Half 'n' Half: Celebs Update the Classic Style

Don't call it a comeback--the Half 'n' Half hairstyle truly has been around for years! But lately, celebs have been putting their own spin on the half-up/half-down 'do, making it seem fresh again. Check out our favorite examples.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 08, 2010

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Alicia Keys sweeps the top half of her natural ringlets up in a bun, allowing a few face-framing tendrils to escape. Effortless!

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Garcelle Beauvais adds large gold hoops to her half-up/half-down ’do for a chic, gypsy-ish look.

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To rock Kelly Rowland’s chic style, curl large pieces of hair around a one inch barrel iron, shake out with fingers, and pull back the top half.

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Thandie Newton’s exaggerated bouffant adds an extra layer of drama to her style.

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Cassie’s adds height at the crown and grown-out, swooping bangs to give her style a deliberately mussed sexiness.

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To jazz up a casual half ‘n’ half hairstyle like Beyonce’s, add sparkly earrings and a bold statement necklace.

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Joy Bryant juxtaposes sequins with her easy, simple chic hairstyle — perfection!!

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Zoe Saldana puts a sassy spin on her casual ’do by adding major height at the crown.

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Lala Vasquez only gathers the very top section of her hair back in a clip, and leaves the rest loose and wavy.

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Jessica White adds a center part to her half-up/half-down ’do, giving it an extra sleekness.

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Ciara puts an updated twist on the Half ‘n’ Half by twisting the top section into a modified pompadour.

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Chanel Iman goes for a boho chic moment by adding a metallic braided headband to her half ’n half ’do.

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Shaun Robinson combines glossy, tousled waves with windswept bangs for a romantic half-up/half-down look.

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To score Kerry Washington’s versatile style, sweep back the top half of your hair into a loose bun, leaving out side-swept bangs.

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Keke Palmer’s style is so cute! To do, simply twist back the section of hair above each ear, and secure at the back of the head with bobby pins.

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At a recent performance, Jordin Sparks sexed up her straight strands by backcombing the top section, sweeping it back on the sides, and then securing with an elastic.

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Aisha Tyler pins back the top half of her hair for a super-casual-but-fierce daytime look.

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Garcelle Beauvais pairs pin-straight, flatironed locks with volume at the crown for a sexy, nighttime look.

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