3 Step Fancy Half Up

How to Kick your Smile up a Notch

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Nicole is back, as my beautiful hair model, so I can show you the easiest and prettiest half up style.

I always prefer curled hair for nicer occasions, so if you have somewhere fancy to be, go ahead and curl your hair first. I styled Nicole’s hair with a 1.25 inch barrel curling iron on my T3 curling iron.

Next, section off a triangle section of your hair around the crown. This will be left out completely, so put a clip in it to make sure you don’t inadvertently pick it up!

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Pick up two sections, one from either side of your hair, and pull them back into half up ponytail. Hold everything loosely, and don’t pull the hair. Once it’s in the ponytail, flip it over so it has a little twist.

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Repeat that same step with two other small sections of hair, stacking these “piggy flip” ponytails on top of one another.

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Lastly, grab a loose section of hair below the ponytails and wrap it around the clear elastic that may show through.

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Not only do I love how simple and classic that looks, I love how easy it is!

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If you recreate this style, use #smallthingshair when you post to social media so I can come and see it!

I styled Nicole’s hair with a 1.25 inch barrel curling iron on my T3 curling iron and used Blax clear elastics to hold the pony’s. The photos were shot by Jordan Maunder.

For another dark hair style tip, see this post on a front braid!


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Jenna says · 06.02.16

It’s so refreshing to see a hair tutorial on a brunette! I love this!

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Alyssa says · 06.02.16

I just want you to know that all my hair and makeup inspiration for my wedding is coming from your blog! I just love how put together, but not too perfect all of your styles look. Thank you!!

Lori says · 06.02.16

I like the finished style but FOR ME (just my opinion!) I do not like when the ends of the hair look scraggly. They just don’t look finished to me when they are not curled like the rest of the hair.

Brittney says · 06.02.16

I LOVE THIS LOOK! I am going to try this next week for sure!

Victoria says · 06.02.16

HAIR = A+, love this! will try it on my short hair!

Dominique says · 06.02.16

Very nice look! I never can get my hair to stay in place though. Still I will give it a try!


Gabrielle says · 06.02.16

I like it : easy, beautiful and not too much for everyday. Thanks for this tutorial.

Andrea says · 06.02.16

This looks so pretty! I wish I had thicker hair so I could do all these amazing hairstyles. My hair never stays put!


Renee says · 06.02.16

That is adorable! I think it might even be good for a work day! I also love seeing it on brunette hair, being a brunette myself.

Nicole says · 06.02.16

Please please please make this a video tutorial. 🙂 also you should totally do a post on self confidence:).

Molly says · 06.04.16

Awesome post! I’m always looking for easy ways to style my hair quick. Most of the time there is just no time, so I end up leaving my hair down. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try it.
Come check out my blog if you have time! No hair tips, but some style and beauty posts.

Sonali says · 06.06.16

I need this in my life…thanks for sharing 🙂

Mel says · 06.21.16

Absolutely stunning!!!! I could wear this look everyday and be happy!!

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Meghan says · 09.05.18

Great tutorial! thanks for this post


Stephanie says · 01.13.19

I love this! I’m hair challenged though. How do you get the last piece you wrap around to stay in place??

Priska says · 06.20.19

I really like this hairstyle