A chignon hairstyle is a twisted updo that rests at the back of the neck. The word comes from the French term "chignon du cou," which means "nape of the neck." A chignon hairstyle is a popular style for both fancy occasions or everyday wear, and is relatively simple to create on one's own.
It is necessary to have medium to long hair in order to create a chignon hairstyle; short hair will not work. To create this style, wash, condition, and dry the hair completely. If hair is curly or wavy, it may need to be straightened. Some people choose to part their hair to the side when creating a chignon, while others smooth hair straight back. Either style can look nice, though a side part is slightly more common; it is simply a matter of personal preference.
Part the hair, apply gel or styling cream throughout, and pin back any loose strands in the front. For a more formal style, the hair can be completely smooth, but for a more informal look, it may be a good idea to leave the hair looking a bit softer, with some looser strands. Next, place the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, exactly where the chignon hairstyle should be.
At this point, there are a few different ways to create a chignon hairstyle. The first is simply to wrap the hair in a knot around the ponytail holder; those with long hair may be able to pull the hair through itself and create a knot that way. Another way is to divide the ponytail into two sections and wrap each in a different direction around the ponytail holder.
There are other methods for creating a chignon hairstyle, and it may be helpful to experiment to see what works. When the knot has been created, secure it with hair pins. Some people choose to create a chignon directly at the back of the head, while others place it slightly off to the side.
For a messy look, pull out some tendrils after the chignon has been pinned; this will give a more casual look. A chignon hairstyle can be an excellent, classic choice for all occasions, including proms, weddings, or other important events. Hair decorations may be added to a chignon, such as decorative pins or flowers, which can be a great choice for a wedding party to look put-together.