Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chignon



Some styles are meant to be timeless. My hair stylist is always chopping up my hair in funky, new cuts straight from Italy, New York, or the like, but he still manages to leave me with the ability to pull of something a little more classic at times...which brings me to a true classic: the chignon. The word chignon, which is pronounced: shee-nyawn, originally comes from the French phrase “chignon du cou,” which means nape of the neck and refers to a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn by women at the nape of the neck or the back of the head.

I have come across some that are neatly pulled together, messy, styled centrally, and others that are off to one side and often accompanied by a flower, jewelry, etc. Quite romantic...I think my favorite is a loose chignon. {This is Glamorous} also has a beautiful post on chignons as well --- be sure to check out additional styles there. Reminds me of Grace Kelly, polished, Parisian ladies and pretty ballerinas! Have you worn this style? Any tips on how to pull it off?

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9 comments:

  1. Oh! I recently cut all my hair off, but these make me want to grow it out again...

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  2. You have awesome hair! For that special occasion, perhaps hair extensions? I've never tried them before, but am curious!

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  3. Lovely. Makes me wish I had longer hair. Of course, I could never create a chignon by myself (or any other hairstyle more complicated than a ponytail...which is how I ended up with short hair to begin with).

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  4. i think i used to attempt this style, but completely hopeless when it comes to doing ANYTHING with my hair. i try to look up how to do a chignon on utube, but im completely hopeless.
    such a chic look, beautiful examples!

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  5. Ok, you keep teachng me how to wear my hair. I love that. I really think these chignons are sexy and sweet at the same time - which is a rare combination these days. AND I now know how to pronouce it!

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  6. I have always had long hair. The key to this style is to keep it a bit loose and sexy.

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  7. This is one of my very favourite looks - on others, and myself as well. I did ballet for ages when I was younger so maybe it's just stuck. I've had shorter hair a few times and always come back to having it a bit longer so I can have my favourite style - it's always so easy and chic when you're in a hurry and I'm not one to fuss with product.

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  8. Just beautiful - I miss the days of beautiful hair. I was visiting an antebellum plantation last week, and the guide told us about how ladies pre-Civil War kept their hair in those perfect shapes. They had "rats" and "mice" - hair nets full of their own hair (collected over time) that was rolled into a style to make the hair seem fuller and give shape. On second thought, maybe I just like seeing someone else go to all that trouble! :)

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  9. This is interesting, SF - that explains a lot of those old images with women and their perfect hair!

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