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.
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.