50 Natural and Protective Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles for Black Hair

With the front typically pulled back from your face, half-up half-down hairstyles are not only a fabulous way to showcase your features, but their versatility is unmatched.

50 Must-See Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyles for Black Hair

From buns to ponytails, braids to twists, straight to curly, natural to protective, you’re sure to find half-up half-down hairstyles that you wholeheartedly love. So scroll down and look around and get all the inspo you need for your next look.

1. Half-Up Half-Down Twist Out with Clip-Ins

Half-up half-down twist out hairstyle with clip-ins on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @slimreshae @heatfreehair

Perfectly blended with her natural hair, clip-ins for the win with this voluminous half-up half-down twist out.

2. Half-Up Half-Down Headband Wig

Half-up half-down headband wig protective hairstyle on a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @adannamadueke

Styled on a pre-prepped headband wig, the front half of this hairstyle was originally just a bun that was released and left to hang forward. If you need the full deets on the installation, jump back to the beginning of the tutorial below.

3. Half-Up Half-Down Braid Out Bun

Half-up half-down braid out hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @ulovemegz

This lovely half-up half-down hairstyle was achieved on an old braid out, where the front section was twisted into a bun.

4. Half-Up Half-Down Dreadlocks with Faux Bangs

Black woman wearing a blonde half-up half-down dreadlocks hairstyle with bangs
IG: @westindieray

Don’t get us wrong, the blonde by itself is banging. But you can enjoy the beauty of bangs without having to cut your luscious locs.

Simply bend each loc to the desired length, creating a loop. Then wrap the loc around itself, pulling through the loop and the end to hold.

5. Half-Up Half-Down Jumbo Knotless Box Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down knotless jumbo box braids protective hairstyle
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Knotless braids are so much easier to manipulate than traditional ones when they’re freshly done. The front half of these gorgeous jumbo box braids were pulled back and secured near the base of her head for a terrific look without the tension.

6. Half-Up Half-Down Butterfly Locs Space Buns

Black woman wearing a short butterfly locs half-up half-down protective style with space buns
IG: @dadouhair

It’s no secret that we love a good butterfly locs look, but we are over the moon about this half-up half-down hairstyle with space buns.

7. Red Half-Up Half-Down Rubber Band Crochet

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down rubber band crochet protective hairstyle
IG: @meliszamcfierce

Featuring a laid criss-cross rubber band style at the front and a kinky crochet at the back, everything about this red half-up half-down hairstyle is fire!

8. Half-Up Half-Down Bantu Knots and Cornrows

Half-up half-down bantu knots with cornrows hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @neffyfrofro

This creative 90’s-inspired half-up hairstyle with pigtails, bantu knots and cornrows might be a throwback, but it’s just as appealing today.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Braid Out Bow

Half-up half-down bow hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @naturallynella

Beyond her beautiful texture, let’s get into the literal bow on top. This half-up half-down natural hairstyle is the gift that keeps on giving.

10. Half-Up Half-Down Butterfly Locs Bun

Black woman wearing a long butterfly locs half-up half-down bun hairstyle
IG: @tupo1

OK, admittedly this half-up half-down hairstyle is technically more like a third-up, two-thirds down. But that’s why it works. A gold-cuffed bun front and center surrounded by butterfly locs on all sides, make this look a must-try.

11. Half-Up Half-Down Stitch Cornrows with Cowrie Shells

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down stitch cornrows hairstyle with cowrie shells
IG: @heycurlie IG: @touchedbytb_

When done by the right stylist, stitch braids are truly a work of art. And this half-up half-down cornrowed look with cowrie shells can be counted among the masterpieces.

12. Half-Up Half-Down Flat Twists with Crochet

IG: @queenteshna

Flat twists are created in the front half, while the back is cornrowed so the crochet hair can be attached. The result is a cute, quick curly bob any queen can pull off.

13. Half-Up Half-Down Grey Passion Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down long grey passion braids protective hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

Set aside any preconceived notions you might have about grey hair and get into these passion braids, pinned up into a playful half-up half-down hairstyle.

14. Half-Up Half-Down Roll, Tuck and Pin

Half-up half-down roll, tuck and pin hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @zinhle.africa

While we clearly love a basic bun or ponytail half-up half-down hairdo, this roll, tuck and pin look is a welcome departure.

15. Half-Up Half-Down Wavy Gypsy Locs

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down wavy gypsy locs protective hairstyle
IG: @keke.j_

A loose, messy half-up bun complements the carefree vibe of these gorgeous, wavy gypsy locs.

16. Half-Up Half-Down Boho Passion Twists Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down boho passion twists protective hairstyle
IG: @sincerelyogohsa

Seven packs of hair and ten plus hours later, and sis is stuntin’ on them with these perfect DIY passion twists.

17. Half-Up Half-Down Medium Knotless Goddess Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down medium goddess braids protective hairstyle
IG: @dadouhair

These beautiful braids are fitting, because sis is looking just like a goddess in them.

18. Half-Up Half-Down Long Curly Crochet

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down long curly crochet protective hairstyle
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More on the subtle side height-wise, this half-up half-down crochet hairstyle came through with the voluminous cascading curls.

19. Half-Up Half-Down on Straight Natural Hair

Half-up half-down hairstyle on a Black woman with straight natural hair
IG: @curldaze

If you’re after a sleek half-up style on your natural hair, a flat iron will quickly do the trick. Or you can turn to a blow dryer (see below) for a fuller, more textured take on the same look.

Either way, just remember to use heat protectant in the process to prevent damage.

20. Half-Up Half-Down on Stretched Natural Hair

Half-up half-down braid out hairstyle on a Black woman with stretched natural hair
IG: @curldaze

21. Half-Up Half-Down Flexi Rod Set

Half-up half-down flexi rod set hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @shaakiramolisho

To achieve a similar style, separate your flexi rod set minimally and gently secure half of your curls with an elastic band, making sure not to disturb the sleekness, of this chic and chunky look.

22. Half-Up Half-Down Honey Blonde Goddess Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down honey blonde goddess braids protective style
IG: @deograciousdube

Loosely gathered at her crown, these gorgeous honey blonde goddess braids are absolutely divine.

23. Half-Up Half-Down Box Braids with Swoop Bang

Jordyn Woods wearing a half-up half-down box braids bun hairstyle with swoop bangs
IG: @jordynwoods

A swoop bang takes an already adorable box braided bun up another notch in this half-up hairstyle.

24. Half-Up Half-Down Twist Out with Flat Twists

Half-up half-down twist out hairstyle with flat twists on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @tressesbytori__

Old twist out where? Two large flat twists, created at the crown, are pulled back and pinned over her still captivating curls, resulting in this stunning half-up half-down style.

25. Half-Up Half-Down Pompadour

Half-up half-down pompadour hairstyle on a Black woman with long natural hair
IG: @razorempress

A low pompadour up front is the perfect complement to a defined wash and go in this adorable half-up half-down hairstyle.

26. Half-Up Half-Down Large Box Braids Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down large box braided bun protective hairstyle
IG: @neffyfrofro

When in doubt, go bigger with your bun.

27. Wavy Half-Up Half-Down on Stretched Natural Hair

Wavy half-up half-down hairstyle on a Black woman with stretched natural hair
IG: @naturallynella

For a similar charming, chunky look, try a twist out on your stretched natural hair. You’ll likely end up with less definition, but you’ll get more elongation, not to mention exquisite results.

28. Half-Up Half-Down Spring Afro Twists

Black woman wearing half-up half-down short afro spring twists protective hairstyle
IG: @adannamadueke

Our good sis shows us how to create a variety of looks with her twists, but she calls this half-up half-down hairstyle “The Lord’s Work,” and we couldn’t agree more. Check out the tutorial below for the step-by-step to style salvation. Won’t he do it!

29. Half-Up Half-Down Dreadlocks with Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing a pumpkin half-up half-down dreadlock hairstyle with bantu knots
IG: @tylerbriannah

This bold pumpkin spice color combined with half-up bantu knots proves there’s truly no limit to what’s possible with locs.

Not quite committed to dreadlocks? No problem. A similar, sexy style is made possible below with wavy box braids.

30. Half-Up Half-Down Wavy Box Braids with Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down wavy ginger box braids protective hairstyle
IG: @tatyanaalii_

31. Half-Up Half-Down Ombre Box Braids Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down ombre box braids protective hairstyle
IG: @adannamadueke

Hands-down one of the best braided wigs we’ve ever seen, now you can get beautiful ombre box braids in an instant.

32. Half-Up Half-Down Short Passion Twists

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down short passion twists protective hairstyle
IG: @emani.marie

Whether you opt for chunky passion twists or more compact crochet spring twists, half-up half-down hairstyles still look bomb on short braided hair.

33. Half-Up Half-Down Crochet Spring Twists

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down short caramel crochet spring twists protective hairstyle
IG: @mandy_jacobz

34. Half-Up Half-Down Three-Color Twists

Black woman wearing half-up half-down three-tone Senegalese twists protective hairstyle
IG: @tupo1

These Senegalese Twists stand out thanks to the unique three-color combo. The loosely gathered half-up ponytail is just a bonus on top of an already fabulous look.

35. Half-Up Half-Down Havana Twists Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down jumbo Havana twists bun protective hairstyle
IG: @i.am.rachel

As you’ve seen from the previous couple of looks, no matter what type of twists you have your heart set on half-up, half-down hairstyles are not only possible, but they’re too pretty to pass up.

36. Half-Up Half-Down Crochet Mambo Twist Out

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down Mambo twist out crochet protective hairstyle with tribal braids
IG: @queenteshna

Get creative by playing around with colors like the red ombre below to switch up your half-up hairstyle.

37. Half-Up Half-Down Dreadlocks Pigtails

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down hairstyle with two blonde dreadlock ponytails
IG: @westindieray

Pigtails and tendrils make this half-up half-down blonde dreadlocks look even more adorable.

38. Half-Up Half-Down Sisterlocks Top Knot

Half-up half-down Sisterlocks top knot hairstyle on Black woman with natural hair
IG: @kendrakenshay

This top knot is a chic look any short-haired natural can rock, with or without Sisterlocksā„¢.

39. Half-Up Half-Down Goddess Twist Faux Locs

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down crochet goddess twist faux locs protective hairstyle
IG: @spritzhairstudio

Lightweight and lovely, this faux locs look with a goddess twist in a half-up bun is simply breathtaking.

40. Half-Up Half-Down Ghana Twists Bun

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down Ghana twists protective hairstyle
IG: @sincerelyogohsa

Whether you opt for Ghana twists or Fulani Braids, you can’t go wrong with a tribal take on a half-up half-down bun hairstyle.

41. Half-Up Half-Down Burgundy Fulani Braids Bun

A half-up half-down burgundy Fulani braids protective hairstyle
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42. Half-Up Half-Down Dreadlocks Side Ponytail

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down dreadlocks side ponytail hairstyle
IG: @sunshine.locd

A simple side pony upfront makes this half-up dreadlocks hairstyle, drop dead gorgeous.

43. Half-Up Half-Down Ombre Two Strand Twists

Half-up half-down pumpkin ombre two strand twists hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @beautyoutspoken @trueyou868 @lisettebrooks

Daring and delightful, there’s nothing basic about these pumpkin spice ombre two strand twists.

44. Half-Up Half-Down Long Mini Goddess Braids

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down long mini goddess braids protective hairstyle
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The length of these mini goddess braids are giving us, and this half-up half-down hairstyle, life.

45. Half-Up Half-Down Kinky Crochet

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down kinky crochet protective hairstyle
IG: @a.dai.sha

To achieve this stunning half-up half-down hairstyle, her natural hair was cornrowed in the back and slicked down into a secure bun in the front. 3X Water Wave 18″ crochet hair was then freely added until she reached the desired thickness, making sure to conceal all of her hair except for the laid section upfront.

She then cut the hair on an angle to create layers and remove some of the bulk and fluffed it to finish this fab look.

46. Half-Up Half-Down Chunky Two Strand Twists

Half-up half-down chunky two strand twists hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @danishrolls

Chunky two strand twists are a hit in this half-up half-down hairstyle.

47. Half-Up Half-Down Purple Cornrow Crochet

Black woman wearing a purple half-up half-down cornrow crochet protective hairstyle
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Clearly, we’ve shared variations on this half-up half-down hairstyle, but none as vibrant as voluminous as this one.

48. Half-Up Half-Down Box Braids Victory Roll

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down box braids hairstyle with a victory roll
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For a twist on the typical bun in a half-up half-down hairstyle, try a victory roll instead for the win.

49. Half-Up Half-Down Cornrows in a Jumbo Braid

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down cornrow protective hairstyle in a jumbo braid
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While this isn’t exactly a half-up half-down hairstyle, this classy, cornrowed look is close enough.

50. Half-Up Half-Down Blue and Purple Box Braids Bob

Black woman wearing a half-up half-down blue and purple box braided bob protective hairstyle
IG: @pearlthestylist_

Colorful meets carefree in this bold, half-up, box braided bob with a messy bun.

As far as we’re concerned, no matter how you slice it, half-up half-down hairstyles are all good.