If you like wearing your hair up but feel like you aren't great at creating updos, then there's no easier style to create at home than the chignon. The word chignon comes from the french term "chignon du cou," which means nape of the neck. In other words, this is a style that leaves the nape of your neck visible. And really, that's the only rule. Chignons can be worn to the side, up high, down low, knotted, braided, or simply twirled around itself. A twirled chignon is the easiest to create and so that's the one we're going to teach:
- Prepare the Hair: Updos always stay better with second day hair, so try not to get hair wet the day-of. Decide how you want to part your hair. If you're going to do a side chignon, you'll definitely want to part your hair on the opposite side of the chignon. With centered styles you can part your hair however looks best on you or slick it straight back.
- Tease: No matter what kind of updo you're going to create, you'll probably want to do a bit of teasing to create some height. Without any teasing an updo can easily look like you're everyday workout bun. No the hottest look for a formal event. Play around with how and wear you decide to create height. Where the height will look best largely depends on your face shape. Girls with small faces and short foreheads need height right at the forehead to lengthen the face. Girls with longer faces might want to create height at the sides to widen their faces.
- Create a Pony Tail: Decide where you want to have your chignon sit and create a pony tail there.
- Tease the Pony Tail: Girls with thicker hair can skip this step. If you've got fine or short hair, however, you may need a little teasing so your chignon has enough volume. Teasing can be quite damaging to the hair so don't get too carried away with it.
- Twirl the Ends Around the Elastic:Separate your now poufy ponytail into two sections and twirl them in opposite directions around the elastic. Secure with Bobby Pins, spritz some hairspray, and you're done! If you've got very fine or thin hair you can also skip dividing the hair into 2 sections and just twirl it once around the elastic. Make sure the elastic is camouflaged by your hair. Eventually you'll probably be skilled enough to create this style without an elastic, but when you're just starting an elastic makes it much easier.