Laced Half Up


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This was one of my favorite ways to wear my hair when it was cut into a shoulder length bob. It’s so classic and simple, and so easy to do once you see it broken down into the few steps it takes!

I’d highly recommend these bobby pins as they hold the best!

To begin, pull the very top layer of your hair at the crown into a circle, pinching at the back, and slide two bobby pins in horizontally to hold that section in place. This will determine how volumized your crown area is, so you can pump it up or keep it smooth depending on your preference.

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Beginning with the left side, use your thumb and run it lightly from your temple all the way to the bobby pins in the back, picking up the least amount of hair that you can without being able to see through that section. Slide a pin into the section as shown, and then repeat on the opposite side.

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You will keep lacing the sections, one by one, as you get to the back. It’s okay to slide these pins in vertically if that holds better.

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The finished result is very elegant and intricate! And it should hold up very well with a light mist of hairspray once you are finished! I love this style on straight hair, I think it shows off the sections so well!

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If it’s easier, you can watch the video tutorial demonstrating this style here!

Huge thanks to Joanna for being my model, to Jordan for shooting this look, and Leslie Alford Mims House for providing a beautiful setting!

For more hair tutorials, see the Looped and Twisted Hair Tutorial and the Double Half Up with a Twist!

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Comments (17)

  1. Posted November 14, 2016

    Wow I really like this hair style, it’s really pretty. Looks really universal, like you can wear it with jeans… Classic!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Annette Lessmann says
    Posted November 14, 2016

    This style on Pinterest was how I found your website years ago! It’s still so pretty!

  3. Candice Petersen says
    Posted November 14, 2016

    Your hair looks amazing!

    Beauty Candy Loves

  4. Michelle says
    Posted November 14, 2016

    Perfect timing! I literally just chopped my long hair off into a shoulder length bob and have been as such a loss of what to do with it. I’ll have to try this!

    • Ali vizzo says
      Posted November 14, 2016

      Ditto this exactly!

  5. Posted November 14, 2016

    Love this look and it’s actually something I can do in limited time in the morning and still look put together for work. Thanks!

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  6. Shannon says
    Posted November 14, 2016

    This is a gorgeous look! I will have to try it for the work day!

  7. Posted November 14, 2016

    Thanks for this reminder! I used to wear my hair this way all the time and the back of my head is pinned a bazillion times (not as much as yours) on Pinterest with this style. I need to do it again!

  8. Elizabeth says
    Posted November 14, 2016

    A good friend styled her hair this way after watching your tutorial. I complimented her hair and she credited you with the style idea and I’ve been living in blissful Small Things fandom ever since!

  9. Posted November 14, 2016

    This is so soft and pretty. I really love this style. Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing –

  10. Posted November 14, 2016

    Oooh! So pretty. Such a great style for hair that length. Maybe one of these days I’ll try it out! 🙂

  11. Posted November 15, 2016

    This looks so simple yet gorgeous! Love it x

  12. Eleanor says
    Posted November 16, 2016

    Very pretty! I love the classic elegance of this style. I will definitely sport it this Thanksgiving with the family.

  13. Corinne says
    Posted November 16, 2016

    Thanks for sharing! I’m not good with hair to be honest but this looks do-able!
    PS: Just stumbled upon your blog and I’m really loving the pics and style here. Will be hanging around more often x

  14. Anna says
    Posted November 17, 2016

    I always love this style! When you first posted this tutorial years ago, I wore my hair like this all the time! I’m glad you posted again as a reminder for me to bring it back to my weekly hair routine! Thanks Kate!

  15. Wendy says
    Posted November 27, 2016

    Soo pretty! Her hair always looks gorgeous!