Camille Styles

Pretty Simple :: Braided Chignon

June 27th, 2012

I know this updo looks super polished and ornate, but before you go running for the hills let me assure you that it actually stays very true to our Pretty Simple series… if you can make a regular braid, you can recreate this look. You guys should have seen Martha Lynn styling this one – our jaws were all dropped to the floor in collective disbelief of how easy it was, and how beautifully it turned out. I’m so glad that Cory Ryan was there capturing the instructions each step of the way, because I’m sensing that this look is going to be my new go-to (with my first at-bat being for date night tonight). Follow the jump for instructions!


  1. Separate hair into three sections, parting from the ears forward, and then down the middle in the back. Make two braids with the back sections and tie off with elastics.
  2. Create desired part in front section, and separate as pictured.
  3. Twist back one of the front sections.
  4. Wrap around back and secure with a bobby pin.
  5. For longer hair, continue to wrap the twist across the back of the head in a figure-8 shape. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 with other front section.
  7. Take one long braid and fold in half.
  8. Fold again across head, and secure with bobby pins.
  9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 with second long braid.

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39 Comments under :: Pretty Simple :: Braided Chignon
  1. Alyssa says:

    This look is so pretty–I can’t wait to try it out!

  2. I love this look! So classy and simple. Can’t wait to try it this weekend!

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  4. Kailey says:

    Absolutely love this – thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  5. Love this! This would be perfect for a wedding!

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  7. Debra says:

    Lovely model and such pretty hair.

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  9. Rachel says:

    Just a note, in step 9 you can tell the picture has been flipped because the button on the blouse is opposite of the rest of the pictures! I’m glad I noticed that because the top braid looked different from step 8 to 9. I’m a visual learner so I was confused until I noted the photo flip. 🙂

    • Camille Styles says:

      Whoa, I think you just won the award for most observant reader ever… I hadn’t even noticed myself! Thanks for pointing that out Rachel – hopefully it’ll keep anyone else from being confused as well! xx

  10. Diane Joslin says:

    I cannot get this to work; it keeps falling out. Suggestions??

    • cleverkitty says:

      more pins? one thing is how you put the pins in. Try them at an angle or against the fall line.

    • Lisa says:

      In order for the hair pins to stay in you have to crisscross them together…picture an “X” you put the first one in then when you put the second one in you put the second “flat” part of the pin into the other one on a cross angle….. the little grooves at the top of the pins interlock and keep the hairpins secure…..

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  12. Safiyah says:

    Love this!
    Would it be possible to lighten the pics a bit or do another tute with a girl with lighter haircolor? I can’t really see a lot because of the dark hair color.
    Can you post a pic of the finished look from the front, too? Thanks!!

  13. Jenn says:

    Re: pins. How do you actually use u shape hair pound?

  14. Kristina Rae says:

    I can’t do this to my own hair with any real success :(I tried) …but also my hair is longer and maybe that doesn’t help.

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  17. Katya says:

    I’m confused….where is the first larger braid fastened relative to the line of two mini braids? Is it done so the two mini braids are eventually between the two big braids?

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  22. Mary says:

    I just struggled for an hour in my bathroom trying to achieve this look. The first few steps with the smaller “twisted” braids are simple enough but achieving the balanced, polished look after pinning up the larger braids is next to impossible. Maybe it’s because my hair isn’t down past the middle of my back in length, but the larger braids would not cooperate at all and this ended up looking awful.

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  25. Tiffany says:

    Today was my anniversary and I did this braid in one try. My husband said I looked beautiful. Thanks!

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  27. Lindsay says:

    I tried this for a wedding on Saturday, and I was very pleased. Mine wasn’t this neat because I couldn’t quite line up the thick braids like the photo, but I was satisfied and got many compliments.

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  31. marie says:

    Tried this on my daughts hair this morning,,had to adjusts the big braid twice. But this was very pretty!

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