Go classic with a chignon

The chignon has made a real fashion comeback and is a favourite of brides across the country. But isn’t it just a glorified bun I hear you ask?!

Kate Beckinsale showing off her elegant chignon.

Kate Beckinsale showing off her elegant chignon.

Well yes, a chignon and a bun are both updos, but in my view a chignon can look more glamorous and is a softer style for most face shapes. It’s a hot red carpet look for celebrities like actress Kate Beckinsale.

Here’s how to create the perfect chignon for your wedding day!

The versatile chignon

My first question to any bride-to-be who wants to rock a chignon on her big day is: what kind of headdress or veil are you going to wear? Depending on the answer, you can either go for a classic chignon, sweeping the hair back and away from the face, or a side version.  What I love about either look is that it’s easy and quick to do.

Without revealing any of my professional secrets, a couple of tips:

Make sure your hair is clean and tangle-free before pulling it back into a tight, low ponytail.

Once you’ve coiled your ponytail into a chic chignon use a medium-hold hairspray to keep it in place. Have lots of hairpins handy to secure any loose wisps.




Who better than the Duchess of Cambridge to show us how it’s done! The Duchess is often seen trading her tumbling tresses for different versions of this modern bun. She wowed the world with the demi-chignon she wore for her marriage to Prince William. That’s a classic bridal updo, particularly for long locks.

The side chignon is another gorgeous alternative. My tip: wear a narrow headband to best showcase this style.

A ballerina bun still rocks

Colleen Rooney chose a ballerina bun to complement her hairstyle.


Despite the chignon’s popularity, some brides will still prefer a ballerina bun. As with every aspect of your wedding day, it depends on personality and individual taste.  Coleen Rooney rocked a ballerina bun on her big day, not least because the style of her veil perfectly complemented the updo!

So will you choose a chignon or a bun when you tie the knot?

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