Pinned Half Up


This hairstyle tutorial will show you a simple way to wear your hair half up. I actually wore my hair like this for my wedding 3 years ago. We had a small and intimate ceremony so I wanted to have soft and natural hair instead of something overly fancy.
If you have very thick hair, you’ll need more bobby pins (and probably the strong hold type that can be found at Sally Beauty Supply), however medium or thin hair is a great texture to work with on this style!

Top: Loft
Jeans: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Francesca’s
Earrings: Francesca’s

Update: some wedding photos so you can see this style on short straight, and short curled hair!

Wedding Day:
(straight hair)

Since our wedding was a small destination wedding in South Carolina, we had a reception a few weeks afterwards in my hometown for friends and family.

Photos from Reception:
(gently curled hair)

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Comments (73)

  1. Posted May 21, 2012

    Great tutorial and such a cute style. Could we please see some pictures of your casual wedding? I love your style and would love to see how your wedding came together! Keep up the fantastic job of utilizing the wonderful gifts that our God gave you!

    • Posted May 22, 2012

      Thanks for the wedding pictures! I really like your short hair cut. That’s what’s on my mind for the end of the summer!

    • Mary J says
      Posted November 1, 2012

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH for the awesome tutorials!!!! I have been doing my hair using them and I have had so many compliments!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 I feel so much better about my hair! thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. Anonymous says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Love your hair color and hair style! This also reminds me of how pretty you made my hair for my wedding! 🙂


    • Kate says
      Posted May 21, 2012

      Hey Gayle! Yes–we had similar wedding hair! Hope you are doing well!

  3. Posted May 21, 2012

    Cute hair and outfit! Pretty 🙂

  4. Chelsea says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Great look (and easy tutorial!) Thanks for the new hair style idea 🙂


  5. Paula P says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Would love to see some photos of your wedding!

  6. Posted May 21, 2012

    So pretty! Nice, simple, and lots of volume! Thanks!

  7. Posted May 21, 2012

    love this hairstyle and you look so cute and casual!!

  8. natalia says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    You’re too cute as always!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Posted May 21, 2012

    You have a talent for matching your hairstyle to your outfit! This is such a cute little hairstyle, and seems simple but pretty enough for summer festivities

  10. Jennie says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Love this tutorial and trying it today! Cute hairstyle and love your blog.

  11. Posted May 21, 2012

    Love it! I like that top too…hope you’re having fun in NYC!

  12. Leigh says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    That’s how I wore my hair for my wedding. My hair stylist (and friend) did my hair and I loved it. I am going to use the tutorial and try to replicate it. I still has my faux crystal bobby pins we used.

  13. jh2 says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Where did you get the earrings you are wearing…I love them!

  14. Posted May 21, 2012

    Love this! Thanks for sharing! :]

  15. Posted May 21, 2012

    This is how I wore my hair for my wedding too!! And I’m loving your skinny jeans on you, lady….

  16. Posted May 21, 2012

    Very Pretty! Now we all want to see a wedding picture. 🙂

  17. Anonymous says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    You seem to like neutral-toned shoes—just sayin’

    • Kate says
      Posted May 21, 2012

      I do–easy to pair with anything!

  18. Posted May 21, 2012

    Wedding picture! Wedding picture! Please??

  19. Posted May 21, 2012

    It’s such a sweet and romantic style! Thanks for sharing it 🙂


  20. Posted May 21, 2012

    woww great post good luck

  21. Emily says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    I love the look! Half up is elegant without being too fancy. I’d love to see how you had it on your wedding day! Also, I have that top from Loft! Except mine’s white. See how I wore it here.

    I love your blog so much. It’s a daily read for me.


  22. Posted May 21, 2012

    cute hairstyle !

  23. Tay says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    I have thick hair… what bobby pins are strong hold? I bought the other kind that you recommended but I am not sure those will hold well enough.

  24. AshleaD says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    The hair is lovely. I love your style and am definitely wearing those same earrings today! ha! fun fun 🙂

  25. Emily says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Hi! I’m a fairly new follower and I love your blog, your style, and your hair! Thanks for sharing your tips! I’ve already put some of them to use!

  26. kt says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Oh you looked so beautiful on (both) of your wedding days! Your make up is flawless! Love the blog – keep up the great work!

  27. Claire says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    You were a beautiful bride!! Thank you for showing this on short hair also. I have an angled bob and have been wanting to try this style. I’m looking forward to trying it this week! I really love your blog and am inspired to try more of your styles now that I am growing my bangs out. I also am a HUGE fan of Aquage now!

  28. Anonymous says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    I love your short hair in your wedding pictures! Beautiful! How long are you planning to grow it? I’m at the in between stage now and need to either commit to growing it or cut it off again.

  29. Posted May 21, 2012

    Love your wedding hair – so cute!

  30. Robin says
    Posted May 21, 2012

    Love your short hair! I wish I could get that much lift in my hair!!

  31. Posted May 22, 2012

    LOVE your hair shorter as well…you are such a cutie! Love your hair tutorials…thanks so much!

  32. Posted May 22, 2012

    I love all of your hair videos–they are fantastic!

  33. Posted May 22, 2012

    Kate, could you post a picture of your shorter hairstyle NOT pinned up? I would love to have an example of the style to show my hairstylist…thanks!

  34. dbell says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    Are you able to tell us how to get that volume and lift with the short hair pics!!?? Excited to learn’

  35. Anonymous says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    I love your short hair picture. I love your tutorials, but my hair is too short for most of them. Do you have any tips on how to curl short hair like in your wedding picture??

  36. Allison says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    You looked BEAUTIFUL at your wedding!!! 🙂

  37. Kara Craven says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    Gorgeous bride, and still gorgeous. Can’t decide if I like your hair short or longer, you pull off both fantastically. 🙂 Always enjoy coming to your blog.


  38. Anonymous says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    I LOVE yur wedding dress, stunning! And your hair looks great considering it was quite short at the time. Are you growing your hair longer now? And your ‘bangs’ (we call it a fringe here in the UK!!) I’m copying your hair alot lately and my ‘fringe’ is growing out like yours but it is getting on my nerves already – I tend to do the ‘twist’ which is great now our weather has finally decided to warm up lol!! Great blog! xxxxxx

  39. JMc says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    I love all of your hair tutorials! I wish you in my area to do my hair for a wedding in June.

  40. Posted May 22, 2012

    As ALWAYS – your hair is just awesome! I really appreciate your energy and positive outlook. I check in as often as possible to see what new hair styles and outfits you’re showing off. 🙂
    lana –

  41. Posted May 22, 2012

    Thanks for the added photos from your wedding. You were a BEAUTIFUL bride!!!

  42. Traci says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    I love your wedding pictures. I had the same colors!! This tutorial is perfect. I have a wedding this weekend and I have been trying to figure out my hair. I did not want to wear it down curly or all the way up. Thanks!!!

  43. Posted May 22, 2012

    Your wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous and I love that hairstyle on shorter hair! I’m cutting mine a couple of inches in a few days so that it’s off my shoulders for the summer and I’ve been worrying a little, but seeing how cute your short hair was makes me excited!

  44. Laura says
    Posted May 22, 2012

    I love your pictures!! The short hair you had at your wedding is exactly what I have been looking for. How would you describe your cut??

  45. Emily says
    Posted May 23, 2012

    Aww thanks so much for adding the photos!!! 🙂


  46. Posted May 23, 2012

    Loved this concept. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Anonymous says
    Posted May 23, 2012

    I love your wedding pics!! Beautiful! I just got married in March and I adore wedding photos! Especially black and white pics! So timeless 🙂

  48. Posted May 23, 2012

    Goodness girl, you are gorgeous normally, but on your wedding day–WOWZERS!!

  49. Anonymous says
    Posted May 23, 2012

    I love your hairstyle! I have long layers and would like to get mine cut like this. How do I tell the stylist to cut it?

  50. Carrie says
    Posted May 24, 2012

    You are so pretty. And, thanks, i will try this!

  51. Posted May 31, 2012

    Hi Kate!

    I have short hair much like you had in your wedding but can NEVER figure out how to do it. It’s semi-wavy .. not too thick. Do you have any other pictures of you with shorter hair? I just have a hard time getting it to curl with my layers. I’m growing it out now!

  52. Tracy says
    Posted June 1, 2012

    I was just going to ask you the same thing, ha, ha, as Victoria. I have hair that exact length now and am having a hard time with it. If you have any more pictures at that length..we’d love to see them!

  53. Posted June 4, 2012

    Yeah tracy! haha

  54. Anonymous says
    Posted August 8, 2012

    love your hair shorter! you have gorgeous hair long or short,but short shows of your beautiful face even more 😉

  55. Posted August 19, 2012

    Love the half-up. I’ll have to try that. Here in the Houston area, we really need a hairstyle like that one! (:^)

  56. Anonymous says
    Posted August 21, 2012

    oh my gosh what a cute hair do, your so beautiful and your hair is awesome, cant wait to try it, we have a convention coming up this weekend, cant wait to try it! thanks!

  57. Pam says
    Posted September 3, 2012

    O GUESS WHAT??!!
    Catch this great feedback for you and your help-ful-ness…
    I was in a wedding this weekend, and we were doing our own hair and makeup. I am NOT a hair person, so I got on your blog and watched a bunch of your videos and started trying hairstyles. Welllllll… not only did my own hair look good but I got to help several of the other girls with their hair too. WHAT? ME? Why yes, with your help! Thanks for sharing your *creative-ness* with me!!
    And please, continue doing so!!

  58. Judi says
    Posted November 7, 2012

    Love your ideas and enjoy your helpful and easy instructions!

  59. Karoline says
    Posted November 12, 2012

    I love your videos! I especially loved seeing pictures of your hair at your wedding. That is about the length my hair is. I would love more info on your cut at that time. I am thinking about getting long, side-swept bangs cut, but I am scared. It’s been 10 years since I grew out my bangs and it wasn’t a pretty process, so I don’t want to regret getting bangs again. Any advice for me to tell the stylist?

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  61. Posted March 31, 2014

    I love your hair! Can you post what the haircut is like; I am looking for a summer style to cut my hair and want to go medium length. Please respond or post.

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  63. Danny De Los Reyes says
    Posted December 26, 2014

    I really love your videos! You make it look so easy and looks awesome, can’t wait to try it! 😀

  64. Veronica says
    Posted February 26, 2015

    what a great idea!!!!! I have long hair but will try it, I love it. You look so beautiful on your wedding pictures and you so right your hair is just perfect with this elegant dress. 🙂

  65. Posted November 5, 2015

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