Simple Chignon Updo

Easy + pretty! Simple Chignon Updo (click through for tutorial)Everybody has their “go-to” hairstyle that they do when they need a quick look that says, “I put some effort into my hair today,” and this simple chignon bun is that hairstyle for me.

I wear it for all sorts of events, and I love it because it’s easy to pull off and doesn’t look too fussy when it’s done. You also don’t need a lot of fancy tools to create it either, which is nice if you need to make your hair behave in a pinch.

Easy + pretty! Simple Chignon Updo (click through for tutorial) Step One: Take a teasing brush and tease a few layers of hair at the back of the crown of your head. Smooth the top layers of your hair with the brush.

Step Two: Gather your hair into a low ponytail. I have long bangs in the front, so I like to keep a few pieces out in the front. You can do that too if you like that look or just include all your hair in the ponytail.

Step Three: Twist your ponytail and wrap the twist around the base of your ponytail to create a bun. You can also tease your ponytail before you twist it to create a bigger bun if you want.

Step Four: Use bobby pins to pin the bun into place and give your hair a quick spray of hairspray to set the look and help contain flyaways. That’s it!

Easy + pretty! Simple Chignon Updo (click through for tutorial)
Easy + pretty! Simple Chignon Updo (click through for tutorial) So simple right? This is great for a date night, dinner with friends, or even for bridesmaid duties, and I like that it creates a soft wave look when I take out my hair at the end of the night. If you need a classy look that doesn’t take much time to do, you’ll want to give this one a try for sure! xo. Laura

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Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Janae Hardy.

  • Even when I tease my hair the ponytail ends up pulling it down/flat after a while. Any idea how to fix this or what I’m doing wrong?

  • This style is gorgeous. Very natural. You should take a look at our Model Guide to Beautiful Hair, it has a lot of interesting advice 🙂

    Love Leni’s Models x

  • This is such a pretty hairstyle and it looks relatively easy. It would be a great hairstyle for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!

  • I use this brush and I like it, but I haven’t tried a lot of brushes so I don’t have much to compare it to:

    Laura 🙂

  • Oh wow! Well, I hope you are feeling good these days, thanks for the tips!

    Laura 🙂

  • Ha ha, I just gently brush it out with a paddle brush and that works for me!

    Laura 🙂

  • I usually do too, but you can either pin or spray them down, or just leave them for a messier look 🙂


  • What is your lipstick color? It’s amazing! Love this post and love the posts with Anna Rose too (she does my hair in Hollywood!)

    I saw many ladies on this post wishing they had longer hair… I recently was diagnosed with a thyroid disease that made my hair fall out and I LEARNED a lot about making hair grow back quickly…i wrote a blog on it and the secrets and products I used if anyone wants to read it.

    XX KK

  • I love this! I also need a un-teasing tutorial!

  • I love this. A look I constantly repeat when I don’t feel like doing my hair.

  • A chic low ballet bun is so undervalued, and looks great on everyone!

  • Totally saving this, to try myself! Nice and easy, but max effect.
    Kate XxX

  • So cute! And great for summer!


  • This looks so simple and elegant! Definitely going to try it on my hair soon 🙂

  • This is perfect. I love the look with the teasing. And thank you for the tip about teasing the ponytail before the wrapping and pinning – usually I don’t like my hair this way because I don’t have enough to get a full bun in the back, but I never thought of the teasing and that should help (as well as help the bobby pins stay put.)

  • Looks beautiful! I’m still looking for the perfect “go-to” hairstyle, and I definitely will try this.

  • This hair look is so cute and elegant! I want to try it soon!


  • I love this hairstyle! It looks effortless and classy.

    Happy Tuesday

  • Looks really good! I’m going to try that later.

  • I like the title, “The Beautiful Mess”

    Thank you for the tips!

  • Very beautiful and classy hairstyle, love it! My hair is not long enough, otherwise I will try it for sure. Thanks for sharing!


  • Such a pretty hairstyle. And I love how simple it is to do.

  • I love this updo tutorial. Your hair looks so elegant and chic, and I love how quick and easy it is to recreate this style.


  • Super cute! Love how your highlights look with the bun. Just the perfect chignon (hopefully it works just as well with lots of layers – mine always has pieces sticking out haha)

    xx, mel

  • It looks so easy, I would love to recreate this updo!I am crushing on the long blonde hair, I wish I hadn’t cut mine off! Now waiting for it to grow again…

  • This is so cute! I just have to wait for my hair to grow out a little longer so that it would all fit into a little bun like this. Love it!

  • Super chic and simple! I always thought this style looked so polished but never knew it wouldn’t take a professional to get the look.


  • This up-do is perfect for Laura! I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

  • As I’m getting prepared to return to work from maternity leave, I’m trying to perfect a few easy hairstyles that are office appropriate. I’ll be doing a trial run with this one today!


  • That looks great and easy to do. Definitely worth taking a shot at it!

  • Wow, that really is simple. I think the tease at the back of the crown gives it a little something extra. :]

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  • Do you have a teasing brush you’d recommend? I’ve been looking for one! I do a version of this higher up on my head but love it lower (like you’ve done), too!

  • The teasing makes a huge difference!

  • Love, love, love. Simply, chic and classic! x

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  • I love this hairdo. The chignon is a hairdo that I have wanted to incorporate into my daily hair styles. Thanks for sharing this. I’ll be giving this a try.

    Diary of Elegance

  • I’ll be definitely be trying this! It looks a little more put together than my usual chignon without too much trouble and I’m all for that 🙂

  • You are soooo beautiful!! I wish my hair was a bit longer because this style is so cute 🙂

    Danika Maia

  • This hairstyle looks great on you!

    xo, Liz

  • I love this. Now that my hair is (finally) getting some length, I think I could actually full this off!

    Kristi |

  • Easy and lovely! Will definitely revisit this style. I’ll echo the others – your hair colour is beautiful!

    Emily –

  • You make it look so easy! Pretty do for a pretty girl.
    ♥Heather and Melissa

  • Beautiful hair. Thanks for the short and sweet tut on how to accomplish this gorgeous hairdo! Loving it!

  • I love this look, and i also love her lipstick! What brand/shade is it?!

  • This is such a cute bun, I just always suck at making them 🙁

  • Such a classic updo! I love it. I have a hard time putting effort in my hair with two littles running around, but I feel so nice when I do. Love your smile in the last photo!

  • I adore this look it’s so classic!

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  • Beautiful! You’d never know it’s so simple to do.

    Warm Regards,

  • Just a gorgeous look! And Laura! You nailed the stripes, they suit you aloot.

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  • Your hair colour is gorgeous and that up-do really suits your face-shape! Love it 🙂 x

  • Love anything that looks great and doesn’t take much time! Will definitely be trying this once my hair grows out a little more…

    <3 Haley @

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