How to Do a Chignon Bun & 9 Chic Styles You Should Try

Learn how to create an easy and utterly chic chignon bun in just 6 steps.
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A chignon or chignon bun is simply an updo hairstyle with a low bun at the nape of the neck. The name of this hairstyle comes from the French phrase ‘chignon du cou’ which translates as the ‘nape of the neck’.

This refined and sophisticated low bun style works across most hair types and is ideal for weddings, proms, partying the night away at a summer soirée – or even to add a touch of Parisian elegance to your office style.

There’s no need to be intimidated by the chignon bun. You can easily create this ‘do by watching our video tutorial.

1

Section Hair.

Create two sections at the front, you can use hair clips to secure in place.

2

Create A Ponytail.

Brush the back section into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.

3

Tie End Of Ponytail.

Secure the end of your ponytail with an elastic band.

4

Roll And Tuck Ponytail.

Loop and roll your ponytail over to create a chignon shape and secure with bobby pins.

5

Twist Your Front Sections.

Loop and roll your ponytail over to create a chignon shape and secure with bobby pins.

6

Use Hairspray.

Finish with a spritz of the TRESemmé Botanique Natural Hold Hairspray.

8 Romantic Chignon Hairstyles to Try

If there’s one thing we love about chignons, it’s that there are so many different variations to choose from. From intricately braided updos to more undone, messy buns, there’s a look to suit whatever vibe the occasion calls for. Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite chignon hairstyles, all perfect for your next fancy occasion.

Classic Low Bun

Dark haired woman with a classic low bun with curly face-framing pieces
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Sometimes less really is more and this stunning yet simple low bun is a perfect example of this. With the front pieces left out and curled, it adds an ethereal, feminine touch which makes it absolutely perfect for any bridal or bridesmaids’ look.

Retro Curly Chignon

Woman with bronde highlighted hair in a retro curly chignon
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Channel the glamour of stars like Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth with this retro-inspired chignon. Curling your hair before sweeping it back into the style will help to add extra texture and volume and give it that extra finishing touch.

Wrapped Chignon

Redhead with a wrapped chignon hairstyle
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This is another simple twist on the classic chignon that is perfect for weddings or other sophisticated affairs alike. First, all you need to do is leave out 1-2 inches of hair near your temples. Then start creating your chignon at the nape of your neck before concealing the base with the strands you’ve set aside. Do this by diagonally crisscrossing the sections and securing the ends underneath the chignon with bobby pins.

Chignon with Twists

Blonde woman with a twisted chignon hairstyle
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If you like the idea of a braided chignon but don’t feel very confident braid-wise, then this ‘do is the answer. Leave two small sections of hair loose at the front, near your temples. Pull the rest of your hair into a low ponytail, then twist into a bun and secure with pins. To finish, take each piece of hair and divide into two and twist it back towards the bun. Wrap the ends around the base and conceal underneath with more pins. Et voilà: a quick and easy twisted chignon.

Dutch Braid Chignon

Blonde woman with a Dutch braided bun hairstyle
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Don’t be put off by the intricate aesthetic of this braid. Believe it or not, it’s actually easier than it looks! Just start by weaving a Dutch braid on one side, working your way to the back of your head, and secure with a hair tie. Then create your chignon with your ponytail, pinning your hair to conceal the base.

Tip: To make it easier to braid your hair, spray TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray over your mane to help give your strands extra grip.

Braided Chignon

Blonde woman with a low braided chignon bun
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The slicked-back look and neat braided details give this hairstyle a ballerina-like elegance.

Messy Braided Bun

Blonde messy braided low chignon bun hairstyle
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The perfectly undone style of this messy bun makes for a more relaxed option while still being formal.

Knotted Chignon

Woman with light brown hair in a knotted chignon hairstyle with curled pieces of hair
Credit: Rupert Laycock

This knotted bun offers a unique statement twist on the classic braided bun for a fresh and modern look.

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