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Chignon How-To

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Chignon How-To

Learn How to Create a Chignon

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Classic, timeless, and incredibly chic, fewer hairstyles have been more resilient than the chignon. The look is a favorite for red carpet events, and celebrities like Emma Stone and Lauren Conrad are frequently seen sporting the style. Find out how to create this glamorous look for yourself.

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?
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THANK YOU! I've been wanting an easy tute for ages from all the recommendations. Thank you so much! =) This comment has been removed.
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I love this look especially with the wispy sideswept bangs! This comment has been removed.
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I love the idea of doing this with a braid - that's pretty stylish This comment has been removed.
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Looks cute. :) This comment has been removed.
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I love the style. This comment has been removed.
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This seems very easy. Love that! :O) This comment has been removed.
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I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for the instructions :) This comment has been removed.
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Very pretty look. I like Emma Stone's sideswept bangs with the hairstyle as well. This comment has been removed.
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I love this and it DOES look easy, but do you think it's more difficult to hold for thicker hair? This comment has been removed.
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This is such an elegant hairstyle. I like these tips for recreating it yourself. This comment has been removed.
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I like LC's! This comment has been removed.
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Emma is so pretty! I love it! This comment has been removed.
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So glamorous when we wear this style. Love this article! This comment has been removed.
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