A classic chignon

Saturday, 21 July 2012

We’ve spoken about it in a few of our Get The Look features, but have we ever told you how to perfect this classic up-do? Follow these simple steps…

Step 1

You can start a chignon with clean, straight hair, but it may not have the staying power you’re looking for. To help your up-do stay up, start by curling your hair with hot rollers or a curling iron. Spritz it with a flexible hairspray, and give the spray a few minutes to dry before you move on to the next step.

Step 2

Pull your hair back into a ponytail. The ponytail should be low, and can be centered or off to the side – set it wherever you want the chignon to appear on your head. Make sure the ponytail is secure, and be sure to smooth down any fly-aways. If you have shorter sections of hair that don’t reach the ponytail, pin them back with decorative pins or barrettes.

Step 3

Separate your ponytail into two sections, a top half and a bottom half. The sections don’t need to be the same size. In fact, you can make one section larger than the other to create a little variety in your chignon.

Step 4

Start with the top section. Hold the section of hair straight up and away from your head. Twist the section until it’s tight and you can’t twist anymore. Next, wrap that section around the ponytail holder, keeping the bottom section of hair free and hanging loose. Wrap until you reach the end of your hair, then tuck the ends under the ponytail holder and pin the twist down with one or two bobby pins. Repeat the process with the bottom section, wrapping that hair around the first section.

Step 5

Once you’ve finished both twists, add extra pins to hold the chignon in place. For the best hold, use several pins, and follow up with hairspray.

Originally written by Whitney Coy, this article appeared on SheKnows.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Belinda Joubert

    This makes an easy hairstyle for a lot of places…

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Love the how-to’s on hair. Helps a lot!

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Much simpler to do than I thought – will definitely give it a try as I’m always looking for new styles for my long hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    So elegant! And now we know how to do it at home :) Thanks.

    6 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    Hot rollers are really helpful in styling hair, and they are so quick and easy to use. I dug mine out and I’m enjoying them!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    That sounds easy, i’m sure to give it a try. I’m always looking for nice hair styles for long hair. Thanks

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Love it,will definitely try this out

    7 years ago •

  1. khan

    wow nina dobrev looks gorgeous.. love her hair

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    I have an event this week and I can’t wait to try this out

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Wow! Love this classy look and never new it was so easy to do.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    One will never go wrong with chignon!

    7 years ago •

  1. Anita

    Love the chignon, definitely gonna try it

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow i really like this hairstyle!

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Such nice and classy hairstyles that easily achievable. Double like! :-)

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I love this look. My hair is unfortunately too short to try it at the moment. :(

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    It’s times like these I miss my long hair!

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Who knew it was so simple and it looks so pretty!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I have long harir and I’m always on the lookout for nice styles. Thanks for this one! Feel free to add more on the website!

    7 years ago •

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