• Bridal Hair: Romantic & Messy Chignon Tutorial

    I’m a big fan of the bridal chignon.

    It’s chic, sophisticated and comes in many shapes and sizes to suit all manner of brides.

    New York based hair and make up artist Magda Designs and By Millie B Photography teamed up to create a soft, romantic and relaxed chignon hair tutorial that’s just the right amount of ‘undone’.

    Learn how to create a low, messy chignon that’s perfect for your big day!

    (Or your bridal shower, bachelorette party, Christmas work ‘do, as a bridesmaids hairstyle…the possibilities are endless!)

    Messy Chignon Tutorial

    1. Day old hair works best. Wash your hair the day before & apply conditioner only on ends. Apply heat protection spray & blow-dry the hair with a large round brush. Do not flat iron.

    2. Apply a little mousse or volumizer to the roots of your dry hair & allow volumizer to dry.

    3. Section hair into 2 ½ inch sections. Take each hair section & curl with 1 ¼ inch barrel curling iron & lightly mist a very light hold hair spray onto hair.

    4. Gather the curled hair sections & pin them up. Mist pinned hair with light holding hair spray. Allow hair to set for at least 30 minutes.

    5. Remove the pinned set working from the nape of the neck area first. Leave the crown, front & side sections alone for now.

    6. Back comb or lightly tease each loose section at the root. Mist hair with a light hold hair spray.

    7. After back combing & spraying, gently smooth any snarls or flyaways with a wide toothcomb, and then finger comb the sections together.

    8. Use an elastic band to create a side ponytail. The crown area of the hair should still remain set.

    9. Divide the ponytail into sections. Take each section and fold the sections loosely & randomly around the base of ponytail & secure in place with a bobby pin. The sections should look soft as if they were ready to fall out of the knot.

    10. Release pin curls from crown, sides & front. Repeat step 6 & 7 until all of the sections are blended & pinned into place. Style the front as you like. Gently loosen any side wisps for a romantic look.

    11. Apply a small amount of smoothing crème to flyaway areas. Lightly mist with a finishing hair spray like Kenra #25.

    Such a soft and romantic bridal look.

    Here’s a little cut out and keep step by step tutorial – why not pin it to your Hairstyles Pinterest Board?

    I can’t wait to try this look out! (Just wish I had the sparkly dress above to complete my look!) How about you?

    Remember, practice makes perfect!

    Not so confident with that curling iron? Magda Designs offers one to one make up and hair lessons to help destination and DIY brides learn how to master their chosen wedding look. Such a great idea!

    More Bridal Beauty Tutorials on Bridal Musings:

    Smokey Eye Make Up Tutorial

    Fishtail Hair Tutorial

    The Bridal Ballerina Bun

    Nude and Gold Glitter Nail Art Tutorial

    Relaxed Boho Up Do Hairstyle

    Halo Braid Tutorial

    Photographer: By Millie B Photography / Hair and Make Up Artist: Madga Designs / Model: Emily C / Sparkly Dress: Bloomingdales
  • Love this gorgeous bridal style, and what a fabulous idea a makeup/hair lesson is for a destination bride. It’s so hard when flying abroad to pick a salon- plus a lesson would be a long term investment really!

  • Reshmi Bennett

    These photos make it look so EASY! I feel my hair’s a bit too long for this though, and it hates curls…:(
    Doesn’t mean I won’t be giving this a bash! you’ll be the first to know how it holds up x

    • Magda

      Hi- The length of the hair should not be an issue, sometimes the texture of the hair can make this a little harder to achieve. With thicker type hair I make smaller sections to set. I also make a smaller ponytail, this will help to manage and place the sections. As far as your hair hating curls, setting the hair should help hold the curl. Is your hair pin straight?

  • Beautiful! I love how this style is a little undone – but certainly not overly “messy” – The neat curls and top seem key – she looks so put together to me! Great tutorial, I might have to try it myself!

  • The Perfect Palette

    Such a great tutorial – beautifully done!

  • There’s nothing quite like a great hair tutorial!

  • Sara Burnett

    Gorgeous – will definitely have to try this!

  • Where’s the love button? I love my hair up in a bun but I could never figure out how to get it that way! Sharing! xx

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