The Fake Half Up

If I had to choose, I would rather wear my hair down vs. up. I like a lot of “up” styles, but I probably wear my hair down 90% of the time!
So I created this simple style to jazz up “down” hair a little and make it look like it’s half up! 
And the best thing about this style is that nearly everyone, with any hair length, can do this!
Refer to this post to see what products are in my hair. 
Refer to this post to see how my hair is curled. 
fake half up- the small things blog
Shirt: Gap Winter 2012 I Necklace: Target Winter 2012 I Earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie (not available) 

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Comments (60)

  1. Melissa says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    Very cute!

    Melissa from Grin and Barrett Blog

  2. Tegan says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    Super cute! I might have to try this today!

  3. Posted January 30, 2012

    I love how you have combined these pieces – beutiful
    Helen xx

  4. Posted January 30, 2012

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful tutorials! They inspire me to try new things with my own hair instead of the same hairstyle every day. I love wearing my hair half up and I will definitely try this one out 🙂

  5. Posted January 30, 2012

    Perfect! I feel like I have to go all the way up with my hair or all the way down. This is such a cute incorporation of both!

  6. Posted January 30, 2012

    This seems really silly, but sometimes I struggle putting the bobby pins in my hair correctly, is there anyway you can do a close up video of it or maybe have any tips for me?

    • Kate says
      Posted January 30, 2012

      Check some of my other tutorials for more bobby pin usage. 🙂

  7. Deb says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    Love this hair style!

  8. Posted January 30, 2012

    you are so beautiful!!

  9. Unknown says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    Love your necklace! Is it a mint color? So cute!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 30, 2012

      Yes, it’s Mint. Target has a purple and pink version too!

  10. Jessica says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    LOVE your blog, especially the hairstyle tutorials. I am trying to be more creative with my hair and these are so helpful!

  11. Posted January 30, 2012

    Love this ‘do! It looks super easy. I’m so jealous of how you curl your hair. Mine is so thick and I feel like it would NEVER look like this!


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  12. LuLu says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    Please share, was the necklace a recent Target purchase?

    • Kate says
      Posted January 30, 2012

      It was!

  13. Posted January 30, 2012

    I love that! I think it would be so much easier to do that rather than trying to get everything pulled back and pinned together neatly!

    • Basanta says
      Posted July 22, 2014

      Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn atnnhiyg like this before. So nice to search out any person with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this website is one thing that is wanted on the web, someone with a bit of originality. useful job for bringing something new to the web!

  14. Posted January 30, 2012

    I “cheat” with this hairstyle too! And is it bad if I say that your awesome necklace was a total scene stealer? 😉

  15. Posted January 30, 2012

    I love that necklace and looked everywhere for it on; can you share what it is called or maybe provide a link? Thanks!

  16. Posted January 30, 2012

    Love this style — sometimes the smallest details make the biggest statement!

  17. Posted January 30, 2012

    I love the look, do you think it will also work if I do not have bangs?

    • Kate says
      Posted January 30, 2012


  18. Posted January 30, 2012

    so pretty! and i love the necklace!

  19. Posted January 30, 2012

    you look gorgeous!

  20. Posted January 30, 2012

    I love the way you style your hair and you do not tell a lie…
    Aquage uplifting foam is THE BEST!
    Love your blog!

  21. Nikki says
    Posted January 30, 2012

    I love this style and always try to pull my hair back this way, but I also think I must not know how to work a bobby pin correctly. LOL Super cute!

  22. Allison says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    Oh, I love this look! It’s so chic and simple to do. And for women like me who have finer/thinner hair, I like that it gives the illusion of a half-up without moving so much of my hair to the back of my head.

  23. Posted January 31, 2012

    Love it!!!! Can’t wait to try it.

  24. Reva says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    I love this look! I wear it all of the time! 🙂

  25. Posted January 31, 2012

    so very cute! LOVE that necklace, too. I like to mostly wear my hair down, too;)

  26. Posted January 31, 2012

    This is so adorable! I love it!

  27. Posted January 31, 2012

    Love this whole look! Do you think Target still sells that necklace? Because it’s so precious!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 31, 2012

      absolutely! I got it about 1 week ago

  28. Amanda says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    Help! I’ve used the Aquage website and have called the 7 salons in a 40 mile radius of my home, and I even called several salons close to my parents in Baltimore, no one carries Aquage anymore, let alone the uplifting foam. My next stop is coming into Raleigh ( I live over in Goldsboro, so I’m not too far). Before venturing the hour over, any ideas of Salons I can try? I know Raleigh is your area so I thought I would ask first. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 31, 2012

      if you don’t mind, send me an e-mail!

  29. Jane says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    You always look so great and “put together”. Would you mind telling telling me what kind of camisole you were wearing under your sweater from Gap Winter 2012? Thank you!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 31, 2012

      Sure! That is a Target (I believe its Mossimo) tank. I have about 6-8 of those tanks since they are the perfect length and thin-ness!

  30. Jagiri says
    Posted January 31, 2012

    great hairstyle! I’ll have to give this a go tomorrow.
    I also love your necklace. So pretty

  31. Posted January 31, 2012

    I found this blog by accident and just wanted to tell you how beautiful you are 🙂 I love your blog!

  32. Posted January 31, 2012

    Had to go buy this necklace 🙂 LOVE IT! I am also a target crazy shopper!!

  33. Posted January 31, 2012

    Hey Kate! I love your hair tutorials. Can you please add some that are cute with straight hair? It takes forever and a day to curl my hair and with 2 young boys running around, I’m not able to spend a lot of time on it. Thanks so much!

  34. Posted January 31, 2012

    That is real cute!

  35. Posted January 31, 2012

    Tried this today and love it! My first time doing flat iron curls as well and they turned out great! Love your site! Now an Aquage addict as well!

  36. Ryan says
    Posted February 1, 2012

    beautiful as always. I REALLY wish I could find that necklace. I haven’t seen it on Target’s website. 🙁

  37. Kayla says
    Posted February 1, 2012

    this may be a “dumb” question to “ask” but how do you get your hair to stay with just one bobbie pin? my hair ALWAYS falls out through the end (where it loops around) because it is bigger there, and i by all means DO NOT have think hair. So i have never had success at pulling my hair up with just bobbie pins unless im doing a poof in the front but then i use like 5 pins!

    • Kate says
      Posted February 1, 2012

      One of the biggest reasons is the quality of bobby pins. I use professional pins. Ask your stylist if she’ll sell you any, or you can check Sally Beauty Supply. Also, I use a lot of product in my hair which gives it a texture that works well with bobby pins. But, if it won’t hold with just one, use two!

  38. T. Shaw says
    Posted February 1, 2012

    What is the best cut/style for fine hair? Currently my hair is long and I have bangs as well, but I just don’t know that that’s best because my hair looks limp all the time. Is it better to have a short cut with fine hair?

  39. Posted February 4, 2012

    I know I saw it somewhere on your site but I can’t seem to find it. What is that awesome nail color???

  40. Posted February 4, 2012

    I just found your blog through Pinterest…and OMG where have you been all my life!?!? You’re cute as a button and your tutorials are the bomb! I adore that Target necklace and it is now on my Shopping list. You’re style is just fantastic can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog posts.

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  42. Posted February 5, 2012

    Love this!!

  43. Ashley says
    Posted February 13, 2012

    Hi Kate! Love your blog and tutorials! One question: how thick is your hair? I’m thinking about cutting mine but I’m afraid it won’t do what I want it to cause its thin. Ivebeen told I have thin hair but a lot of it so…? Thanks!!

  44. Posted February 14, 2012

    Hi! I’m loving your tutorials. Thanks so much for posting them. I am not good with my hair. All I do is up or down and it’s getting old. I have one question about the bobby pins. When you say put the bobby pin in toward the twist, is there any way you could get a close up of how you’re doing that. I’m sure after a few tries I could figure something out, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I hate not knowing exactly how to do something. : )

  45. Anonymous says
    Posted March 3, 2012

    Kate-love your hair! What products do you use?

  46. Anonymous says
    Posted March 9, 2012

    i love all your hairstyles :p

  47. Posted April 30, 2012

    I would love for you to come do my hair for me every morning! you make it look so easy

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  48. Deb says
    Posted August 30, 2015

    Is this the same style that was on “26 lazy girl hairstyle hacks”?? It was listed as a 10 second style