How to do a chignon bun: Step-by-step guide

Jeanette | 21 April 2016
10 min Style Medium

Learn how to create an easy, utterly chic chignon bun in just a few steps.


Perhaps it’s down to the French name, but many people are intimidated by the chignon bun. However, the All Things Hair team are here to tell you that this is unjustly so. Because, with some simple instructions, it’s an easy hairstyle to master!

And don’t worry if you have fine, straight hair or a thick and curly mane, you can still make this hairstyle work. In fact, this refined and sophisticated low bun works across most hair types and is ideal for partying the night away at a summer soirée – or even to add a Parisian chic touch while in the office.

Not to mention, the chignon bun is the perfect big day hairstyle for brides or wedding attendees. The best part? You can create this ‘do in just four steps! Read below to find out how.

How to do a chignon bun in 4 easy steps

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Part your hair.

Before you start, wash your hair with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner to smooth and straighten your locks. Then, section hair on the heaviest side horizontally to the front of your ear.

Keep this section of hair separate, and gather the rest into a sleek low ponytail – you can use hairspray to help smooth your hair into place. Secure your ponytail at the nape of your neck.


Tie a ponytail.

With your hair secure, tie a clear elastic at the end of your ponytail – this will make it easier to roll in the next step.


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Roll and tuck.

To create the base of your chignon bun, carefully roll and tuck the end of the ponytail until you reach the nape of your neck, then secure it at the base using bobby pins.

If you’re worried that one or two bobby pins might not be enough to hold your hair, don’t be afraid to use a few more – no one will see them!

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Conceal your hairband.

Now it’s time to hide your hairband and create the chic chignon effect. Remember that section of hair you left out earlier? Smooth it back and conceal your hair band by diagonally crossing the section over your fastened hair.

Wrap the hair around the base of your chignon, using bobby pins underneath to hold the hair in place.

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Final look.

Finally, spray some Toni&Guy Classic Medium Hold Hairspray over your chignon bun for extra hold and control without flyaways. And you’re done! A deceptively complex hairstyle made easy.

Got long or unruly hair that needs taming? We feel you. But all is not lost, because we have loads of incredible styles for you to try over on our Updos page, where you can find the most stunning looks in the hair world!