1920s Chignon Hairstyles

Bring back the flair and glamour of the '20s by recreating the classic chignon hairstyle. The chignon is understated, demure and classic for a night on the town or simply running errands. Look to the "Great Gatsby" for inspiration or simply come up with your own modern day version of the '20s classic.

Slick-Back Chignon

Slick back your hair by pulling it into the slick-back chignon. This classic '20s style represented women who wanted a glamorous, minimal look. To recreate the look, wash your hair and towel dry the hair until it is almost dry. Apply a shine serum and styling gel to your hair to give it a sleek and shiny appearance. Brush hair and fringe back, and secure a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Pull the hair outward and twist until it creates a bun. Secure with hair clips and apply a pomade to slick down any flyaways around your head. This style is trendy for weddings because women can insert fresh or silk flowers into the hair right above the chignon.

Messy Chignon

The opposite of the slicked-back chignon, the messy chignon was more casual than classy. To recreate the look, simply wash and dry your hair and pull it back with your hands. The look is more loose than tight so using a brush would defeat the style. Pull hair into a low, side part and secure a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Twist the long hair until it spirals downward and secure with hair clips. Use your fingers to pull out side tendrils to leave at the sides of your head. Use a rattail comb to insert the long handle into hair around the scalp, and gently pull upward to give your hair more volume. Secure with a light-hold hairspray.

Pin-Curl Chignon

The pin-curl chignon combined two glamorous hairstyles into one classy up-do. Prepare your hair the night before by washing and drying hair to a damp feel. Apply pin curls around the frame of your face using small, sponge rollers or end paper and double-prong clips. Sleep in the curls overnight. In the morning, pull hair back and secure into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Roll hair downward and secure with hair clips. Remove the curls and do not touch for a high-glamour look. Secure the hairdo with light-hold hairspray.

Side Chignon

Pull hair to the side to create the side chignon. Pull hair into a deep side part and, using a brush, slick hair back. Instead of securing the hair at the nape of the neck, pull it to the opposite side of the front side part. Roll the hair into place and secure with hair clips. Another approach to the side chignon includes adding barrel rollers to the frame of your face or simply one or two large curls to the front side of your forehead. To create barrel rollers simply roll hair with large hot rollers and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes, and then remove. Leave the rolls intact and spray with hairspray to secure.

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Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.