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How To: Simple Chignon

An (easy) elegant updo.

One of the most polished and put-together looks of all time is the chic, simple chignon. Worn loose at the nape of the neck, this classic hairstyle is incredibly versatile. Whether grabbing drinks with friends, attending a black-tie event, or running from meeting to meeting at the office, this look will add an air of sophistication to any outfit. Want to know how to style a simple chignon for yourself? Follow the step-by-step directions below!

Get the Look

1. For any style to stand the test of time you'll need to start with a little prep work. With knots like a simple chignon adding little texture to your hair, with a product like L'Oréal Professionnel's True Grip , is key. This type of product gives your hair the grip it needs in order to stay in place and look as amazing at the end of the day as it did when you first stepped out of the door.

2. Gather all of your hair together with your fingers-this gives the final look a very effortless, laid-back feel, and secure it in the center of the back of your head with a soft elastic.

3. To form the chignon, twist the length of your hair and wrap it around the base of the ponytail you created. Secure it in place with as many bobby pins as you need for it to feel secure.

4. Use your fingers-or the tail of a long-tail comb-to gently pull on the bun to separate and loosen the hair into your desired shape.

Detail your style with L'Oréal Professoinnel's Lumi Controle , which is great for taming flyways around the face and at the crown-and then set everything in place with Extreme Lacquer for a long-lasting hold.

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