How to Do a Chignon Bun and The Styles To Try Now

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It’s time to become BFFEs with the chignon ‘do. A chignon or chignon bun is a hairstyle featuring a low bun at the nape of the neck. The name of this hairstyle comes from the French phrase ‘chignon du cou’, which translates to the ‘nape of the neck’.

Did you know buns are big right now? Thanks to the likes of Sofia Richie (on her wedding day) and Elle Fanning (at the Cannes Film Festival 2023), buns are back and they’re here to stay.

The low chignon look is a refined and sophisticated style that works across most hair types and is ideal for weddings, proms and parties – or simply to add a touch of Parisian elegance to your office style.

Intrigued? Here’s our go-to guide to the chignon bun and our favourite looks…

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


Section Hair.

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

A red haired woman parting hair

Create A Ponytail.

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

The back of a red haired woman creating a ponytail

Tie End Of Ponytail.

Secure the end of your ponytail with an elastic band.

The back of a red haired woman tying her ponytail

Roll And Tuck Ponytail.

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

The back of a red haired woman pinning a chignon bun

Twist Your Front Sections.

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

A red haired woman parting hair

Use Hairspray.

Finish with a spritz of the TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray.

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8 Elegant 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 every occasion. 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
A true classic. Credit: Rupert Laycock

Sometimes less really is more and this stunning yet simple low bun certainly proves this. With the front pieces left out and curled, it adds an ethereal, feminine touch, making it absolutely perfect for any bridal or bridesmaids’ look.

Retro Curly Chignon

Woman with bronde highlighted hair in a retro curly chignon
Oh-so-retro. Credit: Rupert Laycock

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, giving it that finishing touch. Finish your styling off with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray, for a sleek looking and frizz-free bun.

TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray Front

Wrapped Chignon

Redhead with a wrapped chignon hairstyle
An elegant look. Credit: Rupert Laycock

This is another simple twist on the classic chignon that is perfect for weddings and sophisticated affairs alike. First, 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

Twist chignon women with braid, facing the side
Get ready to twist. Credit: Rupert Laycock

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, twisting it back towards the bun. Wrap the ends around the base and conceal underneath with more pins and voilà: a quick and easy twisted chignon.

Dutch Braid Chignon

Blonde woman with a Dutch braided bun hairstyle
You can’t go wrong with a dutch braid and chignon combo. Credit: Rupert Laycock

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.

Braided Chignon

Blonde woman with a low braided chignon bun
Simply stunning. Credit: Rupert Laycock

The slicked-back look and neat braided details give this hairstyle a ballerina-like elegance. All you need to do is braid your hair, wrap it around itself into a standard bun format and pin to your head until fully secure.

Messy Braided Bun

Blonde messy braided low chignon bun hairstyle
We love the messy look. Credit: Rupert Laycock

The perfectly undone style of this messy bun makes for a more relaxed option while still being formal. To achieve this look, you need to master a similar technique to the braided chignon, but this time, make the braid looser and feel free to pancake your style before twisting it around and pinning it to your head.

Knotted Chignon

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

This knotted bun offers a unique statement twist on the classic braided bun for a fresh and modern look. First of all, you’ll want to make sure your hair is sleek and smooth, then create a tight low ponytail. With your right hand, pull your ponytail around your left hand (to the left, counter-clockwise) in one full circle, then pull the ends through the middle for the knot, tucking it under the bun. Finally, pin the look tight to your head.


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