24 Gorgeous Chignon Ideas for Your Next Event

chignon ideas

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.

Brigitte Bardot Inspired

Brigitte Bardot Inspired
Instagram @adornsalon

This timeless updo with full bangs is a laid-back hairstyle that can be done in minutes! Suitable for straight to wavy hair, this voluminous style is a classic game-changer.

French Braid

French Braid
Instagram @maya_heart_hairstyles

There are countless braiding styles to try when you have a lot of hair to play with – like this infusion of a waterfall-braided headband and a super pretty bun. It looks sophisticated when worn with a scarf for a fresh and accentuated hairstyle.

Elegant with a Flower Pin

Elegant with a Flower Pin
Instagram Instagram @by_thuy_vi

Go simple yet sophisticated with an accessorized twist. Leave some curly tendrils in front for a softer feminine look!

Glam Date Night

Glam Date Night
Instagram @rogeriokrisan

This one’s a jaw-dropping, absolutely sexy bun that will get you going all day! It works with a balayaged hair and some slight waves for a flirty vibe.

Ideal for Medium Length Hair

Ideal for Medium Length Hair
Instagram @theblondielocks

This chic and simple chignon that anyone can recreate is lovely for a holiday party! No need to spend hours to look fab!

Bridesmaid

Q&A with style creator, Sara Ortega
Owner & Personal Stylist @ HairSpray Studio in Chula Vista, CA

How would you describe this look?

It is a very artistic updo but still wearable and elegant. The best about it is the huge roses. I decided to do them blue because of the winter season. It gives it that cold/winter feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look can only be created with the help of extensions. The client must already have 20-inch long hair and be very abundant. It takes a lot of hair to create these roses.

Gorgeous for Curly Hair

Gorgeous for Curly Hair
Instagram @nicozak_beauty

Tame your exquisite curls a bit by tying it up into a huge bun decorated with cute flowers for a feminine touch. Leaving some tendrils beside the face gives the look a soft finish.

Q&A with style creator, Nicolas Silveira Zakorchini
Hairstylist @ Espaço Equilíbrio in Londrina, PR


How would you describe this look?

This look was created to reproduce a classic hairstyle but in a soft and young fashion, and despite being a hairstyle intended for brides with some adaptations it can be used even in day by day. The best part of this look is the fact that it is worked in a unique way with the texture of the hair, respecting the shape of the curls, and using the naturalness to build the look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The clients who want this type of hairstyle can be from the most conservative who love classic inspirations (if it is made with less volume and with struts embedded in more organized patterns) to those who like more modern looks, but still love to use hairstyles fully attached in a contemporary fashion (if the hairstyle is worked with more random structures until slightly messy). The hairstyle can be done in all hair textures, however, the concept behind this hairstyle was to value the natural texture of hair to make up the hairstyle.

To enhance hair texturizing, it is ideal to use leave-in curler or enhancers that enhance curls and a strong fixing mousse to give volume and definition. The ideal drying is with the diffuser always using the hands to stimulate the texture in the hair. With completely dry hair, the wicks should be organized, and if there is too much frizz a light serum can help give luster and keep the wires aligned.

If the hair is thin and with little volume, a filler can be used to give structure to the hairstyle. The spray fixative is an ally to help keep the hairstyle in place, giving body to the wires and make a perfect finishing.

Perfect for Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Josie Huntington
Stylist @ Pro Do Blow Dry Bar in Draper, UT


How would you describe this look?

This look is a natural yet textured style that also can portray an elegance for those date nights, weddings, or even just a way to keep hair out of your face. I love that you can do this with any length and make it your own!

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s an easy and fast style that can be executed both in the salon and at home – you can keep it soft or textured by using simple products! (A little goes a long way) I believe this style is perfect for any age, face shape, and hair type and please make it your own! You can start a trend with anything these days, be confident, and strut your stuff! Texture and messy is a new style these days but elegant is just as classy and beautiful!

Messy Boho

This features a cute little bohemian bun with some natural accent. It’s a surely easy style to recreate in just under a few minutes!

Q&A with style creator, Emily Giangrasso
Owner / Stylist @ Knotty Hair Salon in Suisun City, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a beautiful party or wedding look for those free spirits who want to have a great time without the worry of perfect hair. I created a soft chignon with some greenery just for fun.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If a client is considering this look for an event I would suggest that they ask their stylist for dimensional color prior to having the style. Highlights or lowlights intensify reflection and depth in the hair. This is essential for showcasing the movement in all upstyles.

Halo Braid

Q&A with style creator, Kasia Fortuna
Hairstylist @ Kristina Gasperas Academy in Richmond, UK


How would you describe this look?

It’s a twist braid boho chic updo. This textured bun is soft and flattering. It can be worn with jeans and a T-shirt or a sparkly dress. The best thing about this updo is that it can be adjusted to be neat and sleek or big, textured and messy to suit your personality and the occasion.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look would be best achieved on long hair. If your hair is shorter, you might have to clip in hair extensions for volume and length. To start with, blow-dry your hair with volumizing mousse from Maroccanoil, then spray your roots with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun. Finally, do two twist braids starting at the temples crisscrossing with grips at the nape of the neck and meeting again at the crown. Remember that braids have to be pulled out as much as possible for a soft effortless effect, and always adjust the tendrils around the face to suit your face shape.

Chignon Using a Fishtail Braid

Q&A with style creator, Caroline Coiffeuse
Co-owner @ La Belle & La Tête in Quebec, QC


How would you describe this look?

This fishtail braid style is a must for a messy bun effect. I like this look because it can be very glamour but also adapts to all kinds of occasions.

Any advice for someone considering it?

However, this type of braid is harder to realize than a classical braid. Just take your time to practice and do not expect to have a perfect result at the first time. To set the braid, use bobby pins and fixative spray to finalize the look. Here’s a tutorial Youtube to help you understand how to perform hairstyle: https://youtu.be/be6jGqWmu4g

Low Chignon

Low chignon
Instagram @devonbaltimore

Q&A with style creator, Devon Baltimore
Freelance Stylist/Educator @ Up Do Specialist LLC in Ashburn, VA


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

This look is a timeless and classic hairstyle that can be so versatile. I love that you can wear it “Plain Jane”, or put in a fun hair accessory for a different look.

My favorite think about this style is that you can rock this look whether you have super thin hair or very thick hair.

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

This bride has extremely thin/fine hair. I always start by building up the base of the hair, teasing each section then curling it to get as much volume and movement as possible. I use Kenra #25 and #30 hairspray because I love the shine and hold they give.

Think of it like putting a puzzle together fill in all the gaps and be conscious of how much hair you have to work with. I start in the back, leaving the top and sides out. This way you can use that extra hair to cover any visible bobby pins and put those signature finishing touches on your creation.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This is beautiful for the bride that wants a stunning timeless look. I call this style the modern classic bride. You want the hair to compliment the whole look, not compete with it. She will look back at this style in 20 years and still love it.

Modern Day Chignon

Modern Day Chignon hairstyle
Instagram @emjacksonhair

Q&A with style creator, Emily Jackson
Hairstylist @ Fresh Salon in Lincoln, Nebraska


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

This is a textured, modern day chignon. My favorite thing about it is that it looks elegant, but also very natural and simplistic. You could easily wear this style for a wedding or an evening out.

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

I recommend using Unite Texturiza spray (or another dry texturizing spray) on hair after putting in some beach waves, but before creating your chignon. This will give the hair that perfectly tousled and piecey texture that keeps the style “undone” looking.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this hairstyle can be done on anyone with fine to medium hair texture. The most important thing is to prep the hair to a beachy, lived-in texture before styling completely. Whether you are going for a more elegant occasion or just a night out, this style can easily be created for both.

Bigger & Tighter

bigger tighter chignon
Instagram @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.

Elegant Wedding Chignon

elegant wedding chignon
Instagram @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.

Simple Elegance

Simple Elegance hairstyle
Instagram @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!

Easy Chignon Bun

Easy Chignon Bun
Instagram @styledbygee1

The look of the Royals can now be easily achieved at home. This classic do is neatly tucked at the nape and usually secured with fancy headpiece.

The Perfect Bridesmaid Chignon

The Perfect Bridesmaid Chignon
Instagram @pati.rodrigz

Modern elegance meets winter knot glamour! With all the swirls and the pearls, you’ll feel like royalty on that special day.

Classic French Chignon

Classic French Chignon
Instagram @bananasfordiana

Messy yet sophisticated – tuck your strands into an elegant knot without effort. Leave some frontal pieces down and curly for a sexy finish.

Messy Bun with Loose Curls

Messy Bun with Loose Curls hairstyle
Instagram @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.

Simple and Soft Updo

Simple and Soft Updo hairstyle
Instagram @meganbalinski

Q&A with style creator, Megan Balinski
Hair Artist @ ZOKU Salon in Summit, NJ


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

This is a simple and soft, but not “too perfect” updo.

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

Use a texture spray from roots to ends to achieve texture and some grip for the pins. Additionally, use a working hairspray for hold and a shine spray to finish it off and keep it from looking too matte from the texture spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think this look can work for any hair texture. Medium to mid length works best. Depending on the face shape, some pieces can be left out around the face for softness.

Aussie-Inspired Chignon

Q&A with style creator, Lianne Claire
Makeup and Hair Artist @ Dream Reflection in Sydney, AU


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

This is a classic chignon with an Aussie twist!

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

I like to blow dry the hair smooth using Biosilk Smoothing Balm before tonging all over to put a bend in the hair to assist in the upstyle. I also love PPS flat iron spray for heat protection, and my favorite hairspray for all of my upstyling is Fudge Skyscraper. It smells divine! I never use a hairspray I can’t stand the smell ofthere are plenty out there!

Teasing, smoothing and positioning are always techniques you need for any upstyle. We were lucky enough to just use this bride’s natural hair, but often I will use padding for fullness.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

You definitely need length and volume for this style. It is perfect for the bride who is going for a more elegant look with smoothness and clean design.

I absolutely adored the Aussie natives that her florist had made into the hairpiece. I think it really made the look!

Twisted Chignon

Twisted Chignon
Instagram @thornebrides

A low knot placed at the nape area effortlessly exudes refined style. Add a piece of jewelry and some fringe and you’ll be glam day to night.