Sometimes it can be a struggle choosing exactly what style you want when your hair appointment is coming up. Not everyone has a preference-–some people love braided and non-braided styles equally or love one kind of braids as much as another. Craving different looks at once can leave you flipping through social media looking for the perfect hairstyle only an hour before it’s time to meet up with your stylist. Yikes! If you’re one of these indecisive people, you’ll be excited to hear that you no longer have to choose!
Half braided hairstyles are the best of both worlds. These are hairstyles that consist of two different styles, with one or both of those styles being braids. Half braided styles most commonly feature cornrows on one half of the hair and a different hairstyle on the other half, such as weaves, a different kind of cornrows, box braids, knotless braids, or twists. We’re going to show you exactly how to flawlessly merge some of your favorite styles in this list of half braided hairstyles!
1. Half Sew-In, Half Braids
Half sew-in, half braids are achieved by parting the hair horizontally from ear to ear, then making neat cornrows on the crown and installing sew-in weaves in the back. The weave can be straight, curly, kinky or wavy all depending on your preference. Half sew-in, half braids are trendy hairstyles that also look classy and professional.
2. Half Braided, Half Curly Black Hairstyles
The half braided, half curly black hairstyle is a gorgeous style made by sectioning the hair into two and plaiting the front section to the back. The lower section is then cornrowed and the curly weave is sewn on it. This style is a little retro and super cute! Not to mention, it takes only a few hours and lasts a long time. It’s suitable for ladies that love braids and curly weaves.
3. Half Updo Braided Hairstyles
Half updo braided styles are those that have just one part of the hair braided into an updo, usually the front part. The upper part of the hair can be braided up and secured at the top of the head while the rest of the hair is braided down into more cornrows, box braids, knotless braids, or a sew-in weave. If you absolutely adore half-up, half-down hairstyles, this half braided updo is a great choice for you!
4. French Braids Half-Up Half-Down
French braids can also be incorporated into this jaw-dropping french braids half-up half-down style. Here, the upper section of the hair is put into one or more elegant French braids and the rest of the hair is left to flow freely in the back. The back hair can be straight, curly or wavy.
5. Half Cornrows, Half Braids
Half cornrows, half braids are a common cornrow style that have either the front or the sides of the hair braided into cornrows while the back of the head is braided into knotless or box braids, just like with Fulani braids. This cornrows with braids hairstyle takes longer than it would take to make cornrows because of the individual braids, but this style looks fuller and more majestic!
6. Half Feed-In Braids, Half Sew-In
The half feed-in braids, half sew-in is basically feed-in braids that are plaited in different styles in the front like ponytails or tribal braids, then a weave sewn into the back. Any kind of weave can be used to achieve the half feed-in braids, half sew-in style, including straight, curly, wavy and kinky weaves. This hairstyle is very tasteful and lasts for a long time.
7. Half and Half Braids Color
Colored braids are suitable for ladies that want to shake up their look and add a little flavor to their braids. Your half and half braids in different styles can be given even more life by making them using colored extensions. If you’re really feeling daring, try using two different color extensions or ombré extensions!
8. Braids on Side of the Head With Curls
Braids on the side of the head with curls is a half braided style that features the hair sectioned vertically into left and right halves. One side is made using a curly weave that’s sleeked down and secured into a pigtail at the nape of the neck, while the other side is made into cornrows and secured at the back as well. This is a very creative and dramatic style that’ll keep heads turning for sure!
9. Half Braided Hairstyles For Black Hair
Black hair has a very sharp highlighting feature which makes it the most popular braids color. Half braided hairstyles can be made in different styles on black hair types and using black extensions to complement the natural hair color. Black is simply a striking color that’ll look perfect on any half braided hairstyle that you choose!
10. Two Braids Half-Up, Half-Down
Two braids half-up, half-down is created by plaiting only two braids on either side the crown or middle parted cornrows, and then sewing the weave at the back. This particular hairstyle takes less time than braid styles that feature multiple braids in front and can be made with any type of weave.
11. Half Braids, Half Crochet
Half braids, half crochet hairstyles generally have the front hair braided as cornrows while the back has crochet extensions installed into the hair. The crochet extensions can be of different types and/or made into different styles, such as curly, straight, wavy, kinky, box braids, twists and other types.
12. Half Braids, Half Box Braids
Half braids, half box braids are like Fulani braids styles since they have cornrows in front and box braids at the back. The cornrows in front can be made in different creative styles and patterns using different braids techniques.
13. Half Feed-In, Half Knotless Braids
Half feed-in, half knotless braids are a lot like Fulani braids that have the front hair braided using the feed-in technique that looks so seamless and natural. Then the back hair is made into knotless braids. Half feed-in, half knotless braids are pretty and painless hairstyles.
14. Half Braid Ponytail
Half braid ponytails have the upper part of the hair braided into a ponytail while the back is made as a different style like knotless braids—as depicted above—box braids, weaves and other styles that you like.
15. Half Braids, Half Twists
Half braids, half twists are a flawless mixture of cornrows and twists. The front hair is cornrowed either to the back or up into a half ponytail with the ends twisted to match the individual twists that are made at the back of the head.
16. Half-Up Braided Prom Hairstyles
The half-up braided hairstyle for prom is divided horizontally into two parts: the front hair which is plaited and the back which is let down. This hairstyle is easy to achieve and doesn’t take very long. The half-up braided hairstyle can be rocked at more occasions than just prom, including birthdays, weddings, hangouts, school, and even casually.
17. Half-Up, Half-Down Braids Natural Hair
Natural hair can be made into half-up, half-down braids styles without extensions added. It’s super simple too: cornrows are made in the front and the back hair is made into individual braids. Natural braids are a protective hairstyle that helps prevent shrinkage or damage and also enhances the natural curls.
18. Half-Up, Half-Down Braided Wedding Hairstyles
Half-up, half-down braids can also be rocked by soon-to-be-brides for their big day! They are super easy hairstyles that take little time and are suitable for brides that want to achieve an absolutely gorgeous look with a simple hairstyle.
19. Hair Down With Braids on the Side
You need a lot of courage and a big personality to slay with your hair down and with braids at one side. This style is a unique one that draws a lot of attention! Hair down with braids at the side is a creative and bold style where the hair is divided into two by a center part, with one side being made into cornrows while the other side is left as long, flowing weave.
20. Stitch Braids With Curly Ponytail
Stitch braids with curly ponytails are achieved by braiding the hair as stitch braids towards the center of the head, then securing it and leaving the rest out as a loose,curly ponytail. It’s totally up to you whether you want a high or low ponytail!