Posts Tagged ‘chignon’

THE INFINITY BUN

post, photography + graphic design: Kristin Ess

Sometimes the most simple, clean hairstyles are the most stunning. This infinity symbol shaped bun is no exception. We get so carried away with texture sometimes that we forget about the chicness of a clean bun. Thought this would be a way to mix it up and keep it from looking boring. Here’s how I did it!

  1. Grab a fine tooth comb, various bobby pins and u-pins + a ponytail holder.
  2. For this one we put the ponytail a little lower, but as you can see in the top photo on the girl with blonde hair, we put it a little higher. Your choice! Secure the elastic– you want it to be pretty tight. Don’t worry about fly aways, we’ll lock those down at the end.
  3. You’re basically going to twist the hair into a “circle 8″ shape. Start by pulling it to the left and twisting upward {toward the top of your head} as you see her doing in photo 3.
  4. Circle it around as if you’re going to make a regular bun and use large bobby pins to secure as you go. I like to put them in every inch or so. Should take about 2-3 large bobby pins to secure it on the one side.
  5. Once you get to the middle add a couple small bobby pins there to make sure you’re not pulling the other side. You’re now going to be twisting the same direction, but you’ll start rolling it downward as you come around the curve {see photo 5}
  6. Keep pinning as you go. Use smaller bobby pins as you get to the end. Personally, I find that you really only need the larger ones to secure the first side as it’s SO heavy.
  7. Secure the tail end under the bun using another small pin.
  8. Now go around and add any extra u-pins you need to lock it all in place.
  9. Last, smooth using hairspray and a fine tooth comb.

Keep this one simple. Just think about making a “circle 8″ and you”ll get it! Check the balance of your infinity bun in the mirror when you’re done. The great news is, this bun still looks really pretty if it starts to get messy! Click read more to see a couple of extra images from other angles. (more…)

NATURAL HAIR CHIGNON

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

It’s definitely not easy to find tutorials online for girls with curls, frizz or natural texture so we’re going to try and remedy that by bringing more of these to the blog. We don’t claim to be natural hair experts, but we certainly know a cute updo when we see one! This particular chignon is great for anyone with lots of natural volume. It’s a great way to pull it all together when you’re rushing out the door to dinner or going on a date. Here’s how this sweet chignon was done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. I personally like this chignon best with a side part, but you can do center, too.
  2. On one side make 2 twist braids. Try making one smaller than the other to mix it up.
  3. Take all of the hair behind your ears and down to the nape of your neck and make a bun. We went for a more “round bun” rather than the typical ballerina style bun that’s twisted into place. You can get a rounder bun by pulling the hair 3/4 of the way through your ponytail holder and pinning the rest underneath.
  4. Once your bun is in place, take your two twists from the first side and pin them over the top of the bun.
  5. Next, make a single twist on the opposite side.
  6. Now pin that over the bun as well. When pinning this section we used a larger bobbypin for extra support.
  7. Finally, you want to roll the remaining hair in front toward the back. We rolled “up and back” for this look but you can roll under and back if you prefer. Pin into place right above the bun in back and tuck in any remaining pieces.

How cute is Meskie!? Best hair ever and such a natural at doing updos! Looking forward to bringing you many more! xo

STYLE ME PRETTY POST

photo + post: Kristin Ess

Listen up brides + bridesmaids! Our own hair guru, Kristin Ess, has teamed up with everyone’s favorite wedding wonderland¬†Style Me Pretty to bring you monthly hair posts! You can check out this first beauty right here

ALL HAIR, ALL WEEK

photos/post/grahic design: Kristin Ess

Calling all curly girls! Here’s a fun, fancy little updo for you. We get lots of requests for updos on curly hair from our readers who want to embrace their natural texture. Working with curls when doing an updo is so much fun because almost anything you do looks romantic + girly! This tutorial is pretty easy and you can accessorize it with anything you want. Here we added a necklace from J. Crew ¬†(incorporating jewelry into the hair is always SO much fun!) but you can add flowers, a headband, or just leave it plain + simple! If you don’t have curly hair and you want this look, you can always spend some time and curl your entire head with 5/8″ or 3/4″ barrell iron and then follow along! Let’s do it…¬† (more…)