Fake hair is used to make the heart shaped hat or hair and add colour to this heart shaped chignon foundation. Brad Ngata

 

Jason Fassbender takes a new look at the chignon by placing on the top front of the head. The chignon foundation is the classic doughnut shape.
The Chignon

The chignon is classic hairup style often used for weddings and prom nights as well as formal balls. Although different from the bun the chignon is similar and can be achieved on mid-length, as well as long hair. Extra long hair however is not suitable, as there is nowhere to tuck it, unless you want to create a variation with stands hanging down or poking for a less traditional hairstyle. Avante-garde hair styles like the style to the left often use fake hair extensions moulded around a chignon foundation which is then bobby pinned or hair gripped to the head.

Tools and other bits and pieces you will need:

  • Chignon foundation (looks like a doughnut with a tiny hole in the middle). You can buy one to match your hair.
  • Covered band
  • Hair spray
  • Hair pins or grips to match hair color
  • Paddle brush (best type of brush for a smooth effect)
  • Pin-tail comb (I prefer a metal tail comb but a plastic tail will do)

Method:

  • Comb or brush your hair back into a ponytail just a little higher than your nape. Secure with a covered band.
  • Pull your hair through the chignon foundation.
  • Taking a small section of the ponytail at a time tuck it around the foundation and secure it in place with a pin or grip. If your hair is longer you may want to wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide it. Your hair is too long for this style when you wrap it around so much that the chignon moves away from the head!
  • Keep doing this until all of the hair is pinned.

You may want to hide the pins with a scrunchie or ribbon. A natural hair look scrunchie or the type with the sticky out bits of hair looks good over chignons.

Alternatively try the Uma Thurman look sweeping the hair back from a side parting and then letting some of the ends fan out in a spray of hair. This works best if your hair is straight. Finish with some gloss spread over the hands and then smoothed over the hair.

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