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Definition: Chignon

A chignon is a low bun that is created by twisting hair into a knot or a roll and pinning it at the nape of the neck. It is French word that is pronounced "sheen-yon,” and it comes from the French phrase chignon du cou, meaning nape of the neck.

The chignon is an age-old hairstyle associated with classical sophistication. Stemming from ancient Greece and China, it became extremely popular in America in the late 1940s. Although it has taken on many variations throughout the years, we can see from a recent photograph of Katherine Heigl that this hairdo is still extremely popular today.


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ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
pretty hair
femmefatale femmefatale 9 years
I do my own variation and i love it. Either very sleek or i leave my hair curly and make the bun super tight.
BethEsme BethEsme 9 years
Such a chic hairdo... I wish I had my own personal hairdresser!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Chignons always look sophisticated. It's a great updo.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
It reminds me of the classic and elegant actresses of the 50's ... very glamorous Heigl is hot stuff she has come a long way.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Classy and chic...
emalove emalove 9 years
Always a very pretty and classy updo. Love it.
kia kia 9 years
I've been practicing chignon variations like crazy for my wedding hairstyle.
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 9 years
Very easy up-dos when you learn how to do them right.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I do these sometimes when I need to fix my hair quick :)
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