Half and Half Here’s a cute half-up hair idea from Lucy Liu—it’s business on the top, party on the bottom

Lucy Liu hair Paleyfest 2013 2 Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

Longtime Lucy Liu beauty fan here—Golden Globes fishtail braid aside—and I’m really feeling this hair from her appearance at PaleyFest this weekend. It’s half-up, half-down hair (which I make no secret of being a fan of) but it’s a little more interesting than the way I usually do mine.

Here’s a wider view:

Lucy Liu hair Paleyfest 2013 Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

And a little different angle:

Lucy Liu hair Paleyfest 2013 3 Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

See how it’s all smooth and sleek on the top, pulled-back section? And then the loose, long hair is all big and textured and voluminous? I think it’s a great way to dress up such a simple hairstyle, when just pulling it back and letting it hang there would be too boring. Business on the top, party on the bottom.

AND it’s a good trick for those of us whose half-updos tend to be a little volume-challenged. Fine, straight-haired people, you know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s like when you take that upper section away, you’re just not left with enough to work with. I know her hair’s not half-up here, and she was deliberately going for a wet look, but I feel like my half-updos can get dangerously close to Claire Danes territory:

Claire Danes greasy hair Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

Remember that? It still haunts me. Anyway, I think Lucy’s teasing job could be the way to go instead. Here’s how I’d do it:

1. Part your hair over to the side.

2. Section off the hair at the top that’s going to be pulled back, and clip it high up on your head. (You don’t want to secure it the final way yet, as it’ll interfere with the teasing.)

3. Grab a big paddle brush like the Mason Pearson (a seriously essential beauty investment if there ever was one) and working in small sections (about as much hair as you’d curl at a time in an iron), lift the hair straight up away from your head and then brush down in about three short, quick strokes.

4. Once you’ve teased all the hair, you can brush the top layer down a bit to smooth it so it’s not so crazy-teased-looking. Not too much, though, as the slight messiness is part of the look.

5. Unclip the smooth section at the top and work it into place, keeping the side part, before fastening it at the back. Something like the Goody Dome Barrette would be perfect.

No word on what Lucy used to secure hers, but here it is to the side more:

Lucy Liu hair Paleyfest 2013 4 Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

(Eeks on the false eyelashes, but oh well.) Here’s the head to toe:

Lucy Liu hair Paleyfest 2013 5 Heres a cute half up hair idea from Lucy Liu—its business on the top, party on the bottom

Cute, right? I think the hair is the perfect finishing touch for her outfit to give it a little edge. Now over to you:

Are you a Lucy Liu fan?
Would you try this hairstyle?
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3 Comments

Lovisa
Monday, October 7/2013 at 3:16 pm

Can’t believe she is turning 45, she looks amazingly young. The only wrinkles she has is some laugh lines around the eyes. The reason behind her youthful skin must be because of the extra buccal fat that east-asians often have.

Skin aside, I love this hair style.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 7/2013 at 3:56 pm

Get out – she’s almost 45? It’s been a while since I wrote about her – I had in my mind she was late 30s (and even looks amazing for that!). Aside from the eye creases she really has not aged.

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Audrey
Monday, October 7/2013 at 4:43 pm

I love half up hair, I really do. It is so flattering on pretty much everybody and you can ensure volume and length at the same time. But. Buuut…. it always looks dated to me. Like kinda J Lo reminiscent, always looks like a 90′s/ early 2000′s do. The only non-annoying way to do half up half down is for somebody like Adele or Zoey Deschanel when it is done in a 60′s vibe kind of way. Not to rain on your parade, this is totally just my personal opinion, but I can’t quite get on board half up unless it is done with a retro twist.

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