Half Up Ponytail: Get the Same Style as Rihanna!

If there's one hairstyle that always looks good, it's a half-up ponytail. This style is flattering on everyone, and it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

There are alternations of this style that work well for different hair types too. It's a cult-favourite amongst celebs, and we can see why.

One celeb who always rocks a half ponytail is Rihanna. Often seen with a voluminous, bouncy half up ponytail, this style looks great on her.

Whether she's got her long, curly, thick hair or a shorter, straight hair, a half-up ponytail always looks good.

The best part? Half ponytail hairstyles are super easy to do yourself and take minutes!

 #1 Clean and Detangle Your Hair

Before you start styling, you need to make sure your natural hair is clean and free of any knots. Start by washing your hair with a good shampoo and conditioner.

If you have time, let your hair air dry or use a diffuser on a low heat setting. Once your hair is dry, run a brush or comb through it to get rid of any tangles.

If you're short on time, you can also use a detangling spray to make the process easier.

#2 Section Your Hair

Once your hair is clean and knots-free, it's time to start styling. Begin by gathering the top layer of your hair, starting from your ears up.

If you have bangs, you can either leave them out or push them back with the rest of your hair.

#3 Pull Into a Half Ponytail

Once you have the top layer of your hair gathered, it's time to pull it into a ponytail. If you want a more polished look, use a brush to smooth down your hair before you tie it back.

If you're going for a more undone look, simply gather your hair into a ponytail without brushing it first.

Once your hair is in a ponytail, use a hair tie to secure it. If you want, you can also use bobby pins to keep your hair in place.

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#4 Pull-Out Face-Framing Pieces

Once your hair is secure in a half ponytail, it's time to add some texture. Start by pulling out a few face-framing pieces around your forehead and temples. This will help soften the look and give you a more natural finish.

If you want, you can also use your fingers to lightly tease the hair at your crown to give the impression of volumised, thick hair.

#5 Smooth Down Flyaways

To finish off the look, mist your hair with a light-hold hairspray. This will help keep your style in place and prevent any flyaways.

Alternatively, you can use argan oil or hair gel for a more natural finish.

Creating a Half-Up Ponytail With Hair Extensions

If you feel as if your hair lacks the volume and length you want to create your ideal half-up ponytail, don't worry! You can easily achieve this style with hair extensions.

Clip-in hair extensions are a great way to add extra volume and length to your hair. They're also super easy to use and only take minutes to put in.

Simply clip them into place at the roots and you're good to go!

Alternatively, you can opt for ponytail hair extensions so that half of the work is done for you! These are great if you want to achieve a voluminous and flowing half-up ponytail.

Human hair ponytails are the best option as they blend in seamlessly with your own hair and can be styled just like your regular hair.

The team at RiRi love using human hair ponytail extensions because they can be styled in endless ways.

Whether you want a sleek and straight style or big and bouncy curls, human hair allows you to style it however you want!

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Other Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles

Once you've mastered the half ponytail, there are lots of other similar styles you can try.

Half-Up Bun

If you want a style that's more playful and fun, try a half-up bun! This look is perfect for festivals or days when you're running errands and don't want to deal with your hair.

To create a half-up bun, simply gather the top layer of your hair into a ponytail and secure it with a hair tie.

Then, take the ends of your hair and wrap them around the base of the ponytail to create a bun. Secure the bun in place with bobby pins, and you're done!

Half-Up Braided Ponytail

A braided half-up style is another great option if you're looking for something a little different. This look is perfect for date nights or special occasions.

To create a braided half-up style, start by gathering the top layer of your hair into a ponytail. Once you've secured your hair with a hair elastic, start braiding the ponytail and tie it off at the bottom.

Pull out a few face-framing pieces to soften the look and tug on the braid to make it look fuller. Add in some loose curls and scattered mini-braids to the bottom half of your hair for a boho-chic touch.

Parted Half-Up Ponytail

If you want a style that's sleek and sophisticated, try a parted half-up ponytail. This look is perfect for work or any formal occasion.

To create a parted half-up ponytail, start by parting your hair down the middle. Then, gather the top layer of your hair into a ponytail about halfway down your head, maintaining the parting.

Secure the half ponytail with a hair elastic and finish off the look with a light-hold hairspray.

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Half-Up Ponytail Using a Claw Clip

If you're looking for a quick and easy half-up style, try using a claw clip! This style is perfect for days when you're short on time or want a low-maintenance look.

To create a half-up ponytail using a claw clip, start by gathering the top layer of your hair into a ponytail, but don't tie it off with a hair band. Instead, use your claw clip to secure the hair in place.

Finish off the look with a light-hold hairspray.

Summary: Creating an Effortlessly Stylish Look With a Half-Up Ponytail!

A half-up ponytail is a great way to add style and sophistication to your look without spending hours on your hair. With so many different ways to style a half ponytail, you can easily find a look that suits your personal style.

Whether you're looking for a sleek and polished ponytail or something more fun and playful, there's a half-up style for you!

How to create a Half-Up Ponytail


How do you do a half-up ponytail?

Start by gathering the top layer of your hair into a ponytail. Secure the hair with a hair elastic about halfway down your head. Once you've tied off the ponytail, use your fingers to gently tug on the hair to loosen it up and add volume.

Are half ponytails in style?

Half ponytails are definitely in style! They're a great way to add a touch of elegance to your look without going overboard.

How do you wear a ponytail without damaging your hair?

If you're worried about damaging your hair, try using a silk or satin scrunchie to tie off your ponytail. This will help to minimize the amount of friction and damage to your hair. You can also use a leave-in conditioner or hair serum to help protect your hair. Never tie your up whilst it's wet as this can cause breakage.

What happens if you wear a ponytail everyday?

If you wear a ponytail every day, you may start to see some damage to your hair. The constant pulling and tension can cause breakage, split ends, and frizz. If you're going to wear a ponytail every day, be sure to use a soft scrunchie and take breaks every few days to give your hair a rest.

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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