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We know you鈥檙e as much a聽fan of the coveted half-up look as we are, but mastering the perfect half-up style can be a bit tricky. Hear us out! We get you don鈥檛聽want to look like a schoolgirl and do want to rock a 鈥榙o with tons of volume. Enter this Pinterest-worthy hack that鈥檒l meet all your spring hairstyle needs. In fact, we wouldn鈥檛 be surprised if you put this hair DIY on constant rotation in the months ahead. Half-Mohawk, full-on fullness 鈥 we鈥檙e聽in!

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STEP 1: ANCHOR YOUR SIDES

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The number one聽takeaway here is to anchor your sides as demonstrated above 鈥 that鈥檚 going to be your first step in hacking this look. Anchoring at the sides helps give your braid that聽Mohawk feel,聽and keeps the look from veering into聽鈥80s territory. To pull off this technique,聽lift your crown up and out of the way. Next, pin back a one-inch section of hair on each side with vertically placed pins. Don鈥檛 worry 鈥 your pins won鈥檛 show because聽they鈥檒l be covered by your braid.

STEP 2: HACK FULLNESS AT THE CROWN

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Next, take the section of聽hair聽you聽lifted out of the way and tease it with a fine-tooth comb. For best results, split hair into three sections and spray a volumizing, root-lifting product聽on all three sections (one layer at a time), then tease聽your heart out. I like Not Your Mother鈥檚 Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray聽($11)聽or Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($44)聽for gorgeous, instant volume.

STEP 3: BRAID THAT MOHAWK

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Gently grab hair from the sides and begin creating a three-strand French braid. Secure the end of your braid with an elastic band. I like Scunci Clear No Damage Poly Bands聽($9). You鈥檒l be ending your braid about two or three聽inches below your side anchor pins.

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Add fullness to your braid by pancaking it, and pin in place to maintain long-lasting fullness. Scuni No Slip Grip Beautiful Blends Bobby Pins聽($3)聽are great for ombres聽and blondes especially.

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And there she is! Don鈥檛 you just love this Mohawk braided half-updo? It鈥檚 perfect for any festive occasion, or just dressing up your strands as a little gift to YOU. We love a style that provides effortless, long-lasting fullness in just a few minutes.

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Hair by Maritza Buelvas
Photography by Jennifer Coffey
Modeling by聽Danielle Maddox
Makeup by Shannon Rodriguez
Wardrobe by Veronica Sheaffer
Location Veronica Sheaffer Studio