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Styling a Chic Chignon

So many times when I throw together an updo and go out for the day, a friend will ask me how did I get my hair like that. It can be tricky to describe (without disassembling the hairdo, that is) and I'll be honest that sometimes, it's just luck. Considering there are an estimated 100,000 hairs on the average head, that's a lot of variables to manipulate into one polished-looking style. Anyhow, I thought I'd try my hand at another hair tutorial like I did for my effortless waves and method of trimming bangs. Here goes...

What you'll need

  • brush

  • several bobby pins. I use a couple Goody spin pins to really "anchor" the bun. They work so well!

  • hair tie. Preferably a color that matches your hair, should it end up peeking through


  • hairspray

  • decorative hair accessories

How to

  • Brush out your hair and fasten it into a low ponytail.

  • At the base of the ponytail, gently pull the hair apart into two sections. Flip the ponytail through this opening. For a clearer demonstration, visit this link from Wikihow.

Completed flip-through ponytail

  • Begin twisting the entire ponytail in one direction. Not so tightly that it begins bunching up on itself, but a nice, uniform rope.

  • Coil the twisted ponytail into a bun shape.

  • Position the bun in back of your head, nestled in between the rolls of hair created by the flip-through ponytail.

  • Secure with pins, and hairspray for extra hold.

  • Add decorative touches, like a small jeweled hair comb (top of page) or a string of pearls (below).

Happy hairstyling!

'Til next time,



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