How To, Hair Do: The “Classic” Chignon

Posted by jnorrie on Feb 17, 2009

There’s that word again.  Chignon.  Do they choose fancy french words just to embarrass us??

Relax.  No, its really not all about you… (hahaha…bet cha haven’t heard that one since you started planning your wedding!). The word chignon, pronounced “sheen-yon,” is actually derived  from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which translates to “nape of the neck”.  People are often very confused as to what exactly a chignon is, and that is primarily because the modern term is not restricted to any one style in particular; rather, it is a generalized term referring to any bun positioned  low, on the nape of the neck.  The photo shown here depicts a Classic Chignon, the one most readily associated with the word.

Classic Chignon wedding hair

Classic Chignon
To create this look I suggest beginning on second day hair, or what I term Rehearsal Dinner Hair.
* Brush hairspray into the roots of your hair and tease the bases.

* Smooth out the top layer with a natural bristle brush and pull it all back into a low ponytail securing with an elastic hair band.
* Gently tease the underneath of the pony and them smooth out the top with a natural bristle brush.

* Keeping the pony’s new fullness intact, loosely twist the pony in you hands three times.
* Then begin wrapping the twisted pony around the hair band, pinning as you go, creating a circle around the hair band.  Secure with pins all over.
* Don’t forget to us Sebastian’s Shaper Plus to get good hold!  http://www.sebastian-intl.com/shaper_finishing.php

This look is amazing with jewels or flowers strategically placed as I have done here:
Chignon wedding hair

Beautiful low chignon with a gorgeous peony tucked in!
Or give it a free form for a beach wedding –

tossled chignon wedding hair

Jacki Norrie creates a tossled chignon for this bride

Chignon wedding hair with flower

Jacki Norrie adds Romanticism to this chignon with a fluffy peony
I had a great time with this bride!  Sky’s is the limit when it comes to designing your chignon – play around and find one that suits your personality and style,  Let me know how it turns out!

Jacki Norrie