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The All-Time Favourite Chignon

Chignon
Model Jessica Hart shows a pretty chignon for fine hair. The chignon can be placed everywhere else on the side or in the back of the head but the endearing smirk is a must
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Chignons can look austere, casual or undone. They can be styled high up on the crown of the head, low in the neck, on the side or everywhere in between. If you want a hairstyle to showcase your creativity, the chignon is the ideal choice. We hope you find inspiration for your new chignon style in our gallery

  • Chignons are close to outranking ponytails in popularity. Both hairstyles are easy to master, and they are as practical as they are beautiful. Only one styling step separates the ponytail from the chignon, but this step can add a world of class, beauty and interest to your hairstyle.

  • The Chignon – Versatile, Classy and Stylish

    Chignons can be styled in many different ways. Little changes make a surprising difference in style.

    • Different from ponytails, chignons can be placed anywhere, even on the crown of the head. The hair is contained in the chignon and cannot fall into the face.

    • Chignons look very feminine and alluring if styled casually and placed on one side of the head.

    • Hair donuts give chignons more volume.

    • It is easy to give chignons a festive or glamorous character with hair jewellery. Very simply styled or sleek chignons look quite elegant.

    • Wear a messy chignon for the opposite effect. There should be plenty of happy opportunities for this soft, light-hearted style. Simply pull a few strands of side hair out of your chignon hairdo and allow them to frame your face. Undone chignons should not show any particular structure.

    Chignons are among the simplest of updos. Dependent the desired style or the length of your hair, you may decide to tease, twirl or braid either the hair in the chignon or the rest of the hair. All these options allow you to invent or vary many different chignon styles. Your creativity reigns!

    In his video presentation, Schwarzkopf hair expert Armin Morbach demonstrates how to style three different chignon styles. In our gallery, we show how stars and models wear chignons.

  • Video: How to Style Three Different Versions of the Chignon

  • Gallery: Styling Chignons

    Chignon: Kasia Smutniak

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    The Chignon Folded Upward

    Kasia Smutniak combed her hair straight back and gathered it into a ponytail. She took a strand of hair from the ponytail, wrapped it around the scrunchy and secured it. The ponytail is looped upward and secured with hidden bobby pins. The lighter streaks of hair add interest to this hairstyle

    Chignon: Heidi Klum

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    The Chignon: Undone and Twirled

    Heidi Klum teased her hair in the upper back of her head for added volume. To shape the chignon she gathered her hair into a ponytail close to the neckline and twisted individual strands. She then arranged the twisted strands around the ponytail base

    Chignon: Blanc de Chine

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    The Fanned Chignon

    This model for the luxury fashion house Blanc de Chine appealed with a soft yet elegant chignon version. Her hair is parted on her left side and swings back in large wave. The hair is then loosely gathered in the back on the same side where the side parting was placed. After folding the hair to a roll, it is fanned out to a wide chignon and secured with hidden bobby pins

    Chignon: Dianna Agron

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    The Twisted and Twirled Chignon

    Actress Dianna Agron twirled her hair around on both sides before gathering it to a loose ponytail about mid-way up the back of her head. The ponytail was subdivided into several strands, which were twisted around before they were arranged around the ponytail base. The strands were secured with hidden bobby pins. Hairspray provided the necessary hold

    Chignon: Norisol Ferrari

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    The Double-Strand Chignon

    In New York, we noticed a Norisol Ferrari model wearing this elegant chignon. Simply gather your hair into a low ponytail and divide it into two strands. Twist one strand around until you can easily arrange it around the ponytail scrunchy. Repeat the same with the second strand but twist it around the ponytail base in the opposite directions over the first twisted strand. The twisted strands must be secured with hidden bobby pins. Use hair wax to prevent fly-away hair