14 Gorgeous Chignon Ideas for Your Next Event

Whether you’re having a nice brunch at a posh establishment, gabbing over fizzy cocktails with girlfriends, filing paperwork at the office or even walking down the aisle, you can never go wrong with a chic chignon.  This hairstyle is as classy as it is simple, as sophisticated as it is lovely. And one thing’s for sure: the chignon will never go out of style — it’s eternally au courant.

The word “chignon” has French origin and literally translates to “at the nape.” Chignon the hairstyle, though, has transformed beyond your standard neck-grazing bun. As you can gather from the chignon tutorials below, this hairstyle can lean to the side, be placed high or low and takes on many forms.

Twisted Chignon

Twisted chignon hairstyle updoCharlane Yu / Instagram

Q&A with style creator, Charlane Yu
Bridal makeup and hair artist in Singapore

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a clean and simple chignon with delicate details at the back. Instead of a smooth bun, I literally added a twist in the hairstyle for texture, which I love. It looks better with highlighted hair as seen in the photo.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I used a heated hair curler to add volume and texture at the bottom half of her hair, which enables the hair to hold better throughout the day. I then sprayed a generous amount of holding spray to smooth the top part and secure the bun with bobby pins.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This look is suitable for people with at least shoulder length hair. Shorter hair will have a smaller chignon bun, whereas longer hair will have a more voluminous look. This look is ideal for hair with some highlights to show the details at the back. It works for most face shapes (oval, round, square), with the exception of an oblong face shape. This is because a center parting tends to elongate the face even more. As the hairstyle is pretty neat, classy and not over the top, you can wear it to the office or to a special event like a wedding or cocktail party. 

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

The chignon bun needs to be tightly secured using bobby pins. The style will not look nice if it is loose or messy. Make sure to spray the hair before and after pinning. Since all the hair is pinned at the back, the frontal face may seem a bit too bare. You can take out a few strands from each side of the face and curl them (like in the photo) to frame the face.

Bridesmaid Chignon

bridesmaid chignon hairRobin Rodriguez / Instagram

Q&A with style creator, Robin Rodriguez
Hair Artist in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look was designed for a bridesmaid in a wedding party. The woman had thick, waist-length hair and gave me the freedom to design any style I wanted as long as it was an updo. My favorite thing about this look is how smooth the braid is laid on the chignon.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I used a very small amount of the Kenra Styling Gel for flyaways, a shine spray for that extra shine, and Kenra Finishing Spray for the final look. Oh and lots of bobby pins! 

What type of person would this look work best for?

This look is perfect for someone who wants a chic and classic hairstyle. This is a no fuss, no maintenance updo. The style works best for medium to long hair and straight to textured hair types. It is perfect for weddings, entertainment events, proms or a romantic evening out on the town. 

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

This updo can be worn by all styles, face shapes and hair types. It can be modernized or styled in its classic formThe chignon is a classic simple updo for all!

Bigger & Tighter

bigger tighter chignonInstagram @drennyj

Q&A with style creator, Dren Jeffcote
Mobile Hair & Makeup Artist @ Hair and Makeup with Dren in Somerset, UK


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I love chignons because they are so timeless and elegant, my favorite thing about this chignon is that it has a modern feel to it by being a little bigger and tighter. I also love how gorgeous and shiny her hair looks!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

This look needs a very good light reflecting shine spray and a lightweight hairspray. The shine spray I used was from Toni and Guy, and I used it all over once I had finished dressing the hair. The hairspray was the L’Oréal Pro Range. You mustn’t over do the hairspray as this can make the chignon lose its smoothness. Little sprays often are needed to help keep the hair all in place.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This style can work with almost any hair type, with the help of hair padding in most cases! With the right styling tools to keep the hair sleek, almost anyone can wear this look. It’s a very sophisticated and simple style, yet it’s also very bold and daring. It works well with statement jewelry, luscious lashes and a fierce lip color.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Look after your hair. The smoother your hair, the better your chignon will look. Be sure to use a hair oil to calm and soften any split ends, and get regular haircuts to keep your hair looking healthy.

Wedding Elegant

elegant wedding chignonInstagram @emily_gaj

Q&A with style creator, Emily Gargiulo
Hairstylist @ Luminez Salon in Merrick, NY


How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This look is an elegant and sleek updo. It is great for any special occasion, especially a wedding. It is great for anyone who doesn’t like hair in the face and wants something that they can dance and shake around without worry.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

The best products to achieve and keep this look lasting all day and night would be Kerestase L’incroyable Blowdry on wet hair before blow drying to protect from heat. This product reactivates, so no need to reapply when going in with the flat iron. Control the hair with Baume Double Je as a finishing touch to add shine and keep the flyalways down. Finish the look with an extra strong hold hairspray like Laque Noire.

What type of person would this look work best for?

This full yet sleek chignon accentuates the face and is beautiful with a bold lip and dramatic eye.

Trendy Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Broughton-Evans
Hairstylist @ Danielle Broughton-Evans Hair in Crewe, England


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this style as it’s so adaptable to all clients. It is classy with a little twist to keep it on trend!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Redken Quick Tease is a must! It is literally the best hairspray ever and so amazing for creating a textured look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is such an adaptable style, making it wearable by all. A little fullness could be added to help elongate the face. It’s a great style to create on ladies who like to wear extensions.

Simple Elegance

Simple Elegance hairstyleInstagram @hairbydanileah

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Waterman
Hairstylist @ Alibi NYC Salon in New York City, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I see this as an elegant style that doesn’t look overly done, making it appropriate for casual and formal events alike. Most upstyles are very curled, so I love that this is a straighter alternative that’s still soft and romantic.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

My model’s hair was silky smooth, so dry shampoo (or a similar dry texturizing product) is a must! This style was all about simplicity, absolutely no curling required. I started by creating a low teased ponytail tied at both ends. I rolled it into a bun and secured it so that it didn’t wiggle when she shook her head. Only a few bobby pins were used to drape the rest, tucking in loose ends while letting longer pieces fall out organically.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is actually a great style for shoulder length hair! A lot of women think that their hair is too short to put up, but I think there’s always a solution. This should be a quick and easy style to recreate on your own since it requires no heat, a couple elastics and a few bobbi pins. The carefree style will allow you to look put-together either at the office or in a wedding. It’s really versatile!

Distinctive Chignon

Distinctive Chignon hairstyleInstagram @gloriachan_

Q&A with style creator, Gloria Chan
Art Director @ Orazio Anelli Hairstylist in Rome, Italy


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a messy and dusty look with a little detail that make this hairstyle strangely graceful. My favorite thing is wool detail. By using this distinctive accessory, I created a different, unusual and funny updo!

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I am the Art Director for Orazio Anelli Hairstylist and a Global Fashion Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel, so I use only the best products of this brand. For this look I used Next Day Hair, a micro-propelled texturizing powder that gives a tousled effect and a messy finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I was inspired by Coachella. I recommend this updo for the fashionista with a boho chic style. This look is perfect for the girl with particular attention to details and a refined style.

Boho Braided Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Cecilia
Hairstylist @ Le Boudoir in Belleville, Paris, FR


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This created is a boho chic braided style.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

To recreate this look, I advise you to play on two versions of braids inverted braids and tresses in cobs. Obviously it is necessary to relax the braids to avoid falling into too strict of a look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle is suitable for young women from 20 to 30 years old. The braided bun is, in my opinion, universal. It is suitable for medium to long, smooth or supple hair, regardless of the shape of your face. It is up to you to leave a wick brushed on the forehead, for example, to soften the features.

This bun can be worn every day as well as for your evenings, Sunday brunch or other special occassions. It gives originality to your hair, both careful and relaxed. Think of accessories too! The designers do not lack imagination. Chic barrettes, a twistband, ribbons and tiaras would all suit this look.

Versatile Upstyle

Versatile Upstyle hairstyleInstagram @boho_bb_mua

Q&A with style creator, Brooke Thompson
Bridal Hair Stylist / Make Up Artist @ Boho Beauty Box Hair and Makeup Artistry in Great Yarmouth, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as simple, stunning and versatile. My favorite thing about this look is that it is very quick to do. This style took me just 30 minutes to create, perfect, and add Gypsofila to finish.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To create this look, I asked the client to wash her hair the morning before the wedding. This allows a little dirt build up for the next morning which gives it the grip and texture it needs to manipulate the hair into the style needed.

I decided to use homemade hair padding to create the chignon shape. I highly recommend this for ease and to save the client’s hair from backcombing it doesn’t really need.

I used Sexy Hair Dry Wax Spray to tame any flyaways and finished the style with Fudge Skyscraper medium hold hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style would suit any face shape and can be moved from the side to sit at the nape of the neck. The style is ideal for people with mid length to long hair and all thicknesses even fine hair!

It’s the perfect style for any occasion including weddings, proms and red carpet events.

Timeless Classic

Q&A with style creator, Kelly Hanks
Hairdresser @ Kelly Hanks Hair Design in Barnsley, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a timeless classic! It’s sleek, neat and elegant, and I love it because it’s so versatile.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look is quite soft, so to prepare I always dry in a light mousse first. I always use a large tong to put some curl and body through the hair. This also makes it much easier when you come to roll.

A few clip-in hair extensions can go a long way to making this look much fuller for ladies with fine hair. For shorter hair lengths you can cut a hair donut in half and use this to wrap the hair around as you roll. This will also give you something to grip to when securing it in place.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This hairstyle can be created on long hair as well as shoulder length hair. Obviously the longer the hair, the thicker the roll. Hair with layers can be a little trickier, so it does tend to suit one length hair better.

This is such a versatile style. I’ve created it on brides, bridesmaids, and even wedding guests, so it will suit anyone.

Effortlessly Chic

Effortlessly Chic hairstyleInstagram @hilary.farrell

Q&A with style creator, Hilary Farrell Embry
Owner/Stylist @ Halcyon Studio in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as effortlessly chic. It’s the kind of style that looks beautiful with a sundress or with a wedding dress. The goal for this style was to create something that looked somewhat undone, but felt secure enough to dance all night and wouldn’t look like it was messed up if a few hairs went out of place.

My favorite thing about this look is how understated it is. It complemented the dress and the venue perfectly without upstaging any other details.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

My three favorite products are Kenra Volume Spray, Amika Un.Done Texture Spray, and Puff.Me Powder by Design.Me

I use these three products for almost every single updo or style. They are each amazing products on their own, and they work so well together for the perfect combination of texture, volume and hold without looking too stiff. I love hairstyles that still feel and look like hair (rather than a helmet or a wig), and these three products are my secret to achieving that.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The great thing about this look is that it can be adjusted to create the perfect look for absolutely anyone. This particular bride chose a middle part with lots of loose pieces (and hardly any wave or curl) around her face for a more simple, effortless look to compliment her outdoor wedding venue.

The style could be curled prior to pinning to create a slightly more formal look, or the loose pieces can be swept back for a more sleek style. The part can also be moved from the center to the side to compliment different face shapes, or pushed back away from the face with no part for a more modern look.

Elegant Yet Rustic

Q&A with style creator, Camilla Collins
Hair and Makeup Artist @ Bespoke Hair and Makeup Design in London, UK


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as an elegant yet rustic hairstyle. This look was created for a bride who went for a heavier smokey eye makeup for her wedding day, but kept it sweet and playful while still remaining elegant with her hairstyle.

I love the fact that this hairstyle is such an easy one to wear. It keeps the hair neatly tucked back with the side braid while still incorporating an elegant chignon with a little bit more to it. Braids are very much on trend but can be difficult to pull off, especially for a wedding day as braids are often out of the ordinary for most people. I think this style is perfect for creating an organic style that is on-trend, but still remains elegant with its chignon finish and the addition of a beautiful comb accessory.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

When it comes the braids, the thicker the hair the better. I used heated rollers for this look which ensured we had body and volume from the root to the tip to create a chunkier braid and a more natural look. The chignon was created with hair rolled over to create the bun, and the tail end of the braid twisted round to finish it off.

A bit of mousse or even dry shampoo to create more texture will really help to create a more natural and rustic look, as well as making it easier to style and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is a gorgeous style for many occasions. It’s featured here on a bride, but can easily be used for bridesmaids and I have done similar look for occasion hairstyling as well. It’s the perfect hairstyle for someone who doesn’t want anything too structured, but still wants to look elegant.

Depending on the face shape, more height can be created at the top to elongate the face, or it can be easily flattened with a deep parting to create a very natural, boho chic style. Braids of this type always lend themselves to thicker or more coarse hair, and while braids can sometimes look harsh with hair pulled back, the entire look can easily be softened with tendrils hanging down in the front to frame the face.

Messy Bun with Loose Curls

Messy Bun with Loose Curls hairstyleInstagram @stellachiohair

Q&A with style creator, Stella Chio
Bridal Hair Specialist @ Hair Beauty Salon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This hairstyle is a messy bun with loose curls. I love how the loose curls complement the bun and give it a much softer look.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend a good curling iron. We used a 1-inch barrel curling iron for this particular look. If your hair is shorter or not very thick, it might be a good idea to invest in some clip-in hair extensions. They make a world of a difference to updos.

My go-to products are always Schwarzkoft Osis hairspray and Dust It to secure the backcombing.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works well for everyone! It is definitely one of the most requested hairstyles. You can adjust the amount of volume and loose curls depending on what suits the client’s face best, and of course keeping in mind what she likes.

Low Textured Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Abbate
Hairstylist @ Simply Gorgeous by Erin in Southington, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a low textured chignon, or for a less fancy word, “bun”. I love this look because it is simple, not too fussy, yet still so elegant and romantic, standing the test of time.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I recommend slightly curling the ends to create some bend in the hair. This will make it much easier to position the hair, as it will all be going in one direction. Once you have done a quick curl, spray texturizing spray throughout the entire head (my absolute favorite is Spray Clay by Sexy Hair). Section the hair into three sections (two on the sides and one in the back). Then, a good tease will help create volume and give you a base to put your bobby pins in.

For extra texture, I like to use Kenra Medium Hold Hairspray. This gives the hair some grit without being sticky. Once you have placed all of your pins, spray with Kenra Ultra Volume Hairspray (the best and strongest hairspray out there).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

To recreate this exact look, the perfect candidate would be someone with medium length, highlighted hair. However, I love this look because literally anyone can wear it.

Any face shape or hair type (with the exception of a pixie cut) can wear it as long as it’s modified. For round faces, add extra volume to the crown to elongate the face. For heart shaped faces, pin the bun off to the side to create some width along the chin area. Just keep in mind to keep this look soft, especially around the face, leaving a few pieces here and there out. Anything too stiff or tight will change the look.