In the Roaring Twenties women cut their hair short, with the bob hairstyle being one of the fashion symbols of the decade. While this avant garde look spread to the mainstream quickly, not all women wanted to cut their hair that short. Chignons were a way to give hair that bobbed shape, without cutting off all your locks.
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A chignon bob is a little like a reverse of the regular chignon bun. To create this hairstyle, separate the top section of your hair at the crown. Gather the remaining underneath section into a ponytail, an inch or two above the nape of the neck. Twist this around, then tuck it underneath and secure with hairpins. Smooth the top section back over the chignon and in one twist, tuck the ends underneath, also securing with pins. Your hair will be the length of a bob but smooth, rather than in a bun.
Finger waves and curls were also popular in the 1920s and a chignon bob could be styled in the same way. To create finger waves, soak the hair with a stronghold setting lotion. With a side part, push the hair into a wave shape using a comb and fingers to pinch it. Finger waving can be done on long hair, before putting it up into a chignon bob. Styling hair this way created the fashionable '20s shape without the more blunt edges or commitment of a short cut.
In the 1920s, women had several accessories to wear with their chignon bobs. One accessoy was the cloche hat, named after the French word for "bell." It is a close-fitting hat, so the only up-do that could fit underneath it was a smooth chignon bob. For evening affair, women would also add ornate, decorative headbands to their hair. The headbands might have several layers or be adorned with chiffon, feathers and ribbon. Being perfect for securing around the back of a chignon bob, headbands aimed to make hair look a little more glamorous for evening. They were also a boon for those with long or thick hair, providing a extra support in which to tuck a chignon bob.
Other 1920s Chignons
Classic chignons, which look more like a bun, were also popular during the '20s. This style was still ideal to wear under a cloche hat, as the back of the hair remained smooth and flat down to the nape of the neck. The neat, smooth style complemented the clothing fashions of the day.
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