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3 Braided Chignons Perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving Dinner only days away, we know most of the day will be spent in the kitchen. But with family and cameras in full force, your hair has to look amazing too. We rounded up three simple, easy, and beautiful braided chignon hairstyles perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, complete with how-tos. So beauties, don’t fret, take your pick from one of the below and you’ll be looking camera-ready in no time!

The Classic Braided Chignon Bun

This style works great on second-day hair or hair that has been previously curled or waved.

  1. Prep hair with sea salt spray, then loosely secure with an elastic below the occipital bone.
  2. Separate the braid into tjree sections, then begin a regular three strand braid until the very ends, then secure with another elastic.
  3. Spray the braid with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, or gently tap Dust It over the braid to give it hold and texture.
  4. Use your fingers to gently pinch and pull at the sides of the braid to expand it.
  5. Wrap the braid into a circular pattern around the base of the original elastic, securing with French pins as you go.
  6. Tuck the ends in, then use two criss crossing bobby pins to secure.

The Sleek Twisted Braided Chignon

  1. Prep style by spraying hair with Moroccanoil Strong Hold Hairspray throughout the entire head.
  2. Create a deep side part over the arch of one of the eyebrows, then use a Mason Pearson brush to gather hair two inches above the hairline at the nape of the neck.
  3. Secure with an elastic, then split the remaining hair into two pieces.
  4. Slowly and carefully, use your fingers beginning at the top of one of the pieces to deliberately twist the hair. With each twist, work your hairs slowly down the length of the remaining strand. Secure with a clip, then repeat on the other piece.
  5. Twist both of your two twisted pieces around each other, then hold the ends with one hand as you gently pinch and pull at random pieces of the hair to create a looser and more undone twist. Secure ends with an elastic.
  6. Gently wrap the twisted strand around the base, securing with French pins as you go.
  7. Tuck the ends in, then mist with hairspray to finish.

The Knotted Chignon Updo

  1. Pull hair into a low pony, then secure with an elastic.
  2. Split the hair above the elastic in half, then pull the length of the ponytail hair over and through, creating a twist (you know, the style we all loved in the ’90s).
  3. From here, split the remaining hair into three sections, and create a very loose three strand braid, securing the ends with another elastic.
  4. Use your fingers to loosen the braid by expanding the sides with your fingers.
  5. Starting at the end of the braid, roll the hair up, so that the hair is hidden except for the first part of the braid.
  6. Secure with bobby pins to finish.

Need even easier tutorials? Check out THESE two-step hairstyles to try this Thanksgiving!


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