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.
High Twisted Chignon
The beautiful Kayley of Sidewalk Ready walks you through a tutorial for a super sleek, high chignon with a (literal) twist. This look is ideal for ultra formal events and requires no more than a hairbrush and comb, volumizer, ponytail holder, bobby pins and hair spray.
Side Swept Chignon
This side swept chignon has made the Internet rounds, but we’d be remiss to leave it out of our “classy chignon” post as it’s absolutely gorgeous. This one’s brought to you by the Earthly goddess that is Martha Stewart, who breaks it down into easy steps from start to finish. She recommends the look for a wedding, but it’s appropriate for an array of events.
Loosely Curled Chignon
This loosely curled chignon by Paris-based Rubi of She Lets Her Hair Down has a soft and romantic vibe to it reminiscent of the Gibson girls era. You can check out the full tutorial on her blog, but essentially you section off hair, curl and then twist and pin into a delightfully feminine updo.
Also from Rubi of She Lets Her Hair Down is this smoother, rolled version of a decorated chignon. If you’re feeling crafty, follow this tutorial for making the pretty, celestial adornments pictured here. Feel free to get creative and ornament this look however you prefer, as well. Think sparkly vintage barrettes, DIY seashell pins, etc.
Lest we forget shorter haired women, we had to include this enchanting, headband version of the chignon. It works on both medium-short to medium length hair and all you need is an elastic headband and hair product to keep locks in place. The video tutorial from Lauren Conrad’s The Beauty Department breaks it down into easy-to-follow steps.
It’s no secret that braids are a definite hair do this days, so why not combine the classic chignon with the braid trend? To create this look, separate hair into two side sections and French braid both. Then, cross the braids over each other — arranging as you desire — and pin the braids together. Get the full tutorial at the Oh Happy Day blog.
French Twist Chignon
What do you get when you combine the French twist with a chignon? A glamorous updo worth of compliments, that’s what. YouTube user Lilith Moon makes this impressive chignon easy-as-pie to re-create in this video tutorial.
If 7 classy chignon styles still isn’t enough, check out this DIY retro-inspired chignon.