Many believe the chignon originated in France, thus lending the elegant updo its name. But a bit of research will prove that women (and men!) have been sporting the hairstyle long before France was even a country. In fact, the Ancient Greeks were thought to have adorned their chignons with gold and ivory hairpins, while women in Ancient China also wore the bun in a low style at the nape of the neck (or in french, au chignon du cou). (sources: Ancient Greek and Chinese Hairstyles). Regardless of where and when the bun became popular, it has always been the epitome of class and sophistication.
Today I will show you how to create your own chignon in just a few easy steps. The key thing about this hairstyle is that it is very diverse - you can wear the bun low and at the nape of your neck per the traditional look, or you can create a more modern twist by sporting the chignon on the top of your head. You can also play with the sleekness of the bun - do you want it to look well-kept and refined, or messy and playful? For this tutorial I chose to do a high, polished chignon.
You Will Need:
- A hairbrush
- Bobby pins (5-10, depending on how thick and/or long your hair is)
- A hair tie
- Hair shine spray
- A bun-maker (can be bought at your local CVS or Walgreens)
- Headscarf (*Optional*)
Step 1. Brush Your Hair
To achieve a sleek chignon, you must not have any tangles or wayward strands of hair - the best way to avoid this is to turn your head upside-down and brush all of it into a ponytail on top of your head. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie.
Step 2. Affix the Bun-Maker
Take the bun-maker and pull your ponytail through the center, fastening the chignon so that it covers your hair tie.
Step 3. Fan Hair Around Bun-Maker
Let go of your ponytail and let your hair fan out around the bun-maker. Make sure the hair is fanned out evenly, so that you will achieve a smooth chignon.
Step 4. Tuck In Ends
Begin to tuck in the ends of your hair under the bun-maker. This is the trickiest step, and the more hair you have generally the more challenging it will be (lucky me). I started by taking a few pieces of hair at a time and swirling them around the bun-maker, then securing with a bobby-pin before taking the next few pieces. I did this until all of my hair was loosely tucked under the bun-maker, and then I secured the look with a few more pins for good measure.
Step 5. Spray Hair
For this look I didn't bother using any hairspray, but if you are prone to fly-aways or frizzies then perhaps you will want to use a little to ensure that your chignon will remain flawless throughout the day. Instead of hairspray I used a conditioning shine spray by Ojon.
If you want to add a little pizazz to the look, read on to Step 6 (optional). Otherwise, your chic and elegant updo is done!
Step 6. Add a Headscarf (optional)
To make the look a bit more fun, try adding a headscarf! It's super easy and can quickly dress up any casual outfit - last weekend I wore my hair like this while wearing jeans shorts, a t-shirt, and canvas wedges.
First, fold your scarf in half so that it makes a triangle. Then fold the pointed tip of the triangle down to about the half-way point (this will conceal the tip of the scarf once it is in your hair). Fold the scarf in half one more time so that you have created a thick band.
Wrap the scarf around the front of your bun and cross the ends in the back. Depending on how long your scarf is you can tie it in a knot in either the front of the bun or in the back (I tied mine in the front).
Tuck the ends of the scarf underneath the part that is already wrapped around your chignon. Et voila! Votre coiffure est prêt.