Decide where you want to place your chignon. It’s completely up to you. It can be at the nape, or even on one side. Once you’ve chosen where you wanted it to sit, do a ponytail. The next step is to braid your hair. Remember not to pull too tightly. Do this carefully as your braids need to look clean and neat. Not too tight, not too loose, since you want the plaiting to be noticed. Once you’re done with the braid, secure it with an elastic band at the base. Choose an elastic that matches the color of your hair.
Once you’ve secured your braid, twist it around your ponytail’s base in the direction that you prefer. You have the option to keep this flat, or do alternate sections for added volume. Make sure you leave enough room so you can tease your hair afterward. For the ends, use a hair tie and neatly tuck it away. The next step involves using either hair clips or bobby pins. Use whatever you have to keep your braided chignon secured. Continue to add more pins until the bun is secured.
Messy look? Neat look? It’s up to you! That’s the beauty of this hairstyle. You can add finishing touches to your hair to create the perfect look. Depending on the look you want to rock, you can have a neatly tucked braided chignon by using hairspray to make sure that no hair will fall out of place. If you’re feeling a bit bohemian, you can tease some sections for a messy look. If you want a look that’s something in between, you can start pulling strands from the front and create a loose effect. If you’re in a hurry, you can stop styling your hair after step # 2. If you have extra time, you can continue with this step. This beautiful hairstyle is versatile and can be used for many occasions.