Master Half-Up, Half-Down Hair In Mere Minutes

Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.
By Meagan Wilson

Half-up, half-down. It sounds easy enough, right? You know what we're talking about — it's the kind of look that the Olsens can wear to the Met Gala without so much as a second glance. Ditto goes for Zoë Kravitz at Cannes. But if you're anything like us, you've tried your hand at a DIY with limited success. And while it seems like the ideal style for summer, the situation is only worsened by the humidity, addition of heat tools, and potential post-day drinking primping. Chances are, you end up finding yourself left with pulled-too-tight strands or not-cute, not-at-all-Olsen-like fluffy flyaways decorating your temples. Heeeeelp.

As we're apt to do, we enlisted the help of not just one expert, but two. We had the team behind Los Angeles' Lost Hills salon, Sera Sloane and Kate Schlichter, not only demonstrate the look for us — but also demonstrate it on Joelle Kutner, who you'll also notice is not in possession of the kind of long-ass princess hair that makes half-up, half-down styles that much easier. Here's how it's done:
Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.
Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.
2. Massage the scalp with your finger pads. This helps create natural volume.
Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.
3. Take a section of hair from behind your ears to the crown of your head with your pinky fingers, keeping a natural and messy look. Ditch the comb for this one, since you want it to look effortless.
Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.
4. Split the section in two. Take a small section from just outside each larger section and cross over to make an X, as if you were starting a fishtail braid.

5. Turn the pieces into a rope braid by twisting the sections in opposite directions and crossing them over each other.

6. Secure with small elastic, then place pins to hold shape and add lift.
7. Move around the roots with your finger pads one last time and use the same two Bumble and bumble products to finish.
Photo: Courtesy of The Coveteur.

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