18 Elegant Chignon Hairstyles For The Most Special Occasions


The evolution of style and fashion trends is very interesting. Some trends disappear forever, while others come back every generation or so with a slightly modern twist. This rings true for fashion as well as for hairstyles. The classic chignon is one of those hairstyles that seem to prevail with time, albeit chosen for more special and official occasions, instead of casual ones.

The chignon has quite a history behind it and its popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. There a certain elegance of that small rolled-up bun at the nape of the neck. It is a basic classic updo that leaves a lot of space to play around with and improve upon, letting your creativity shine through it

Today, the slicked-back can be seen often in the business world, while the loose and more creative chignons are some of the favorite updos chosen by brides. This hairstyle is one of those that is quite difficult to do yourself if you want to make it look nice. It only adds to its appeal, since you have to go to a stylist to get the chignon you want for your special occasion.

The chignon has gone true many changes over the years, as do most hairstyles, but one thing never changed, is that it is an elegant updo hairstyle done brushing at the nape of the neck.

While for most chignon hairstyles you need to have long hair to work with, the look can be achieved with shoulder-length hair as well. If not, there are always extensions.

Here are some of the latest variations of the chignon that will certainly catch your eye.

1. Tilted Chignon Bun

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A chignon is a tucked-in slick updo, that when done right makes a low bun that lies straight across the back of the neck. But it can also be turned to the side or as in this case, slightly tilted, to create a lovely elongated bun for more texture and volume.

2. Twisted Rose With Braid

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It is obvious why this twisted rose hairstyle is quite popular for weddings or other special events. Just look at how elegant and feminine it looks. Usually, for classic updos, you normally add some nice hairpins or other hair ornaments, but this twisted rose atop the bun with a braid on the side is an ornament all in itself.

3. Wavy Messy Chignon

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Messy updos are usually associated with a more laid back, casual style, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be classy as well. This is a clear example that even if you have wild wavy hair, you don’t need to straighten it to make it into a put together and elegant updo.

4. Dutch Chignon

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You can’t have a variation of a hairstyle without a braid or two and the chignon is no different. This one is two Dutch braids turned into a neatly textured chignon, that looks fabulous.

5. Lushious Chignon Locks

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As elegant as the chignon is, it can also be quite playfully if done right. With wavy locks that every straight-haired person secretly dreams of, this boho chignon shows that chignon can certainly suit any style.

6. Business Chignon

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A proper business updo is usually one that’s neat and pulled back tight and secure, that you don’t have a hair out of place. After all, you can’t be looking messy when you want to present yourself in the best light. This is why this crisscrossed neat chignon would be perfect in a professional environment, being both neatly classy and elegant.

7. Laced Chignon

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Don’t you just love hairstyles that look like a masterpiece? This beautifully sculpted hairstyle is truly one to behold and one to lose yourself in. The intricate lacing of the strands is pure perfection.

8. Loosely Braided Chignon

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Hairstylists might argue that this isn’t a real braid, and they’ll be right, but the basics are there. Strands of hair loosely interlocked to create a nice subtle structure that adds to the softness of the textured chignon make this hairstyle a lovely choice for a bridal hairdo.

9. Slick Two Toned Chignon

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Highlights are another great way of adding texture to your hair. And they make every hairstyle look that much more fun. A few brightly contested highlights to this dark brunette make all the difference in the beauty of this carefully styled messy chignon.

10. Twist And Turn

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As we mentioned before, for a proper chignon you need to have longer hair, but even with shorter hair, you can achieve a decent chignon bun. This is a great example, getting a hairstyle with volume and texture by twisting and tucking strands of hair, getting just enough to get that elegant chignon.

11.  Chained Chignon

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Chignon really screams elegance, yet even the classiest ladies can hide a rebellious side, just like this hairstyle. By weaving a chain in the chignon, that edgy side really shines through the elegance.

12. Chunky Twist

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We gave you an example of how you can get a more textured chignon by arranging smaller strands of hair in intricate ways. This style is a bit toned down, using wider strands of hair, which gives it a bit more sturdiness, lasting longer for day-long special events.

13. Twisted Nest Of Perls

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Swirling and twisting strands of hairs are just as good at creating volume and structure as braids and are much faster to do. This gorgeous chignon does look like a neat little nest, with the pearls cozily resting inside it.

14. Flowy Halo Chignon

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Much like the chignon, the halo braid is one of the more elegant hairstyles. Combining them in this loose flow of hair is a magical combination worthy of a bride or at the very least the bridesmaids.

15. Low Messy Chignon

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As we already established, even a messy chignon ends up looking quite classy and elegant. This V-shaped effect is love and surprisingly, much easier to achieve than you might think. With the proper hair accessories, it will be a winner hairstyle for many special occasions.


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Thick and long hair might be tough to style at times, but not if you want this gorgeous look, which indeed needs a lot of hair and a lot of work. The soft pulled back strands at the sides create a gentle line guiding your eye to the flourishing chignon at the back.

17. Pompadour And Braid Chignon

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Feeling like your hair is a bit flat and without volume? Then here is an idea for you. Increase the volume up top by creating a slight pompadour secured with a lovely plait ending in a darling curly chignon in the nape. A mix of hairstyles that works.

18. Royal Chignon

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For our last hairstyle idea for you, we bring you back to the basic, and most beloved chignon, because sometimes simple is the best and a reminder why chignons will never lose popularity. This classic tucked-in chignon, with a slight volume at the top and modest wavy side part, is why chignons will make you feel like part of the royal family.

That’s all the ideas we have for now. Did we manage to convince you to try out a chignon for your next gathering or special occasion? We sure hope so. Which one was your favorite? Which chignon hairstyle did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

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