DIY This Chic Chignon In 6 Easy Steps

This past fashion week, we brought hair and makeup pro Stephanie Brinkerhoff to NYC to document some of the beauty action at the shows. While she was here, we decided to put her updo skills to the test by challenging her to give our beauty director, Annie Tomlin, a long-hair makeover. Totally unfazed, Brinkerhoff chose the swoop-y, bobby-pin-adorned look at Cacharel's spring '13 show.
"This is a great look to recreate at home because it's unique, but not too avant-garde," says Stephanie. "It's casual enough to wear every day, but high-fashion enough to wear on a night out." To get the look right, you'll want to start with second-day hair that's either naturally straight or blown out to get a smooth texture — that's what gives this 'do its sculptural effect.
Click through to see how Stephanie made it happen — you won't believe how easy it is!
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What you'll need:
Clear elastics
Bobby pins that match your hair color
Colored bobby pins

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To start, create a low side part over one eyebrow with a comb.
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Next, pull hair into a low side ponytail (on the side opposite your part), and secure with a clear elastic.
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Once the ponytail is secure, create a rope braid. Divide the hair into two sections, twist them both in the same direction, and then cross the two sections over each other in the opposite direction. Here, Annie twisted both sections of hair toward her face, and then wrapped them away from her face.
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Continue rope braiding, then finish the braid with another clear elastic.
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To create the chignon, pull the rope braid up and around itself, securing with bobby pins that match your hair color as you go.
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Finish the look by placing a small stack of colored bobby pins as an accent, right at eye level. The flat side of the bobby pins should face outward.
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The finished look!
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The end: a modern yet feminine 'do.

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