The Case of the Coifed Chignon

If you’re looking for a quick way to tackle unruly tresses in between salon visits, try creating a classic and simple look by giving the standard hair bun a well-deserved makeover.  Versatile bun styles are this spring’s hair trend, and they have frequently been spotted on designer runways and in stylish magazines. Whether you’re in need of an elegant style for an evening event, or simply running late to your early morning destination, try these stress-free style ideas for a beautiful hair bun.

Braided Buns – Start with curly, or full hair and pull back into a slick ponytail. Simply section loose hair into two sections and braid each section.  Wrap each braid around the base of the ponytail until desired look is achieved. Secure with bobby pins.

Try incorporating a French braid into your bun.  Starting at the temple, gather the hair into a French braid, working across the back of the head. Stop at the right side of the base of your neck. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic band. Twist the end of the braid around to form a bun.


The Rosebud Bun –   This swirly bun may look difficult when viewing the final result, but it is quite easy to achieve. First, section off the crown of the hair. Secure the top section away from the bottom to focus on one section at a time.  Starting with the bottom section of the hair, pull into a low ponytail.  Wrap the bottom ponytail into a low messy bun and secure with bobby pins.

Create a deep side part with the sectioned hair at the top. Pull the right section back diagonally, and wrap it counter clockwise around the bun. Tuck the ends and secure with bobby pins. Repeat the same process with the left section of the hair and secure.  The result is a dimensional stylish bun, sure to make a unique statement.


The Chignon Side Bun – This bun version consistently graces the tresses of many celebrities, giving a classic and glamorous look. First pull the hair apart to form two equally-sized ponytails. Tie the two ponytails together to form a loose knot. Secure the ends of the knot. Take one end, wrap around the right side and tuck under the knot you have formed. Secure with hair pins.  Complete the same exact step with the remaining hair, by wrapping it around the left side of the knot.

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The Messy Top Knot Bun – This look was a summer trend that is making its way back around for spring/summer 2014. This is perhaps the easiest and quickest bun look to pull off for unruly curly or thick hair. Simply pull hair up into a high ponytail. Try not to brush to eliminate any frizz.  Hold the base of the ponytail with one hand and tightly finger twist the ponytail with the other. Wrap twisted hair around the base of the ponytail. Secure with a hair tie. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to gently pull small strands of hair out from the bun. Use hair spray to keep the right amount of loose hairs in place for the day.


The beauty of these versatile, easy-to-do bun styles is their elegant look with minimum time and effort.   These styles are universal and designed to be done by anyone. Perfection is not the goal with most bun looks, as each style can display individuality and distinctiveness.

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