Half Up Braids

I’m loving the braid trend right now (along with everyone else on pinterest) so here is a simple way to pull your hair out of your face with some braids! It can be done on almost any length hair (if you can pull it half up without braids, you can probably pull it half up with braids!).

Refer to this post to see what’s in my hair. 

**I’m wearing a new lip color by MAC called Bare Again.

**If you want to cover the bobby pins a little more, like I did, just grab a bit of hair near the pins and pin them so they cross over and hide the original pins.

(Like my new francesca’s bag? $16.00 baby! On clearance and then marked down even further!)
{shirt: J.Crew outlet Fall 2011, vest: Banana Republic outlet Winter 2010, bag: Francesca’s, Jewelry: Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry

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Comments (95)

  1. Posted October 31, 2011

    Love it! Thanks!

  2. Posted October 31, 2011

    very cute!!! I need to be more creative with my day-to-day hair styles haha.

    love the outfit too! 🙂

  3. Posted October 31, 2011

    Another great style option!
    I have always loved braids, but haven’t wore them in years because of my age. This is a nice way to sneak it into my style rotation when I let my hair go curly.

  4. Posted October 31, 2011

    I absolutely love your blog! I think I have learned more about how to do my hair in the past weekend from reading your blog than I have learned in my entire life! Thank you for being so helpful and taking the time to do so many tutorials. I wish I lived closer so you could be my new hairdresser! Happy Monday hun!


  5. Rheana says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    You are so pretty and your outfit is so cute!

  6. Posted October 31, 2011

    Super cute! You are so stylish too…:) Love the bag 🙂

  7. Posted October 31, 2011

    I agree! I see so many braided hairstyles on Pinterest! I’m so glad you did a tutorial on one!

  8. Posted October 31, 2011

    super cute love it!

  9. Ashley says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    What’s the name of the necklace you are wearing so I can buy one? I couldn’t find it on your etsy shop. I love it!

  10. Ashley says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    My email is [email protected] 🙂 Forgot to include it in the last comment! Thanks!

  11. Kandyce says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    I envy your curls!! My hair can never keep the curls.

  12. Posted October 31, 2011

    I am so in love with your blog! I came to it via Pinterest. I love your hair and look at your blog daily 🙂

  13. Posted October 31, 2011

    Hi Kate, ok, I just tried the formspring thing and I’m not computer smart enough to figure it out so I’ll just post here – sorry 🙁

    I’m getting my haircut this week and was wondering how you would currently say your hair is cut? And also the bangs…I have bangs but they aren’t working well, I think my last cut on them was terrible! Thanks!

  14. Lauren says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    So I tried to do this, but my hair is growing out from a graduated bob, and it wouldn’t work, so I decided to do a “bangs” twist with bobby pins and it turned out really cute! Basically just on one side. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Mallory says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    I want to buy the necklace and earings from your site. I couldn’t find them on there though! Let me know how I can purchase! my e-mail is [email protected].
    Thanks & great post~!

  16. Posted October 31, 2011

    I love this! I just tried your ponytail/headband tutorial this morning and my husband loved it! Thanks for all your tips!

  17. Posted October 31, 2011

    @The Whites: See this page: http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2011/09/my-haircut.html

    let me know if you have any other questions!

  18. ATC says
    Posted October 31, 2011

    Hi Kate…LOVE the bag! Could you post an item number or something so that I can try and located one for myself? Thanks!

  19. Posted October 31, 2011

    OK, this hairstyle is super cute! Thanks for posting the tutorial. I just stumbled across your blog today, and I’m already in love with everything here!

  20. Posted October 31, 2011

    LOVE this Kate! And your outfit too 🙂 Trying it for church this sunday 🙂

  21. Lindsay says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    This is gorgeous! I think I can totally give this a try! Thanks Kate, you rock. 🙂

  22. Posted November 1, 2011

    Very cute!! And what a steal on that bag…very pretty!

  23. Posted November 1, 2011

    Gorgeous hair- totally loving it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing. I really need some new hair ideas!

  24. Posted November 1, 2011

    i love this hair style! i’ll definitely be copying this! 🙂


  25. LC says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    LOVE this look too! I can’t do anything though with my hair though! Even with all the videos I just can’t get it right. 🙁

  26. Dayna says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    Gorgeous!! I have really enjoyed all your tutorials!! And I agree with Elizabeth….I’ve learned SO much from you and wish I lived closer so that you could be my hairdresser. And I found you through pinterest;)

  27. lala says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    What color is your nail polish? I love it!



  28. Hailey says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    I LOVE your blog….discovered it just a few days ago and find myself checking it all.the.time!

    For this reason I have passed the Liebster Blog Award onto you…check out the link below 🙂


  29. Posted November 1, 2011

    I will definitely be trying this hairstyle this week, thanks for the idea Kate!

  30. Posted November 1, 2011

    @lala: I think that was Essie Chinchilly!

  31. Beth says
    Posted November 1, 2011

    Thanks for another great tutorial!

    I’d love to buy that necklace as well but can’t find it in the shop, can I custom order it?


  32. Posted November 1, 2011

    Cute, cute!

  33. Posted November 1, 2011

    Hi Kate! I just found your blog and I cannot thank you enough. Your videos are fabulous and I’ve learned so much! Can’t wait to work on these styles. You are fantastic!! : )

  34. Casey says
    Posted November 1, 2011


  35. Tiffany says
    Posted November 2, 2011

    My sister loves your blog because it has given me the inspiration needed to pretty myself up. She says that you’ve helped me become a girl 🙂 hehe.. Thank you so much for your tutorials, I love the hairstyles and can’t wait to see what you do next!

  36. KC says
    Posted November 2, 2011

    Wore my hair like this to work today (I am a hairstylist) and everyone loved it…I even taugh two clients how to do it…so much fun

  37. Posted November 2, 2011

    Love it! Your shirt and vest are adorable and of COURSE I love your bag 🙂 Your stylin’ girl!

  38. alicia says
    Posted November 2, 2011

    I love this! gonna try to recreate 🙂

  39. Posted November 2, 2011

    beautiful! your blog is super cute as well!

  40. Posted November 2, 2011

    I look forward to seeing what you post every week. Love your tutorials!

  41. Posted November 2, 2011

    Beautiful hair. I would love for you to join my weekly linky party fri-monday come strut your stuff.


  42. Tiffany says
    Posted November 3, 2011

    I would LOVE to learn how to do a waterfall braid across the top of the head.. I can’t figure out what to do with the hair that I end with in the front.. You are amazing.

  43. Posted November 4, 2011

    I love braids too and this is a great style! So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  44. Char says
    Posted November 4, 2011

    You are adorable! And I totally will now do braids since you showed me how! Love your blog. 🙂

  45. Dawn S. says
    Posted November 5, 2011

    I tried looking for the bag at Francesca’s and I couldn’t find it! Love the bag!

  46. Steph B says
    Posted November 5, 2011

    I love your necklace! Did you make it and where can I get one?!? Love your website btw:)

  47. Posted November 6, 2011

    @Steph B: we aren’t taking any custom orders at this time, but after the holidays you can send us a message if you are interested!

  48. Posted November 7, 2011

    How do you always look so darn cute?!? I know you post videos, but my hair never seems to look like yours at the end 🙁 I buy all the stuff and do all the tips…sigh…..I’ll just watch the videos and do my best. I asked for a new blow dryer and straightner for Christmas…HA!! Maybe that will help me out. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  49. Dawn S. says
    Posted November 8, 2011

    Kate, do you have a link to where you found the bag?

  50. Posted November 8, 2011

    You are featured on New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Again–lol. My readers love you. Thanks for linking up!

  51. Posted November 9, 2011

    Seriously girl I LOVE you! you are so stinkin talented. I can’t wait to grow my hair out a little bit so I can do your fun dos. my favorite part is you have mid length hair and do the cutest things. Thank you for sharing them all. I wanted to drop by to let you know that I featured you this week on my show and share post. Come check it out and grab a feature button. Thank you so much for linking it up. http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-and-share-13-and-features.html

  52. Posted November 10, 2011

    @Dawn: it doesn’t have a style #! Sorry!!

  53. Posted November 11, 2011

    Hey Kate, thanks for linking to my party last weekend! Your braids are a hit, and will be featured at my party tomorrow night 🙂

  54. Bnikkel says
    Posted November 17, 2011

    I love your hair ! I have tried to style mine with the curls you have but I dont understand how to get my hair after I curl it and try to give it volume to not be so frizzy. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them !!

  55. Posted November 18, 2011

    I love your blog & all the awesome hair tips! when it comes to styling my own hair I like the “pull it up in a messy bun & slap a headband on for some bling” look. having 100 thumbs, and curly hair isn’t always conducive to a great styling experience. your tutorials are super easy and actually make me want to spend time doing my hair again! thanks do much for sharing :0)

  56. Posted November 20, 2011

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  57. Posted November 20, 2011

    I love your hair and your blog. I am too afraid to cut my hair that short, but is there a way that I could get more volume or a cut like yours with longer hair my hair is a little longer than chest length?? I would also love to have side bangs but I am afraid they will bug me I think they are so so cute though. Any tips would help thank you!

  58. Posted November 20, 2011

    @Ramblings: product will definitely help with volume on longer hair, and the way the layers are cut! Try volumizing products to help with lift!

  59. Hannah says
    Posted November 22, 2011

    I’ve been doing this hairstyle for awhile now only I do it by french braiding my bangs into the braid on that side of my head. I think it adds a nice touch and gets those annoying bangs out of my face for the day 🙂

  60. Lauren says
    Posted December 10, 2011

    This is really pretty! Especially from the back! I’m so glad I found your blog (I googled hot tools curling hair tutorials)!


  61. Tess says
    Posted December 27, 2011

    I love all your hairstyles!! I do most of them everyday. I just love them!

  62. Posted January 16, 2012

    I just found your blog today from pinterest! I’m so excited and can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

    I’ll be telling all my friends about your blog and I posted something on my fan page to check your blog out!

  63. Anonymous says
    Posted January 20, 2012

    thanks your awesome! i cut my hair short a month ago and it looks so boring i hate it. you showed me some new stuff that i cant wait to try 🙂

  64. Posted January 21, 2012

    I just found you blog on pinterest… I’m so excited with all you ideas, I’ve been having so much trouble with mu short hair lately… Thank you!

  65. Anonymous says
    Posted January 21, 2012

    I am soooooooo hair challenged this was the only tutorial I could do and have it look half decent. Do you have any suggestions?

  66. Carie Green says
    Posted February 13, 2012

    Hi Kate,
    thank you for the great ideas. Many beauticians do not like to give away their secrets. Thank you for not being one. I too, would love to buy those earings and necklace.
    Thanks for giving us some trade secrets.

  67. Carie Green says
    Posted February 13, 2012

    my email address is [email protected] if you want to tell me where the buy those accessories. Thanks!

  68. Donna says
    Posted February 27, 2012

    Love love love learning all this stuff BUT what color is your polish?

  69. Deirdre says
    Posted March 22, 2012

    Love this! I will try it out tomorrow!

  70. kasey nix says
    Posted May 31, 2012

    im pretty sure you just have perfect hair!(:

  71. Posted June 7, 2012

    This hairstyle is really pretty. I see lots of people in school who do this kind of braid, and it looks really good.

  72. Posted July 3, 2012

    I just came across your blog last night and LOVE it! I am always looking for different ways to do my hair, but have difficulty sometimes. I’m really hoping that your videos will help me look better! I can’t wait to try some of these new styles. Thank you for taking the time to write or video how to do these styles for the rest of the world : )

  73. Posted July 11, 2012

    I love the waves in your hair, I have thin straight hair, how would I get my hair to be wavy like yours? Its beautiful !

  74. Posted July 11, 2012

    Love it! Great tutorial, I’m going to try this I have long curly hair!

  75. Anonymous says
    Posted September 11, 2012

    This is so beautiful! I did this today, and it turned out great! 🙂 Thank you so much! I love your tutorials, I’m always looking for ways to style my shorter hair!

  76. Posted January 3, 2013

    What kind of products do you use…I guess what I’m trying to ask is how to get you that texture-ey/piecey look in your hair?

  77. Mousumi says
    Posted March 31, 2013

    Nice stylish Half Up Braid option. Greatly done.

  78. Posted August 25, 2013

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  79. Posted August 25, 2013

    I would love a hairstyle like yours. If I went to my local salon, what would I tell them to do? I have hair that is a bit layered but have always wanted the body on top but it’s so thick that it pulls down. Any suggestions? Also, love your bangs but am TERRIFIED of cutting my long lengths. Thanks for info.
    [email protected]

  80. Jesse says
    Posted May 15, 2014

    I just found your site tonight and love it!!!! I love this cute style. I have shoulder length hair and no bangs. Do you think this would still work. Unfortunately I do not have time to curl in the morning.

  81. Jen says
    Posted July 27, 2014

    I am the MOH in a wedding next weekend and am going to recreate this hairstyle. Thank you for the inspiration!

  82. angela briana lopez says
    Posted October 7, 2014

    You need to come to my house to do my hair

  83. Emily says
    Posted October 23, 2014


  84. Jesse Lee says
    Posted May 9, 2015

    How long is your hair here before you curled it? I love love your hairstyles but I have always had extremely long hair and I need a change. My hair is very thick and heavy. I want it short but not so short I can not put into a ponytail ( I work outside ).

  85. Leslie says
    Posted October 6, 2015

    I love your videos! I recently went to a wedding and did my hair like this by myself and felt so happy and confident. I have always spent a ton of money going to the salon before a wedding or military ball, and this was the best I have ever felt or looked, so I’m really appreciative of your step by step tutorials and the clear links for more info! Yay!!

  86. Monica Erwin says
    Posted September 14, 2016

    I tried this but when it’s time to pull the braids back it left side horns where the braid starts and didn’t lay flat against my head. I braided it like you too, top over middle. Ugh 🙁 Any suggestions?