How to Use Clips for Half Up, Half Down Hairstyles. Hair clips pull your hair back in a more natural, updo style. A half up, half down hairstyle looks pulled together, while still appearing natural and relaxed. Different clips, such as the claw clip and barrette clip, help style the hair and give it added flair.
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Use Long Clips
Begin any half up, half down hairstyle by pulling the hair from the sides and crown of the head.
Create a smooth half up, half down look by gathering the hair into a low ponytail that lies flat against the head. Clip the barrette near the top of the ponytail and comb it smooth.
Curl the sides of your hair for a half up, half down style that has more body and movement. Once the curls have set, gather the hair into a ponytail, twist it upwards and clip it in the middle of the twist. Arrange the curls around the top of your head and spray with hairspray.
Pull the hair from the sides and the crown and create a ponytail in the center of your head. Twist the ponytail downward and then wrap it around in a bun shape. Leave a small amount of hair hanging down from the bun and secure it with a clip at the bottom.
Use Claw Clips
Gather the sides and crown of your hair into a ponytail in the center of your head. Twist the ponytail upward and secure with a handful of mini claw clips all the way up through the top of the ponytail. Arrange the hair that isn't clipped into a spiky style with gel or wax.
Pull just the sides of your hair back towards the crown of your head. Using a large claw clip, secure the sides in the middle for a half up, half down ponytail style.
Set all of your hair with rollers. After removing the rollers, pull the sides and crown of your hair back into the middle of your head. Make a loose style bun and secure it with small claw clips placed all around the bun. Gently pull a few strands of hair out of the bun for a fancy half up, half down hairstyle.