Learn how to create a chignon
The word chignon comes from the French phrase chignon du cou, which means “nape of the neck.” When styling your hair into a chignon, you are literally creating a bun-like gathering of hair at the nape of your neck.
Start by washing the hair and blow drying it straight, taking care to apply a smoothing serum evenly from root to tip. Grabbing a natural-bristled brush, sweep hair back with smooth, even strokes, gathering it in a ponytail. The height of your ponytail will determine the location of your chignon. Keep in mind that the closer your ponytail is to the nape of your neck, the easier the style will be to execute.
Begin twisting the ponytail in a clockwise direction. Then, holding the twisted hair in place, coil your hair around itself, traveling in the same direction. Once you have wrapped the entire length of the ponytail around itself, and into a bun, secure it with v-shaped bobby pins. Apply some shine spray or serum to the hair, to tame pesky flyaways.
The best thing about the chignon is the number of ways you can style it to achieve a different vibe. For a more romantic feel, comb through your hair with your fingers (instead of a brush), and pull it back loosely. Wrap twisted hair in a coil around itself, leaving a few front strands out to create a slightly undone look, with soft wisps that fall in your face. For an edgier look, like the one seen on Charlize Theron, braid hair and secure with an elastic tie that matches your hair color, before coiling it into a bun.
A chignon is the perfect way to add sophistication and glamor to your look. Do you prefer wearing yours sleek and slicked-back, or wispy and whimsical?