s no heat required to get them, so they’ll last all day long.
12. Half Up Half Down Top Knot
This style is similar to the previous one only this half-up half-down hairstyle for black girls requires more hair because your entire head isn’t being pulled through as it would be in the other high-top fade styles. To achieve these waves, I’d curl two sections on either side of my head and leave the rest out. You can still curl it all if you want to but make sure that the curls are tighter on the sections closer to your face so that they’ll be more defined when you pull them into a high top knot.
13. Half Up Half Down Mohawk
Here’s another tremendous half-up half-down hairstyle for black hair because this one features some super soft curls throughout, which give it a very soft, romantic feel. If you straighten your hair before doing these curls, then don’t worry about losing any of those beautiful waves; they should stay intact. Plus, this style is really low maintenance, so after getting out of bed in the morning, all you have to do is brush through your hair with your fingers, and you’re good to go.
14. Half Up Half Down Wavy Ponytail
My favorite thing about half-up, half-down hairstyles for black hair is that there are many different ways to do them. This particular one is great because it’s a soft, romantic, yet still powerful statement simultaneously. You can either curl all of your hair or leave some out and pull it into a ponytail.
15. Mohawk Half Up Half Down
If you love half-up half-down hairstyles for black hair but you don’t want to go the mohawk route, then this is a great way to rock those curls still while adding a few extra layers. I’d recommend leaving your hair out in the front and pulling your curls through into a high ponytail after curling them with a large barrel wand; make sure that you’re using a heat protectant first.
16. Loose Curls
For this particular style, whether or not it’s appropriate for work depends on your workplace policies. However, there are many other places where this look would be amazing, such as at an outdoor music festival or even just hanging out with friends at home because it’s so simple, yet it is the best half-up half-down hairstyle for black hair. To achieve this look, all you have to do is curl your hair with a medium or large curling iron, then leave the front out while pulling everything back into a low ponytail and securing it with an elastic band.
17. Half Up Half Down Straight and Wavy
I love this style because it’s so sleek and sexy but adorns those beautiful ringlet curls, which we all know are amazing on curly-haired women, especially those with naturally textured hair. While this is probably one of the more high-maintenance styles, depending on how often you want to straighten your waves/curls, it isn’t as time-consuming as others.
18. Half Up Half Down Twisty Bun
This particular one features two sections of curls on either side of the head which are pulled back into a bun after being twisted around each other. Adding an accessory like a bow brings more attention to this simple yet elegant look.
19. Twisted Pigtails Pulled Into a Ponytail
If you have a fringe or some bangs on your forehead, this is an excellent style for showing them off. Get these curls to curl your hair in alternating directions away from your face and then towards it if that makes sense. While doing each of those two sections of hair, twist them around each other simultaneously, so it’s easier to pull everything into a high ponytail once they’re all curled.
20. Half Up Half Down Curly Bun
I love half-up half-down hairstyles for black hair with curly hair because there are many ways to achieve them. This particular one is really easy because all you do is pull both of the front pieces of hair back into a ponytail and then twist them around each other before securing the twisted section with an elastic band. After that, pull your hair up into a high bun, and you’re done.
21. Half Up Half Down Wavy
I’ve said it before and will repeat it: half-up half-down hairstyles for black hair rock. This particular style is really low maintenance because all you have to do is curl everything away from the face and leave the front pieces out while pulling everything back into a ponytail after twisting those pieces together.
22. Curl Crown
While this look isn’t as popular as some of the others on this list, like most things with our skin tone, it can be modified in ways where it works a lot better for us. The key to this style is simply wearing your hair in its natural texture and letting those curls pop. To make it even chicer, curl the front pieces of your hair away from the face and go wild with accessories like headbands or bows to pull together your look.
23. Super Low Bun
This is such an easy yet elegant hairstyle that can be done on either straight or curly hair, it entirely depends on what you’re going into that day. All you have to do in this style is start by pulling all of your hair back into a low ponytail, making sure that everything is secure and no flyaways are hanging out anywhere. From there, roll those ends, so they eventually form a bun and secure with bobby pins.
24. Twisted Side Bun
This is another great style if you want to show off your bangs, but it shows that bobbling effect that we love so much on curly-haired girls. All you have to do for this style is curl your hair in alternating directions and then pull all the front pieces back into a high ponytail while twisting them around each other right underneath, where you will secure them. Once everything is twisted together, pull it up into a cute little half up half down bun like shown above and add some accessories like ribbon or even flowers for added flair.
25. Curly Updo
While the look above has more defined curls, this one can be done even if your natural texture is looser like mine. This, too, can be styled on straight or curly hair because it simply pulls all of the front pieces back into a high ponytail but leaves the rest of the hair down though there are many different variations you can try to make this style suit your taste.
26. Loose Pin Curls
If you love that vintage look, I have the perfect style for you. All you have to do to achieve these pin curls is curl your hair backward, starting at the top section closest to your face and working yourself down. Once everything’s curled-up secure each one with bobby pins, so they hold throughout your day.
27. Teased Pony
This is another great style for curly hair that can be done with or without bangs, though if you have the former, it’s best to curl everything away from the face, so it doesn’t get in your way. All you have to do is tease your roots first before grabbing all of your hair into a high ponytail. Not only will this style keep things cool on those hot summer days, but it also has an added sexy factor for girls.
28. Beachy Waves
If you love that young girl’s beachy waves hairstyle, I’ve got the perfect tutorial for you. To achieve these loose curls, grab small sections of hair at a time and pin curl them and then spray with a salt spray like Oribe’s Surfcomber Tousled Texture Spray for added texture and hold. Don’t forget to curl those front pieces away from the face.
29. Twisted Bun
This style might be hard to achieve, but if you use smaller sections of hair as you twist each piece together, there is no chance of having those weird bumps that sometimes happen when you bobby pin thick sections into a bun. All you have to do is pull your hair back into a low ponytail while twisting each strand in different directions until they form one extensive twisted section, eventually turning into your half-up half-down bun.
30. Sexy Kink
If you have thick hair, then this is the style for you because it shows off that gorgeous natural texture that you get from your hair when it’s naturally curly. All you have to do is define your curl by spritzing in some volume spray like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray, backcomb each section before securing it with bobby pins, and finally, pull out a few strands around your face, so there are no harsh lines.
31. Half Updo with Headband
This is another great way to show off those beautiful waves if you’re going out on a date or want a cute look to sport around town. To achieve this style, take them section by section and curl them away from the face before pulling them back and securing them with a headband or your favorite accessory. Then run your hands through to loosen up those pretty little curls you created.
32. Loose Side Knot
If you’re not feeling too bold but still want something fun to spice up your look, then this is the style for you. All you have to do is grab a section of hair from each side of your head and tie them together at the nape of your neck, ensuring they are both even. Then let the rest hang however it wants because there’s no method to achieve this one besides it being a matter of personal preference.
33. Half Updo with Headband 2
This half up half down hairstyle is perfect for girls with bangs because it allows you to show off your amazing facial features without having the pesky headbands block out part of your beautifully unique features. To achieve this style, all you have to do is backcomb each section before securing it with a rubber band, leaving one strand down in front so that there are no harsh lines when your hair is pulled back into an adorable little bun.
34. Twisted Bun with Bangs
This low messy bun with bangs is very trendy and has the option of either straight or wavy hair though curly-haired girls can achieve this look just as well. All you have to do is curl each side back away from your face before twisting everything together at the nape of your neck and securing it with a hair elastic and bobby pins.
35. Twisted Low Bun
This low half-up bun is perfect for showing off those amazing highlights in your hair that you worked so hard to achieve in the salon. To get this style, all you have to do is rough-dry your hair before working them into small twisted sections at the nape of your neck and then securing it with bobby pins.
36. High Side Bun
If you’re looking for something beautiful yet simple, this high-side bun is perfect because it only requires three steps. All you have to do is pull your hair over to one side before twisting it into a messy bun and securing it with bobby pins.
37. Twisted Low Bun 2
This is the perfect half-up half-down hairstyle for girls who don’t like having sleek hair because of all the teasing that goes into creating this look. All you have to do is curl your hair away from your face while keeping some consistent volume in different strands throughout your head so it doesn’t look too flat. Then twist them together at the nape of your neck and fix any weird kinks before securing them with bobby pins.
38. Half Up Half Down Curls
For those blessed with amazing curls, this half up half down hairstyle is perfect for any special occasion. All you have to do is curl away from your face and then pull the rest of your hair into a half-up half-down ponytail before securing it with bobby pins. Then use some medium-hold hairspray to keep those gorgeous curls in place all night.
39. Half Updo with Headband 3
This look is great if you want to show off your amazing cheekbones or even want something simple yet stylish to give you enough volume throughout each section of your hair. To achieve this look, backcomb each section before pulling them back into a high bun and then using a headband as an accessory to finish the style. You can also pull two french braids back from your temples with this look for an even more unique style.
40. Half Up Half Down Curls 2
This isn’t the most elaborate hairstyle, but it’s still beautiful and requires little time, which is always a huge plus in my book. All you have to do is pull your hair up into a half ponytail before taking out one strand of hair on either side of your head that hasn’t been pulled back yet. Once you’ve done so, curl each section away from your face before putting everything back together in a low ponytail and securing it with bobby pins. Then finish off the look with some medium-hold hairspray.
41. DIY Headband Bun
If you’re looking for something simple yet stylish to wear with your favorite summer outfit, then this cute headband bun is perfect because it will keep your hair off of your neck, but it will also give you that extra little volume that every girl loves. All you have to do is pull all of your hair back into a low ponytail before pulling the front strands down over the elastic and then wrapping them around it before tucking them under. You can do this as tight or loose as you want, so don’t worry about messing up.
42. Half Updo with Headband 4
This look is similar to hairstyle number four, but I thought it was completely different enough to include it since the choice is ultimately up to you. To achieve this look, pull all of your hair back into a low ponytail and then wrap the front strands around the elastic creating a headband look, before tucking them underneath.
43. Half Updo with Headband 5
This half up half down hairstyle is perfect if you have short hair or even medium-length hair, so there is no need to worry, ladies. All you have to do is curl each section away from your face before pulling them back and using a headband as an accessory to create a cute half updo. Then take the rest of your and put it in a low ponytail, add a thin headband, and you’re ready to go.
44. Half Updo with Headband 6
This half-up half-down hairstyle is perfect for those of you who have thin or thinning hair because it won’t weigh your hair down at all and will keep it off of your face, making you look thinner too. All you have to do is pull each section backward before using a thin headband as an accessory and wrapping the front strands around it.
45. Messy Curls with Headband
This half-down half-up hairstyle is perfect for those of you with thin hair because it won’t add any extra volume. To achieve this look, backcomb the crown area and smooth down the rest of your hair before pulling it into a low ponytail. Then pull out two strands of hair on each side of your face that haven’t been pulled back yet and curl them away to finish this perfect messy curly half-up half-down hairstyle.
46. Ponytail with Headband
This is what I like to call a lazy girl’s hairstyle because all you have to do is throw your hair in a high ponytail and add a thin headband for some cute, stylish volume throughout the top of your head and at the crown area. No need to spend hours styling when you can get an equally classy look in five minutes or less.
47. Curly Half Updo With Side Bangs
This is an ideal hairstyle for teenage girls who always wants something special or unique on their pretty head. The hair is tied in a ponytail at the back while some curls are left on your side, giving you an attractive look with the modern half updo and half down do styles.
48. Creating Curly Updo Hairstyles For African American Hair
If you want to try out something unique, then you can wear this cute curly half-up half-down hairstyle which only consists of a simple black bow at the edge of your face. With this hairstyle, you will look like a beautiful doll with perfectly designed curls and a black bow at one side of your face.
49. Perfect Curly Half Updo Hairstyles For Prom
If you want to try out something unique, then you can wear this cute curly half-up half-down hairstyle which only consists of the simple black bow at the edge of your face. This gorgeous hairstyle will give you maximum comfort while wearing it on any special occasion.
50. Elegant Curly Half Up Hairstyles
This is an ideal hairstyle for teenage girls who always wants something unique or special on their pretty head. The hair is brought into buns at the back while some curls are left on your side, giving you an elegant look with perfect bouncing curls.
Curly Half Up Half Down Hairstyles for Black Hair can be an excellent choice for those who want a stylish and versatile look. However, there are also some potential drawbacks to consider:
- It provides a stylish look you can dress up or down for various occasions.
- The style can be achieved with natural hair or extensions, allowing for versatility in styling.
- Half-up styles are great for keeping hair out of the face while still showing off the length and texture of the curls.
- It requires some skill and time to achieve the desired look, especially if working with natural hair.
- It may not hold up well in humid or rainy weather, leading to frizz or limp curls.
- It can be more challenging to maintain and keep looking fresh than more straightforward hairstyles.