A chignon is a quick, simple hairstyle that can work for the office or for an upscale event. While chignons were once reserved for a more mature crowd, starlets and celebrities of every age bracket are sporting the classic hairstyle. The key to a great chignon is to make it your own.

Basic Chignon Tips

All chignons use the same essential elements. Your hair must be shoulder length or longer for a chignon. Use styling cream throughout to add texture to your hair. Work the cream in with your fingers, then gather your hair at the nape of the neck and secure with a hair elastic. Wipe the excess styling cream through the ponytail. Split the ponytail into two sections. Twist one section and bring it to the opposite side, wrapping the base of the ponytail in the process. Secure with bobby pins. Do the same with the remaining section. Spray with hairspray to keep the chignon perfectly in place.

Casual Chignon

A casual chignon is a great way to deal with dirty hair or hair that simply won’t cooperate. Split hair in the center for a luxe bohemian feel. Work styling cream through hair as described above. Gather hair at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic. From here you can do one of two things. You can wrap the hair elastic and pull hair half-way through the last time, so you have a loose bun, or you can proceed with wrapping the hair, but this time loosely secure it with bobby pins. Both techniques result in a chignon that is casual yet polished. The former technique works well with wavy or curly hair, while the latter works great for straight hair.

Evening Chignon

For an evening chignon, your chignon should look coiffed and polished. Use styling cream as described, and be sure every stray hair is slicked down as you gather hair at the nape of the neck. When it comes time to split the ponytail into two sections, use hairspray on each section and a fine tooth comb to smooth down hair. Twist each section as tightly as possible and secure on the opposite side with bobby pins. The result will be a tight chignon that is the epitome of upscale chic. This look is especially appealing with an open neckline and chandelier earrings.

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