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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful: Give This Messy Chignon a Try

The messy chignon is one of the most versatile updos out there. It's chic and sexy without being over-the-top, making it appropriate for both casual dates and dress-up nights. Plus, it's so easy anyone can do it. Just follow these simple steps for crafting the perfect messy masterpiece.

Messy Chignon

The messy chignon is everywhere—on blogs, in magazines, on the street—and for good reason. Reminiscent of the street scenes of Paris, this look is timeless, pretty and perfect for any event on your calendar. Plus, it's the ideal solution for a bad hair day. Add this 'do to your hair repertoire—you won't be disappointed.

You'll need: a small rubber band, hairpins that match your hair color, and holding hairspray

Messy Chignon Steps 1-2

1. First curl your hair with a large-barrel curling iron. This step is not mandatory, but it's recommended for getting your messy chignon to lay correctly and last for hours. Then part your hair into three sections—left side, right side, and back.

2. Secure the back third of your hair in a ponytail, but leave the ends of your ponytail tucked underneath the elastic. You will be left with a half-shaped donut-looking bun. This technique works for both heavy, thick hair and thin hair because your hair weight and shape are supported by the elastic.

Messy Chignon Steps 3-4

3. Gently fan out the bun so it looks more like a messy ballerina bun.

4. Pin in place, leaving some ends sticking out for a sexy, cool edge.

Messy Chignon Step 5

5. In this look, the sides of the hair were curled and left out of the bun to frame the face. But if you're going for a more polished look, loosely pin them back into the bun.

For more hair tutorials from Maritza Buelvas, go to Beauty For Bloggers. Photography by Will Walker. Model Christine Eduardo.

Maritza Buelvas

Maritza Buelvas is a sought-after master stylist weaving in a sense of whimsy and fashion into her work. Aside from styling, Maritza is focused on providing unique hair instruction, web design and written editorials on her website, www.beautyforbloggers.com. Maritza and her work have been featured in Style Me Pretty, The Chicago Tribune, NBC, Wedding Chicks, WGN, Brides.com and Lifetime Television. Aside from catering to brides and special events, Maritza launched the first — and only — fashion and beauty based breakfast editorial, TheCoquetteBaguette.com. She enjoys interviewing tastemakers, covering trends in romantic travel, and writing about savory finds. She also proudly served as an Editorial Assistant for Giuliana Rancic’s Fab Fit Fun. Maritza resides in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.

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