The chignon is a classic style – it oozes sophistication and class. But it is also surprisingly practical. Certainly with the warm weather approaching, keeping hair up off your neck is a ‘cool’ idea. It is also quick and easy to do – perfect for bad hair days – and if a few strands come loose, they will look deliberately messy and modern.


It is best to attempt this style the day after washing your hair – recently conditioned locks can be too slippery to stay in place. If you have freshly washed hair, trying working some mousse through the entire length before rough drying. To get our model’s look, create a side parting in the front of the hair. Comb smoothly behind the ears and secure with a pin. Pull the rest of the hair back into a loose ponytail, then twist until the hair starts to curl under. Continue to twist the hair into a bun and tuck the ends underneath. Secure with ‘invisible’ hair pins and use plenty of hairspray if you plan on doing any moderately strenuous activity.


If your chignon is too skinny, use a donut to bulk it out. A donut is a padded hair net that will instantly add volume – just take to ensure that it is completely covered by your own hair. On the other hand if you need to reduce the size of your do, sleek the ponytail down with a blob of grooming cream before twisting.


For full fifties glamour add red lips and smoldering eyes and don’t forget the high-heels