How to Make a Chignon: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Chignon: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Chignon: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

The chignon - really just a chic word for bun - has become an integral part of fashion. You see chignons on the heads of all kinds of pop stars and actresses. To be as hip as those girls, try these two easy ways to make a chignon.


Method 1 of 2: The two-piece chignon

Step 1. Brush your hair so that there are no more tangles

It's much easier to make a bun out of smooth, tangle-free hair, and it looks nicer too.

Step 2. Comb your hair back and create a tight, low ponytail

Make sure it is centered and secure with a rubber band. Part your hair so that you have two equally thick ponytails. Hold a tail in each hand.

Step 3. Wrap the right tail around the left tail a few times, then finally over the rubber band

Secure it with a bobby pin (or several if you have thick hair).

Step 4. Take the left tail

Twist it over the right tail to make a bun. Secure it with bobby pins or put another rubber band around the entire bun to hold it in place.

Step 5. Put some hairspray over the bun to hold it in place

You can also use a wax or pomade.

Use a small comb or toothbrush to smooth stubborn hairs

Step 6. Done

Method 2 of 2: The side chignon

Step 1. Pull your hair to the side where you want the chignon to go

You can choose which side. Secure it in a ponytail with a rubber band.

Step 2. Twist your tail

You have to wind it up until it is a tight roll and let as few hairs as possible escape. Wrap this roll around the base of your ponytail. Tuck loose strands underneath.

Step 3. Insert a hairpin into the side of the bun

It doesn't matter which side you pin first--you'll be pinning on all sides. Insert the bobby pins as if you were going to stick them into your scalp, making sure the hair on the outside of the bun is snug. Just before hitting your scalp, twist the bobby pin toward the center of the bun and push it all the way in. This way your knot will stay in place.

Use sturdy bobby pins for this hairstyle so it doesn't slip out if you dance a little too wildly

Step 4. Put four pins in your hair

As described above, you'll need to put four hairpins in your bun -- one top left, one top right, one bottom left, and one bottom right. Doing this will ensure that your bun stays in place.

Step 5. Apply hairspray to your bun to hold it in place

Even if you use very sturdy hairpins, a chignon can still sag a bit after a few hours. Spraying hairspray over it will make it last longer. Use a strong hairspray.

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