Style + Beauty

Easy Summer Updo: Chic Chignon

Celebrity hair stylist Paul Cucinello shows us how to get this easy retro summer updo, known as a classic chignon.


Tired of always throwing your hair back in a ponytail? 

If you still want a style that is quick, easy, and fun, then the chic chignon may be perfect for you! It’s casual enough to wear every day, yet sophisticated enough to wear on a night out.

Celebrity hairstylist Paul Cucinello shows us that you don’t have to spend hours in the salon to get this trendy updo:

To get the look, follow these simple five steps:

1. Section off a U-shaped piece of hair near the front of your head and set with a large Velcro roller directed backward.

2. Secure the rest of the hair into a sleek ponytail and fasten at the back of the head.

3. Twist the ponytail, and then tease it to form a bulky corkscrew.

4. Hold the ponytail up and pin flat against the head. Then, flip it back down and secure the ends with a pin for a “perfectly imperfect” chignon.

5. Tease the front section of hair from behind. Brush back and secure with a bobby pin.

Tip:  Before styling, prep your hair with mousse to give it more body and structure. Cucinello suggests Oribe's new Grandiose Hair Pumping Mousse.