Holiday Updo Tutorial: The Effortless Chignon

West Hollywood
October 31, 2016


Have I mentioned how much I love perfectly imperfect hair? With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I would channel my love of effortless locks into a casual updo that you can wear to this seasons chicest Holiday parties. Gone are the days when an updo was reserved for a stiff, formal affair. Follow these simple steps to get this five minute up-do!

What You’ll Need:

 1 TRESemmé Flexible Finish Hairspray

TRESemmé Frest Start Dry Shampoo

1 Curling wand or iron (I love to use T3 products)

20 Bobby pins

1 Standard comb and brush for teasing and separating/ creating parts

Begin by spraying TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo through your (already messy) hair to give it a bit of texture and a little extra hold. Next, you’ll want to work the product through your hair, rub it in, and mess it up a bit.


Once you feel like you have a solid foundation to work with, section the front pieces of your hair down to your ear on both sides.

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Next step is to create the glorious volume at the crown of your head.


Split the remaining hair in two; at the crown and at the nape of the neck, backcomb each section and spray after teasing with TRESemmé Flexible Finish Hairspray


Using one of your elastics, secure the top section into a half up-half down while being careful to maintain the volume you just created.


Next, you’re going to secure the bottom of your hair with another elastic. From there, you’re going to roll it all the way up. This gives it that rolled, chignon effect. To enhance the shape, tease the hair between the elastics a bit area so it creates more volume for the bun.


The end result of the chignon before assembling the front pieces (pictured below)!


Use your bobby pins here to secure the bun in place. 


Take the front pieces of your hair and curl them.

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As you can see, I’ve taken some of the pieces and pinned them around the chignon to cover up the pins that are holding it in place and to give it that effortlessly, undone feel. I also love to play with the idea of twisting some strands to give the look more texture and depth. Then, go ahead and pin these pieces to the back of the bun as well.


This allows for a more whimsical updo, that is less traditional. It’s super important to keep it feeling loose and messy.


When you’ve completed your look, add a final spritz of TRESemmé’s hairspray for a lightweight, but effective hold to lock down your look to last all night long! Want to see more tutorials like this? Visit my YouTube channel or visit the Hair destination here on the blog! 

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Photos by Jessica Alexander.

| Needle & Thread Dress | Pearl Earrings | TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo | TRESemmé Flexible Finish Hairspray | T3 Styling Wand |

Thanks to TRESemmé®, a product of Unilever, for sponsoring this post.

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SO pretty!! I was just wondering if this dress tends to run small? I’ve heard reviews that Needle & Thread dresses run smaller than usual, so just trying to gauge what size to buy!

This hairstyle is STUNNING. So easy to follow too, love it girl!

This is the exact look I want to achieve when I attend the opera! Thank you for the helpful tips. This look is stunning!!

Yes! This is the perfect occasion to try it out!


Love this hairstyle! Classic and would be perfect for the Holidays! You look so pretty as always!



Seriously LOVING this look! So soft and feminine, yet structured! Might have to try this look soon!


I need that dress! Thank you for always being such an inspiration.

Loving your new website design!! <3


They’re nice solutions for this season!

Right? A nice change is always good!


Gorgeous!! I will have to try it for an event this holiday season!


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Love this, Jenny! It looks pretty complicated, so I’m not sure I could do it by myself… But I’ll try it! Also, I love my T3!



Ahhhhh! I miss my long hair! But I love your hair tutorials and can’t wait for when it’s long enough to try this do out! I love an up-do that’s not so stiff.
On a clothing note, I just got my first Zimmerman dress…now it looks like I need a Needly & Thread one as well!!

I love this post! I’m definitely trying this, I’ve had so many “Pinterest-fails” trying to do this type of hairstyle from photos on Pinterest that I gave up trying in the end lol! Such a gorgeous up-do style for the Festive party season.


You must try it! It’s so easy — I promise! And it’s a nice change for the holidays!


Oh my goodness I love this look – and what a great tutorial. Thank you!!

I’m so glad you loved it and found it equally informative! You must send pictures when you’ve tried it!!


This is so lovely! I have to try this. xo

Love your hair and your dress is amazing!!
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This is so amazing, that hairstyle is beautiful!!

xx, Hannah


This is such a great hairstyle, you make it look so easy

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Simply beautiful hairstyle … Simply chic! 🙂

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