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What you’ll need
For a wedding 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.
Tutorial 1: How to Get the Perfect Chignon
Start with clean hair.
Create a side part.
Gather the back section into a ponytail.
Tie another elastic near the ends.
Define the loose section in front.
Loop the pony underneath itself.
Secure with pins.
Cover the base of the bun.
Make sure the entire seam is covered.
Loop hair around bun once again.
Refine the bun.
Tutorial 2: How to Create a Festive Chignon
Step 1: Wash and style.
To begin creating your festive chignon updo, wash and condition your hair. You want to have a look that has noticeable shine! A festive updo without any shine, is like a tree without any shimmer.
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.
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 one!
Tutorial 3: How to Make a Greek Bun
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.
Step 7: Set with some hairspray.
A lightweight holding mist such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Frizz Defy Finishing Mist gives the right amount of medium control for soft, romantic styles—and holds down any flyaways too. Your big fat Greek bun awaits!
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