Let’s be honest: even if you have no doubt in your mind that you want to wear a chignon for your big day, there is still the matter of selecting one that you love... And with all those interchangeable terms being tossed around and the countless variations saturating Pinterest, we know it’s not an easy task. But don’t be intimidated! We’ve gathered our 8 favourite wedding-appropriate chignons to help you pick the right updo.
The perfect chignon: 8 Ideas for your wedding day
The easy chignon
If the thought of creating even a simple chignon sets your pulse racing and makes your palms sweaty: fear not – this one is super simple. Begin with a loose ponytail, then divide your hair just above it so you create a small gap and flip your pony through the hole. Keep flipping until you reach the ends of your hair and hold your rolled chignon in place with pins. The result? Easy, effortless and elegant!
The cheater’s chignon
When it comes to wedding ‘dos, the cheater’s chignon is the easiest option; simply because your headband does all the hard work for you! Just place it on the crown of your head, then roll and tuck your hair into it and pin!
Editor’s tip: if you’re having an Art Deco-themed wedding, pull the headband further down so it sits across your forehead. You’ll instantly look like you stepped out of the Roaring ’20s!
For this chignon, we draw inspiration from vintage ‘60s hairstyles. So get your teasing brush and volumising products (like the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray, £5.50*) at the ready! The key to nailing this look is to create a bouffant beehive before you start your chic chignon. And luckily, we have an easy step-by-step guide to help you recreate this retro-inspired hairstyle.
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.r Finish with a spritz of VO5 Classic Styling Firm Hold Hairspray (£2.99*). The result? A chic and refined, wrapped chignon.
Want a new take on the centre chignon? Simply move it to the side! Perfect if you have fine hair, it’s an easy and fun way to update the classic ‘do. Its behind-the-ear position makes this hairstyle ooze understated glamour – ideal for complementing statement hair accessories.
Do you have Rapunzel-length locks? If the answer is yes, this chignon is an ideal option for your wedding day. Just divide your hair into 2 equal parts and tie them into a knot near the nape of your neck. Create a chignon by twisting and wrapping your mane and secure discreetly with bobby pins – and you’re done!
Dutch braid chignon
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 some Toni&Guy Casual Rough Texturiser (£7.49*) over your mane to help give your strands extra grip.
Chignon with plaits
If you like the idea of the Dutch braid, but don’t feel very confident braid-wise, then this ‘do is the answer. Create 2 standard plaits 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 your braids and diagonally cross them over your bun. Wrap the ends around the base and conceal underneath with more pins. Et voilà: a quick and easy chignon with pretty plaits!
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