Chignon Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair, Plus 12 Inspiring Looks to Try

Eunice Lucero | 21 September 2016
chignon updo hairstyles for long hair
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We keep it classy with an elegant all-occasion updo for your long hair.

Having long hair means that you can try out tons of cool hairstyles like updo hairstyles for long hair, braids, half-up styles and so much more. To inspire you to try out something new, we are sharing the latest installment of the Style It On challenge with vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t. For this hair tutorial, the luscious beauty lets us in on her take on elegant chignon updo hairstyles for long hair, which in her case happens to be a fab twisted chignon that, as she says, is perfect for “adding a little bit of class for evening.” With some twisting and a few signature products, N1kk1sSecr3t create a gorgeous chignon updo hair ideas for long hair. And to keep up the updos for long hair inspiration, we are also sharing a fun recap of some of our favorite intricate-looking undo hairstyle as you use your length to your advantage to create head-turning looks. To inspire your next undo hairstyles that are gorgeous as much as they are easy to create. Read on to be inspired.

Style It On: Chignon Updo Hairstyles for Long Hair by N1kk1sSecr3t


Start on wavy hair.

Nikki starts on wavy hair as a base for this chignon updos for long hair, as it gives “a little more body and a little more movement” to the overall look.

Then, refresh your existing waves as well as revitalize your calp with a misting of Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. Tip: Hold arms 12 inches away, or until they form a capital letter L, to ensure an even coating throughout your hair.


Part and section your hair.

Nikki suggests parting your hair as you would normally (she usually does a middle or off-center part). Then, create another partline behind your ear, effectively forming a section near your hairline.

Then, twist the hairline section around itself and set it aside with a duckbill clip. Repeat this process on the other side of your hair.


Brush your hair down and secure it.

Brush your loose hair vertically downwards from your hairline. Then using that same brush, gather hair into a ponytail near your nape. Secure with a hair tie.

Then, backcomb the ponytail by using a rat-tail comb as you brush towards the root area.

Finally, brush the backcombed pony out in the correct root-to-tip direction to smoothen it out. This will result in a fluffy ponytail with a lot of airy texture.


Create your chignon.

Coil the ponytail around its own base, creating a bun. Secure with as many hair pins as necessary to make sure that your twisted hairstyle is tight.


Unclip the hairline sections.

Let down your from previously clipped section near the hairline.

Then, take down a small section of your hair to frame your face. Then, spilt the second section into two parts and twist it; one around the other. Keep twisting the two sections until you reach the ends.



Wrap your bun.

Take your twisted section and wrap it over and around your chignon. Secure with hair pins and use as many as you need.

Remove the clip on the opposite side. Repeat the process of twisting and then coiling it around the chignon.



Frame your face.

Tuck in the two pieces of hair that falls along the sides of your face behind your ears. Then, push the front area of your hair slightly forward for a nice wave. Nikki says that you can also bobby pin that section into place if you need it to be a little more secure.

Then, lock in this style by using some of the TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.


Updos for Long Hair

updo hairstyles for long hair with a wispy bun
Opt for a transitional bun for summer after-work drinks. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Wispy Bun

For a mellow night out on the town after hours, an easy transitional updo may be your best option. Celebrate your last days of after-work rooftop drinks with a casual bun. Swing hair back into a low ponytail and pin your long lengths into a chic chignon. Apply a serum throughout your hair to tame flyaways and frizz.

updo hairstyles for long hair with a sleek bun
A sassy, polished bun is a chic updo hairstyle for long hair. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. Sleek High Bun

We all have that one friend that wants go out with a bang! Attend your lavish end-of-summer dinner party with this sexy updo. But first, squeeze in a wash and condition session with a hair care system that’ll give your look a sleek finish. Opt for Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo followed by Suave Professionals Sleek Conditioner. To style, clip away a section of hair at the front of your head then gather the back section into a ponytail. Wrap the hair ends into a bun and secure with bobby pins. For a nice flourish, take your front section, pull it back and sweep it around the base of your bun. Set the style in place with a hairspray if needed.

updo hairstyles for long hair with wavy top knot
The brunch bun is always fun. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Wavy Top Knot

Bottomless mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys always sound like a good idea no matter the season, but for some reason these cocktails are more enjoyable with a hot-weather ambiance. Best get that outdoor-table fix while it lasts! Live in the moment (because it’ll be over in a blink) and kick off your last summer brunch with a flirty, easygoing updo for long hair. Pull hair up into a messy bun and pull out some tendrils to frame your face. Got straight hair? Apply a light coat of TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and give your long bangs a sexy bend using a hair wand.

updo hairstyles for long hair with a twist
Try one of the most stylish Fall updos for long hair before the season arrives. Photo credit:

4. Flat-Twist Bun

Many brides choose to schedule their wedding festivities towards the end of the summer season. It may be that’s it’s just a tad more budget-friendly, for one, and two, the weather just might be milder in the event that it’s held outdoors (No need to have makeup melting off their faces in the hot sun!). Whether you’re attending a bridal event or a fancy birthday party, ring in the new season by staying ahead of the curve. That’s right: Try rocking a twisted updo, which is a Fall/Winter ’16 runway trend, right now. Wear this flat twist bun hybrid to your next formal event, and be sure to add some shine to your look with a hairspray like Bed Head By TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray.

updo hairstyles for long hair with space buns
Space buns = major cool girl vibes. One of the most rad updos for long hair.

5. Space Buns

It’s about that time to say goodbye to #summersixteen, and backyard BBQ season is almost officially over (tears!). Show up to your BBQ festivities with a cool girl look like space buns. Need more options? Here’s how to rock the look 3 ways.

updo hairstyles for long hair: curly braided updo
Curly braided top knots: your official “back-to-cool” updo.

6.  Braided Bun

For many college students, this month means back to school. If this is the beginning of your new chapter in life, make a statement at your orientation party with a cool braided updo. First impressions are important! To get the look, section off the front of your hair and create a braid. Pull hair up (including the braided front section) into a bun. If you need to give your hair a bit more texture, apply Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray before creating your updo.

updo hairstyles for long hair with a high updo
Relaxed updos for long hair are simple and non-fussy. Photo credit:

7. Casual Top Knot

Football season is around the corner, which is good news if your type of hang involves a laid-back event with the guys before a big game. Opt for a more relaxed look: You can’t ever go wrong with a top knot. Whether you want it messy or neat, smooth hair up into a high ponytail and wrap the ends around into a bun. Use a hair elastic around the bun to keep it in place, or opt for hair pins to secure.

updo hairstyles for long hair: retro hair idea
Go retro with your hair with this chic updo hairstyle. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

8. Vintage Updo for Long Hair

Have a party on the agenda? Awesome! Why not try out something new on your hair this year by configuring your long hair into a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Complimented with glittery accessory, this look will truly make you sparkle at your party. Get the full scoop on how to create the look from our vintage updo hair tutorial.

updo hairstyles for long hair with a messy bun
Carefully displaced hair pieces are signature elements of this hairstyle.

9. Messy Updo

A little messy updo never hurt anyone and with a stunning headband no one will doubt your hairstyle choice. The key to this look is its careful placed (or displayed) pieces of hair that acclimate around your face. With this fun long updo hairstyle, you’ll also have the benefit of not stressing about your hair all night long.

updo hairstyles for long hair with braided updo
Double the fun with this two crown braided hairstyle.

10. Double Braided Crown

Why have one crown braid on your long hair when you can create two? While the crown braid is the signature element of this look, we also love how this hairstyle takes this to the side with the focus on thick, pancaked braids.

updo hairstyles for long hair with fake bangs
Fake a hairstyle on your long hair with bangs. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

11. Long Updo with Fake Bangs

And for a take on bangs, why not try out this combo hairstyle idea where you rock bangs and a cool undo?  Check out our fake bang tutorial to get the scoop on how to recreate this look.

updo hairstyles for long hair with flowers
Accentuate your hair with carefully placed accessories. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

12. Festive Chignon

Who says your Christmas tree is the only thing that can be festive over the holidays? Let your hair get in on the festivities as you rock a wreath-like accessory on your hair. Simply ceate a chignon, and instead of leaving it as is, add a festive leaf or floral arrangement that you careful place on top of your chignon.

Looking for more updos for long hair? Check out some of our favorite party updos for long hair.



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