{holiday hair how-to: the side chignon}


. . . for late lunch dates and last-minute meetings, it's been mostly chic & messy topknots, and sometimes, even, a classic chignon -- but as the holiday invitations begin to pile up, something a little more sophisticated is in order for those elegant dinner parties filled with sparkling crystal champagne flutes and conversations that last long after the crème brulée has been served -- and of course, the perfect solution is the always lovely side chignon . . .


using a round brush, blow-dry hair smooth and straight, focusing on the top sections

once dry, use a large-barrel curling iron to create waves from the ears down

build height and volume at the crown by teasing hair gently with a fine-tooth comb

gather hair into a low ponytail; twist it along the nape of your neck, pinning as you go

once you reach your ear, shape the remaining hair into curls, and pin them back over

red, red lips and platform peeptoes and you're set!
{p.s.} previous how-to's:
* a classic english hand-tied bouquet
* a driftwood table lamp
* a fun weekend project
* a glamorous guide to champagne

{images: martha stewart weddings via hip hip gin gin; instructions via martha stewart weddings, with the exception of step number 6; numbered image sequence composed by this is glamorous}

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Blogger Chapstick Fanatic said...

love this! i was thinking about how to wear my hair for our holiday party. i guess i should find a dress first!


November 04, 2010  
Anonymous angie said...

so pretty! i'll see if i can do it with my own hair. hah!

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Natalie said...

I love this! So pretty and classy.

November 04, 2010  
Blogger anita siraki said...

i LOVE wearing side ponies/buns...i'm definitely going to be trying out this style :)

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Olimpia Elide said...

I wanna try this chignon! Now my hair are a little bit longer: maybe I could do that. ;-)
So elegant!

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Naomi said...

I will never cut my hair shorter than my shoulders. What an easy chignon.

November 04, 2010  
Blogger DiamondsandTulle said...

Gorgeous! Love this!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

November 04, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How adorable. And simple. Thanks... running to mirror to see if "they" are long enough now...
kind regards, Martina

November 04, 2010  
Blogger ceo said...

so cute.....


November 04, 2010  
Blogger kelsey said...

This was the article I used for my wedding hair. Love it.


November 04, 2010  
Blogger Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Oh if only I could make my hair look so chic and elegant... worth a try, but I can totally see mine ending up in a big hot mess.

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Casee Marie said...

This is beautiful! I've always wondered how to achieve it; I'll certainly be giving it a try.

November 04, 2010  
Anonymous Samantha said...

What a beautiful how-to! Thanks for sharing. I might try this for a family holiday party this fall!


November 04, 2010  
Blogger KiraLynn said...

I just stumbled upon this post. I'm bookmarking it just hoping I get invited to a party soon to try it out. Also, I need her shade of lipstick!

November 04, 2010  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

kelsey – oh! how lovely!

kiralynn – lipstick is clinique long last lipstick in red, red, red


November 04, 2010  
Blogger Stephanie said...

my favorite up-do. It's casual chic. Thanks for sharing :)

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Nuha Sofiyan said...

ooh i love this! but then again that model has the most beautiful hair!

November 04, 2010  
Blogger Heather Pranitis said...

Your post is making it on my blog for my ...this & that...Thursday. Thank you for posting this today. This is a "must-do" hairstyle for my upcoming vacation...
Thanks again!

November 04, 2010  
Anonymous FXOX said...

Miss R, great post, Im going to try it!!:-)

hugs FXOXO

November 05, 2010  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

looks fabulous for a fun night out on the town!!

November 05, 2010  
Blogger Galaxy Girl said...

Thanks! I may give this a try! It's much more chic and unique than the typical bun. I love the asymetrical look!

November 05, 2010  
Blogger November Grey said...

This is gorgeous!!! Thank you! I also love how you added in your previous how-to's.


November Grey

November 05, 2010  
Blogger Styles 'n Cream said...

This is such a nice style. And I love the red hair .. I have an obsession with the red heads right now ... Thanks for the tutorial. I might give it a try this weekend.


November 05, 2010  
Blogger Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

O love this style, but I am drooling over the color, as well! If this doesn't tempt you to go red, what would?

November 05, 2010  
Anonymous sunny said...

Wow..I saw this same hairstyle on the host of Biggest Loser - a couple episodes ago..I couldn't stop staring at her hair. Figured it was too complicated to try....And now I see your tutorial. LOVE it. Must try it!

November 06, 2010  
Blogger Bridget said...


November 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chignon never goes out of style. Always elegant.

November 06, 2010  
Anonymous ana castilho said...

loved the hairdo!


November 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very feminine, chic and french!
will try it soon...


November 06, 2010  
Blogger Bostonista said...

really pretty! I'm not a "hair" girl- I either have it down and messy or up in a pony tail so I really appreciate step-by-step instructions!

November 07, 2010  
Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Such a helpful, straighforward guide. Thank you for sharing.

November 07, 2010  
Blogger andrea said...

wow thanks for sharing this!

November 07, 2010  
Blogger Mrs4444 said...

This is kind of a fun post for me, because it's from a lane I'm not really in, haha. It's fun to watch you young people (yes, I said it, and I know that officially makes me old) have fun with hairdos and accessories :)

The model, btw, is gorgeous. Is it you?

November 07, 2010  
Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

I so want to try this! I love that she is also a fair redhead with blue eyes -- I can actually picture this working on me, except that I have bangs -- Cecile Cassel style -- but easily pulled back when needed. I will definitely link an image if I can do this :)

November 07, 2010  
Anonymous dnice said...

Yes, I remember this from Martha Stewart Weddings. The WHOLE spread was gorgeous!

November 08, 2010  
Blogger Jay said...

gorgeous! I am definitely going to try to do it this holiday season :)


November 08, 2010  
Blogger Leigha said...

Thanks so much! Cannot wait to try it out. I love the practical application - but I fear I won't look quite so polished. Eeek.

Have a gorgeous week dear.


November 09, 2010  
Blogger the lil bee said...

So so pretty. I'm going to a wedding on Friday. I think I might try this, too!

November 09, 2010  
Blogger Ms_SyllyBee said...

what a beautiful look!

thanks for the how-to.


i wander, i wonder

November 10, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What curling iron is that? I´d really like to find out

November 15, 2010  
Anonymous Mano Bello said...

I love this...casual AND elegant at the same time....I'm trying it!
Thanks for the "how-to".

December 01, 2010  
Blogger Cara Jess Mason said...

I featured this on my blog!

xoxo Cara Mason

February 28, 2011  
Blogger Flora Fricker said...

Wow, this is utterly beautiful, I think I'm going to have to have my hair like this for prom!


May 17, 2011  
Blogger BeauBella said...

Love this, its beautiful! I want to try it today! :)

August 06, 2011  
Blogger Mystery Robin said...

I'm feeling kind of silly for not understanding, but could someone tell me if there is an elastic in the low ponytail? Or do you just gather the hair into a ponytail and then pin it in place, forgoing the elastic?

Thank you!

August 09, 2011  
Blogger Mia said...

Lovely!! thanks! This will be great for my Vegas vacation this week!

August 10, 2011  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

mystery robbin -- you could add the elastic if you like or if it makes it easier, but here, it just calls for gathering the hair up like you would for a low ponytail, and then pinning it as you move along to one side -- hope that helps!

August 11, 2011  
Blogger Kia said...

so glad to see this. I am actually going to a wedding this weekend and just love this idea. Hope I can make it work. =)

October 06, 2011  
Blogger Please Hold The Cheese said...

I'm obsessed. Anyone who comes within five feet of me had been getting a side chignon. And I've been wearing this several days a week to work. Everyone has been raving about it! Thank you!!!!

October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do u pin it once u gather it to the ear? do you twist it in a bun and then pin?

November 10, 2011  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

anonymous -- you create curls with your fingers, and then pin each :)

November 10, 2011  
Blogger TheSunshineDistrict said...

What a lovely tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)
xo Jac

November 28, 2011  
Blogger Hope said...

Think that this is so classy!

December 06, 2011  
Anonymous Quinn said...

How do you go from step 4 to step 5.. Just 'pin them back over' doesn't help me.. It looks terrible when I do it..

December 30, 2011  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

quinn -- create individual curls with your fingers, and then pin x

December 31, 2011  
Blogger Pam said...

Love this hair style.
As with a few of the other girls, I wish there were a few more how-to pictures between steps 4 & 5 to show how to pin the twist (my bobby pins seem to want to pop out) and form/pin the curls.
Will give it a try and hope for the best!
It seems in a lot of the tutorials the major how-to step of the style is missing (like the above between steps 4 & 5) for us who don't have hair style schooling. Perhaps a few more pictures and steps could be added in future posts.
Love all the ideas.

February 24, 2012  
Anonymous Pléthorie said...

Love this one ,Georgeous :)

May 16, 2012  
Anonymous Jessy said...

I love this hairstyle...I'd love to do this for my wedding day. Tried practicing but it's so difficult to do with long hair :/

August 27, 2012  

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