Few things in life are truly universal. But the half-up, half-down hairstyle is a rare and welcome exception: It works for almost everyone who wishes to rock it, no matter their texture, shade, or preference. It’s a true workhorse. If you’re looking to conceal greasy roots, a textured pony at the crown can hide them until wash day. If you’re doing Pilates or going for a run around your neighborhood and still want to look chic, a sleek pull-back will keep your strands out of your face. It’s the perfect way to show off bold or experimental makeup by drawing attention to the eyes, and if you’re just plain feeling indecisive, the look is versatile enough to inspire a new variation every day.
Best of all, it’s the perfect style for day-to-night dressing, so you can hop from grocery shopping to a dinner party without taking a shower or reaching for a brush. This theory is more than proven by our favorite celebrities: contrasting flowing locks with some creativity up top—from a sculptural top knot to a chic half-ponytail—can look elegant, playful, or avant-garde, depending on the mood you’re in or the event you’re attending (even if it is virtual, for now) Ahead, 46 reasons why some half-up, half-down styling is the best way to break up your hair routine (yes, even you, short-haired gals).