Waved Flapper Bob

Rodarte Soft Waves and Stars

DKNY Sleek Side Hair

Side Part Waves

Chignon with Sweeping Side Waves

Elegant, simple, day or night.

The chignon is like the hairstyle equivalent of a swiss army knife: it proves useful in every situation. It’s that elegantly simple idea that first took hold in the ancient cultures and has persevered through the changing fashion of the eras. Your mental association of the chignon might be that it’s a hairstyle for formal occasions; or perhaps that it’s the effortless thing you fall back on when time is short but an up ‘do is required. That’s the beauty of this ever-present, ever-useful style: it’s the weapon in your arsenal that will never fail you.

But as seasons change and fresh twists on ideas sweep through in the flurry of fashion weeks we look for new ways to reinvent the dependable chignon. In this take, it’s given a sweeping side part with soft waves on one side; a style that gives one look from the front, another from the back.


Chignon waves


Follow the steps below to create the look for yourself.
  1. Make sure the hair is prepped. If your hair is dry or frizzy you may want to apply some of your favourite smoothing balm, or if you hair requires extra volume blow dry it first with a volumising product.
  2. chignon step 1

  3. Using a comb, create a low side part in the hair. Make sure it’s in a straight line. Separate out the front section: this is the part you’ll be adding curls to.
  4. Chignon step 2

  5. Keeping out the fringe section, pin back the rest of the hair so it’s out of the way. Using a heat styler (we used a ghd straightening iron) take a section of hair a few centimetres thick and run the iron down it at a diagonal angle to create a wave. Repeat with all of the hair in the side-fringe section.Tip: curl the hair under and away from the face for the best results.
  6. Chignon step 3

  7. Pull the rest of the hair (the uncurled hair) back and into a low ponytail. Secure with a hair elastic.
  8. Chignon step 4

  9. Twist the ponytail you’ve just created around itself to form a low bun.
  10. Chignon step 5

  11. Loosen the front curls with your fingers to create a soft texture, and arrange them around the face as desired. You can play with making the curls more tousled or neat to suit your particular look and create your own take on the style.
  12. Chignon step 6

  13. Finish with hairspray to set the style in place.

The Finished Look

Chignon final step

We paired the chignon with side waves with strong eyes and natural lips. It’s a worn cliche, but it has to be said: this is simply a style that will work day or night