How to Create a Braided Chignon
by Ulrika Edler
Put a twist (and a braid!) on a traditional chignon for a look that’s wearable yet special.
A chignon is a classic hairstyle that works for many occasions. At its most simple, a chignon is a low bun that sits at the nape of the neck. I gave the basic chignon a little oomph by working breads into the look for a style that’s special enough to work for a fancy evening out but also works for everyday living. See how easy it is to create this look!
1. Start by picking up three strands of hair close to your hairline, and create a Dutch braid. This is essentially a French braid but done in reverse so the braid is on top of the hair. Get the look by crossing the left strand under the middle strand and then the right strand again under the middle strand. Add hair to the left strand, and cross it under the middle strand. Pick up hair on the right, and cross it under the middle strand. Continue like this until the braid is just below your ear. Then finish with a traditional three-strand braid.
2. Pull on the braid to create volume, and secure it with an elastic.
3. Repeat the Dutch braid on the opposite side. You now have two Dutch braids and a section of unbraided hair at the nape of the neck.
4. Work the remaining unbraided hair into a classic, three-strand braid. Tug on it to add volume.
5. Roll the back braid around its base, and secure it with bobby pins.
6. To finish the hairstyle, roll the side braids around the back braid and secure with bobby pins.
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