HOW-TO: Celeb Stylist’s Holiday Chignon

By Rosanne Ullman | 11/22/2013 12:11:00 PM


NYC celebrity hairdresser Josue Perez, who has styled Hollywood royalty like Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker, suggests relying on the low chignon as a go-to for your clients during this upcoming holiday season stretch.

“Face framing chignon buns are a perfect and classic look appropriate for any holiday party—from the office party to gift swaps to New Year’s Eve,” says Josue, a brand ambassador for Rowenta Beauty. So whether you’re styling a matriarch for a family Thanksgiving dinner or an ingenue to watch the ball drop at Times Square, the timeless, ageless chignon is a great choice. It’s up to you and your client to decide whether to class it up, scale it down or rock it out!

The look is a staple on the red carpet, with actresses Jessica Alba and pre-pixie Jennifer Lawrence rockin’ it regularly.

click image to zoomJessica Alba (photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) click image to zoomJennifer Lawrence (photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)














Earlier this month, Taylor Swift wore a low chignon to this year’s CMAs,
while actress Emily Osment did the same at the L.A. premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

click image to zoomTaylor Swift (photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage) click image to zoomEmily Osment (photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
















Across the pond, Kate Middleton is a big fan of the chignon, whether simple and smooth or ornately braided.

click image to zoomKate Middleton (photo by Indigo-Pool/Getty Images) click image to zoomKate Middleton (photo by Indigo/Getty Images)















Rosario Dawson (photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) Josue Perez shares the steps he used for fashioning this look for actress Rosario Dawson.

STEP 1: Create soft waves and curl the ends of the hair with the Rowenta Versa Style Iron, which will protect the hair against damage.

STEP 2: Establish a heavy side part, and pull hair low and slightly to the side, leaving some hair loose on the opposite side.

STEP 3: Twist the hair into a bun, and hold securely with bobby pins.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at


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