If you read up on the latest hair trends, there’s one word that probably sticks out in your mind as being quite popular: “chignon.” Believe it or not, chignon is really just a French word for “bun,” although it is fun to say. Still, a chignon varies slightly from a traditional bun in the sense that it’s a bit more complicated. The great thing about chignon hairstyles is that they’re super versatile (you can wear them to work or even on a romantic date) and they do a wonderful job of keeping your hair out of your face.
Looking for some cute chignon styles that you can wear from day to night? We’ve got a few in mind!
The Retro Chignon
If you’re looking to pull off a vintage, timeless look, you can’t go wrong with the retro chignon. This super-classy style is similar to a traditional chignon with the exception that the bun sits up higher, rather than falling at the nape of the neck.
To achieve the retro chignon, you’ll need:
- two ponytail holders
- bobby pins
Start by sectioning your hair into a top and bottom layer. Take the top layer and pull into a slicked-back ponytail near the crown of the head. Then, gather the lower section of hair and secure it in a second ponytail just below the first one; this will give the appearance of added volume. Now, take both sections of hair and roll it underneath your ponytail, securing in place with lots of bobby pins and some hairspray.
The Flower Chignon
If you’re looking for a more bohemian-inspired or romantic option, the flower chignon is perfect for you. For this style, you’ll just need bobby pins, a ponytail holder, hair spray, and a fresh flower.
Begin by gathering your hair in a ponytail near the base of your neck, using your fingers (and maybe some hairspray) to ensure maximum volume and lift on the top of your head. Then, take the hair that’s in your ponytail and tuck it under and around the base of your ponytail, continuing until you can’t tuck the hair any further (this will take longer if you have longer hair). Then, use bobby pins and hairspray to secure your low chignon in place. Take a fresh flower and cut it so that there’s 1-2 inches of stem remaining, and pop it into one side for a romantic and flirty look that transitions well from day to night time!
The Braided Side Chignon
For something a little more quirky and unique, a braided side chignon fits the bill. Achieving this style begins by parting your hair heavily to one side, then bringing your hair to the base of your neck on the same side. Be sure to leave one small section of hair on that side to braid later. Bring the rest of your hair into a side ponytail, tucking under and securing with bobby pins and hairspray as with a regular chignon. Then, take your remaining section of hair and braid it before using a bobby pin to secure it around your chignon.
These chignon updos will look like you spent hours on them, but once you get the hang of the technique, they only take a few minutes to pull off!