Tutorial: How to Make a Chignon in 3 Ways

Aphrodite the heck out of your next party updo.

For weddings and any other fancy occasions, a chignon hairstyle allows you to have an elegant updo that stays pristine all night long. Whether you opt for a low chignon or one to the side, it’s definitely a look that’s bound to turn heads. Ready to try out this gorgeous style? Read on to check out our step-by-step chignon tutorial, featuring three different styles.


Start with clean hair.

Big-day beauty looks should start on a clean canvas. Shampoo and condition your hair with Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner.


Create a side part.

Create a side part using a rat-tail or fishtail comb.


Gather the back section into a ponytail.

Sharply separate the parted area in the front from the rest of your hair and leave this section down. Gather the remaining back section into a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie at your nape.



Tie another elastic near the ends.

Secure the bottom half of your ponytail by tying another hair elastic near the ends, around 1/3 of the way down.


Define the loose section in front.

Brush or comb the loose section to remove any knots. Make sure your parting remains sharp and well-defined – you should have a thick strip of untied hair on one side.


Loop the pony underneath itself.

Create your low bun by looping your ponytail underneath itself.


Secure with pins.

Secure the overlap with bobby pins to keep the bun in place. Pin around the bun as necessary to keep it from unfurling and to fix any tendrils that may have fallen loose.


Cover the base of the bun.

Conceal any pins and hair ties by placing the loose parted section from earlier over the base of your bun.


Make sure the entire seam is covered.

Ensure the entire base of the bun, as well as all elastics and seams, are covered completely by new hair.


Loop hair around bun once again.

Second time’s the charm: Loop the loose ends over the bun once more, and again using pins at the overlap to secure.


Refine the bun.

Lock in this style by using some of TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairpspray. Then, tuck in any loose strands with extra pins on the underside, if necessary.



You’re all set! Finish with some hairspray for extra staying power.

festive chignon apply wreath
Turn your simple updo into a festive look with the help of a holiday hair accessory. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 1: Wash and style.

To begin creating your festive chignon updo, wash and condition your hair. Once your hair is dry, roll, tuck and pin the ends up like a croissant bun. Make sure you apply enough pins to lock your chignon in place and then weave your wreath into the fold of your bun.

festive chignon bun hairstyle
Rock the holidays with this festive updo hairstyle. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Step 2: Finished product!

You can stop right here or keep piling on the wreath and make a festive hair crown. Set your style some hairspray by spraying it a few inches away from your hair and you’re done!

low chignon tutorial back view
Positioned just at the hollow of your nape, the chignon has a very soft, feminine silhouette.

Step 1: Start on clean, shiny, freshly washed hair.

Use a moisturizing shampoo that provides amazing nourishment and shine to your hair.

Step 2: Blow-dry until your hair is completely dry.

Holding your arms 10 to 12 inches away from your head, coat wet locks with a shine-delivering thermal protectant such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. Proceed to blow-dry your hair and if needed, follow up with a few passes of a flat iron.

Step 3: Comb and section dried hair.

Create a center part, and then section off the top two sections closest to the hairline—one on each side—and set aside with a clip.

Step 4: Begin pin-curling.

Starting with the second-highest section on one side, begin creating medium-barreled pin curls either with a fishtail comb or your fingers. Secure the pin curls to your scalp with bobby pins. Note: Curl outwards, as these pin curls will form the shape of your bun, little by little.

Step 5: Move downwards.

Be mindful of following your neckline with the size of the pin-curls. (You should have a half moon-shaped bun: shorter at the sides and thickest/longest at the middle part.) Finish pin-curling the entire back of the head until you reach the opposite side.

Step 6: Unclamp the front sections.

Create a regular three-strand braid (or whichever variation you like—we are loving the fishtail at the moment) on each of the top sections, and place them across your head and on top of each other, right on the seam of your Greek bun. Hold down with bobby pins until they feel completely secure. And that’s it – your Greek bun awaits!