Friday, October 26, 2012

Tutorial :: Wedding Chignon

On a scale from 1-10, I think that bridal hair should be your normal hair brought up 2 - 4 notches. If you wear your hair in elaborate styles on a daily basis then yes, you should probably have something a little over the top for your big day. But if you don't even brush your hair most days, then maybe a nice blow out and some soft waves would be better for you. The last thing you want is to not feel like yourself on your wedding day.

I created a series of easy hair tutorials that would work for a bride who opts to do her own hair for her wedding. This one is a simple side twist chignon that only requires your own hands, some hairspray and a handful of hair pins.
Here's what you need:
- Hair pins
- Hairspray

1: Start with a deep side part and have your hair lay loosely over your forehead. Twist your hair going up and away from your face. Start twisting above your ear and slowly add hair while working your way over to behind your other ear. Leave out the hair in front of your other ear, you will incorporate that into the hairstyle later.

2. As you twist, add hair pins to your twist to keep it in place. Hide your hairpins by sticking them in at the very edge of your twist. Be sure to grab twist hair and the hair your pinning it into with the hair pins so they're nice and tight.

3. The pins should make your twist secure enough that you can let go and it will stay in place. Let your ends hang loose while you work on the other side.

4. Twist the hair that you originally left out in front of your other ear. This section should be smaller and you will twist it going up and away from your face as well.

5. Make a bun right behind your ear with the smaller twisted section. If you have short layers that aren't long enough to make a bun then just pin it in place behind your ear.

6. Twist the loose ends of your original section.

7. Pin it into a bun that wraps itself around the smaller one you just made. It's best when it looks more like a pretzel instead of a perfect ballerina bun. Pull out some pieces around your face and spray it with hairspray and you're set!

*tip: Hair can be styled more easily if you generously spray a lightweight hairspray all over your hair and brush it through before styling it.

photographer: Valerie Dray
graphics designed by Becca Clason for She Lets Her Hair Down


Carolynn Bullard said...

I love, love love LOVE love your dress. Its beautiful :) And your hair is lovely also, but the dress!!! :)

Rachel said...

You look beautiful, Ruby!

anabela / fieldguided said...

This is just stunning. I might try it for a party! Wish me luck.

The Slow Pace said...

Thsi really is a lovely chignon and it looks so easy to do... It's a pity taht everytime I try to repeat things like this at home is like a hair pin war!!


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