How To Make a Chignon with African American Hair

Chignons, a simple variation on the traditional bun, have been extremely popular in recent years.  The style is quick and easy to produce and flattering with any hair texture.  A chignon is ideal for formal events or special evenings, as they provide an elegant, glamorous look. Regardless of whether one's hair is naturally curly, semi-wavy, or straightened, African American women can enjoy the beauty of this style as long as their hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail.

The longer your hair the easier it will be to produce a full, attractive chignon.  To achieve this style you will need a comb and brush, a moisturizing product, a small ponytail holder, bobby pins, and holding spray. You may also like to have a flat-iron and hair decorations on hand.

Start with clean, dry hair. Comb out the hair, making sure to remove any tangles.  If your hair is extremely curly/kinky, you may want to wash the hair, then blow dry it straight for a sleeker profile.  For an even sleeker look, the hair may be flat-ironed.

Once the hair has been detangled, smooth a small bit of moisturizing product through the hair from the roots to the tips.  This will help to nourish the hair and help tame flyaway strands.

Brush the hair back into a ponytail, securing it in the small ponytail holder.  Chignons are usually placed low on the head, near the nape. However, you may form your ponytail anywhere you choose.  Be careful not to put unnecessary stress on the hair by pulling harshly or overly tightening the ponytail holder. Such actions may cause hair breakage.

Part the ponytail into two sections.  Grasping one section of hair, coil it around the base of the ponytail.  Secure the first section with bobby pins, then repeat the process with the second section. Avoid poking or scraping your scalp with the bobby pins, as this can cause scalp irritation.  If the pins do not slide in easily or are uncomfortable once in place, remove them and try again.

Finish the process by tucking in stray hairs, applying holding spray, and adding any hair ornaments you would like.  This style looks great with ribbons, decorative combs and headbands, or flowers.

The process may be a little challenging at first, since you will not be able to see the chignon as you form it.  However, with a little practice, you will be able to create the perfect hairstyle.


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