Wedding Hairstyles – Chignon

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 35,543
    Jordan Pringle, stylist at One 80, demonstrates how to do a chignon wedding hairstyle.

    Jordan: Hi! My name is Jordan, this is Alisha and today I am going to be showing you some bridal updos, what we are going to be doing on Alisha is actually an Asymmetric Chignon with the lot of detail and design in here but it's actually really really easy to create. So, Alisha's natural texture is actually very nice but to make it a little more formal we are going to come in lightly set the hair in large sections just to give it a little more texture so it's easier to work it, as we are putting it up.

    I am not going to so much curl the hair, I am just going to come in and lightly wrap her hair around this iron and just hold it to warm it up and to give it a bend, lot of movement and motion. I am just going to split the back into about three different sections and lightly curl it and I don't not really want to go through and start clamping her hair into the iron because when we are just putting texture into it, that might cause some lines in the middle of her hair which we really don't want for this kind of a look, because this is very natural, feel free make her sections very large as you are curling the hair, it's going to give it even more of a natural texture.

    And while her hair is so warm from the iron it's good to manipulate it at this time so if you get one section that may be it's too curly for you, all you have to do is kind of pull on it a little bit gently and as it cools it will relax the curl just slightly. A lot of this kind of setting is actually very visual, you could even say what Alisha's texture or with someone whose hair is slightly wavy, you would even just come in and may be just pick out some sections throughout the hair that you want to wrap around, you don't necessarily have to go through and set the hair in specific sections. Which is actually what I am going to do on the side. She has already got this kind of nice wave into the side and kind of I would like to keep that fairly natural, so I am just going to come in and grab some random pieces and wrap them around my iron. Now do that on the other side. Now this side of her hair is actually where is updo is going to be placed, this kind of be placed down here on the right and I think I would like to leave some of the front of her hair out of it, so I really want to make sure that when I come here, well, as this side is going to be pulled back and it's not going to matter as much how it looks, this side here you just need to be a little more careful with it, because it is going to be kind of a display piece in her hair.

    I kind of like the way that that looks for now, so I am going to go in and start taking my sections to put the actual updo in. Now, her first section is just going to be three simple sections in the back, the first section is going to be hardly from about the top of her ear to the middle of her nape. I am just going to come in like that, always working in diagonal sections so you will never see a physical part in the hair. And then take another diagonal section, this is going to run diagonally this way. Now, your sections don't have to be perfect, I prefer to keep my sections fairly clean just so I don't get confused and frustrated while I am working with her hair. It makes the whole process easier, try to keep your work as clean as possible. So now that I have got that all sectioned out, I am actually going to in and start placing my bands and all these sections are going to be, it is just a pony tail that is half pulled out. And as I am pulling it up for the last time, I am just going to leave a loop there and then we are going to manipulate this at the end. Once all our sections are in and on this side, that's going to be the asymmetric side I am going to section out the front of her hair and just leave it the way it is. And when I am placing my elastic, I am going to try to place it as close to this middle part as possible where the three sections meet. So that the design will come together and not be too separated. And again, I am just going to pull half way out, leave these ends, may be move them into different directions and with this last section that I am going to put in, I want to bring most of this hair from the side over but because Alisha has layers and texture in the front of her hair, some of this going to fall out and that's fine, That will actually create a really nice loose look at the end. Now that I have got it laying the way I wanted to, I am going to come in and place my last elastic band, okay.

    Now, it is the most technical part of the updo. Everything that has left it's really just visual work. I am going to come in and may be loosen this up a little, adjust the balance, make sure I like the way that it looks into here. I am positioning her hair and I am going to pull on my loops a little bit just to loosen them up. So now what I am going to do is, I am going to start my bobby pins, I am just going to grab sections of these loops and pin them into different places, this is very visual this is where your personality really comes into the updo and you make it look as funky, or as conservative, as pretty as you want it to be. And you want to make sure when you loop the hair into the bobby pin and place it into the base, one, these elastics that we put in will act as an anchor for your bobby pins to fit into, and two, you want to make sure as you are placing them, you make sure that all of your bands are covered and you don't see them. Okay, so now that, that's all in, I can kind of come back through these ends and this is where I'll finish up the texture and kind of reset these pieces that I set earlier. Let's make them just a little more polished, so this is our completed look and that only took us about 20 minutes to do. It should be really easy for you to do at home. I want to thank you for watching, I hope that things that we went over today were helpful to you.

    Thank you very much.

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