Hair How To: Low, Messy, Embellished Chignon

By Alexis Wolfer

Lately I’ve been trying to make an effort to experiment more with my hair. What can I say? I’m bored with my regular rotation of air-dried frizziness (which I actually love, much to my mother’s dismay!), curling ironed waves (more often worn for TV segments than for “real life”) and volumous messy top-knots (my go-to for dirty, dry-shampooed hair).

Not wanting to wash my hair this morning (I know, nothing new there) I knew whatever style I went with had to be one that was: a) Easy – because who really has time to deal with a complicated updo when rushing to get to a breakfast meeting at 8am, with a puking dog, no less? b) Fun – because it’s summer,  ‘nuff said. c) Messy – because I didn’t want to have to worry about it being “perfect” all day. d) Pinnable – because I really wanted to wear the flower hairpin I made recently.

So, a messy, fun, easy, fun and pinnable chignon it was.

How to do a low, messy chignon at home…

Apply adequate amounts of dry shampoo (if you have fine or dirty hair) to create volume or blow-dry the front of your hair straight if your hair is thick and curly.

Part hair, as desired. I went for a slightly more dramatic side-part than usual (although it’s worth noting that my hair is usually parted pretty close to centered so anything a bit off-center seems “dramatic.”)

Pull hair into a low ponytail on the opposite side as your part. If you part your hair right of center (like I did), create your low ponytail at the base of the left side of your neck. This will balance the hairstyle more. Secure with a hair elastic.

Use your fingers to gently massage your scalp for added volume and natural, effortless looseness.

If you have fine or thin hair, use a brush to gently tease the ponytail to create more volume and/or spray with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.

Loosely wrap ponytail around itself to form a messy, deconstructed, bun. Aim for a horizontal oval shape, instead of a more traditional circular bun shape. If pieces fall out, leave them – ballerina-like is not the goal here.

Deconstructed buns at Rebecca Minkoff!

Use Goody Spin Pins to secure the knot, ensuring at least one pin twists through the hair elastic for stronger hold. Depending on hair volume and length, you will need 1 or 2 Spin Pins.

Use traditional bobby pins to pin the edges of the bun down, again trying to keep a more oval, flat shape.

Spray with L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray to secure.

Pierce with a decorative bobby pin.

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