How to master a ladylike chignon
The look: Chignons are perennially chic, so it's not surprising that, much as with the ponytail, there were many different takes on the runways this season. At Oscar De La Renta, models had enormous chignons that were double the size of a doughnut, while at Diane Von Furstenberg, the smaller, knotted updos were wispy and worn near the nape of the neck.
The inspiration: Grace Kelly; young debutantes.
Modern spin: "A chignon is classic," says Alain Larivee, John Freida Canadian creative consultant. Keep it modern by experimenting with your accessories. At shows like Carolina Herrera and Cynthia Rowley, hairstylists clipped wide barrettes over chignons. Larivee's pick? He likes to punch up the look with a repurposed brooch, sourced from eBay or a vintage store.
Soft touch: Go easy on the hairspray, or this updo will quickly look dated, warns Larivee. Stick with soft, pliable styling products such as creams and mousses - they will hold your hair in place while keeping your natural texture.
Stylist secret: Bungee elastics have hooks on both ends, allowing you to have more control over the size of your ponytail, which is the foundation for your chignon. If you don't have one handy, Larivee says you can make your own with an elastic band and two bobby pins. Just hook the pins on either side of the band. Insert one pin in hair and wrap the elastic around to create a ponytail, securing the second pin over the first so they make an X-shape.
Prep your hair with a moisture-rich shampoo.
Kiehl's Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo, $26.
A touch of texturizer helps hold clean hair in place.
Bumble and Bumble BB. Texture Hair (Un)dressing creme, $33.
Wrap it up with this pro tool.
Smoothies bungee bands, $6
Add some shine to your finished style.
John Freida Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist, $11