Bouffant Chignon

January 14, 2016

Bouffant Chignon

Remember last month when I wore a bouffant chignon in an outfit post? If you really liked the ‘do but were like “How in the world…?!” here is the tutorial version so you can do it yourself (… or have someone do it for you)!

I always associate the bouffant with the 1950s and ’60s, but did you know the hairstyle actually originated in the mid-to-late 18th century in western Europe? It was thought to be created for Marie Antoinette because she had thin hair and wanted to create the illusion of having full hair (source). The hairstyle again became popular during the 1950s. Jackie Kennedy was the first First Lady to wear the bouffant.

The chignon has origins even earlier than the bouffant, being a common hairstyle for Athenian women in Ancient Greece who wore the ‘do with gold or ivory handcrafted hairpins (source).

Bouffant Chignon

Caysi and I thought it would be fun to merge the two hairstyles together and create a look of our own.


• Bore bristle brush or small comb
• Hairspray
• Bobby pins
• Hair clips
• Hair tie
* OPTIONAL: Decorative hairpins

Bouffant Chignon


1. Take the hair from the crown section and clip out of the way. Take your bore bristle brush or a small comb and comb the side of the hair tightly back and pin.

2. Repeat on the other side. Pin the bobby pins in an “X” so it creates a good anchor.

3. Take the section at your crown and backcomb.

4. Spray and pin

5. Take the remaining hair and twist towards the face.

6. Twist under and pin.

7. We put a gold hairpin in for decoration, but that’s totally optional!

Bouffant Chignon

Bouffant Chignon

Bouffant Chignon

Dress via Crossroads // Hairstyle by Caysi Jean // Photography by Dawn Hoo

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