When it comes to, no-muss, no-fuss hairstyles, you can’t beat the half-up topknot. It’s perfect for hot summer days and whenever you don’t feel like spending too much time on your hair. The casual-chic coif is so effortless that it can take just seconds to style. Yet, it still adds a certain polish -- even if you haven’t shampooed in days. Whether your style is spontaneous or structured, this go-to do offers the best of both worlds: an easy, relaxed vibe and the cool, off-your-face advantage of an updo.
This versatile up-and-down style is an equal-opportunity option. It works on every kind of hair: long, short, curly, straight, layered and blunt cut. Some people are so taken with the half-bun that they affectionately call it the “hun.” And it’s foolproof. Even if you’re not particularly handy with your hair, there’s pretty much no way you can get it wrong. The more lived-in your hair looks, the better.
Although New York City celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend claims he started the trend when he gave Ashley Olsen a half-up topknot for the Met Ball in 2015, Jared Leto showed up at the Golden Globes in half-up-man-bun mode in 2014. And Jake Gyllenhaal was wearing what can only be described as a half-up-man-nub a year before that.
It’s a staple for stars and civilians alike: Celebs spotted sporting the look include Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Zoe Saldana and Kates Hudson and Middleton. Ariana Grande was seen wearing two half-up topknots at once. We’re not sure what she had in mind: They looked like Mickey Mouse ears.