November 02, 2011

Braid-Wrapped Chignon | Cute Updo's

It is time for another updo hairstyle!  This one is actually a very quick and easy ‘do… and it looks beautiful!

You can see that my daughter’s hair is fairly straight this day, so it really made the style look sleek and crisp.  {If you or your daughter have waves and will be straightening your hair, please use a good heat protectant first… although I think this would look cute even with wavy hair!}  I then created a microbraid right behind each ear {not shown in video} that will be used for the chignon wraparound.

Braid-Wrapped Chignon {Back}

For the next step, I then brought two sections of the hair from the front/sides to the back and secured them with an elastic hair band.  Then, with my rat-tail comb, I gently ratted the remaining section of that ponytail pullback to help create my stuffing for the chignon bun.

Then I secured the remaining hair with another elastic hairband at the ends, and gently rolled it up over the ratted ponytail and tucked it behind the tieback.  Feel free to secure the hair to your desired look by using bobby pins {as I did in the tutorial, since my roll-up was not exactly how I wanted it}.

I then brought each of the microbraids from just behind the ears and wrapped them around the chignon, securing them with bobby pins.

This is a gorgeous style, and perfect for girls of all ages.! Of course, it is meant more for formal occasions/holidays so if you do this on your daughter on a day when she will be active… it will likley fall out.  We would recommend this chignon hairstyle for church, weddings, flower girls, award banquets, communions, Prom, Homecoming, or any other formal occasions.  Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, 4elastic hair bands, 4-6 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 5-7 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Happy Hairdoing!

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  • Heidi

    This does not work. I have plenty of length. Thin hair does not allow for styles. It does not go up and looks very bad when holding it up. It is a rat’s nest before even grabbing a bobby pin. The video itself, of course, is very beautiful.

    • Heidi

      I wanted to add that I did watch the video probably 9 times, and I messed with my hair about a half hour to do it. So I really tried hard. I have the drive. It just won’t work.

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  • katie

    love this hairstyle :) thanks Mindy for the videos love them

  • Cupcake

    can you do this on yourself?????

  • Jazmine

    I love your hairstyles:D they are soooooooo cute!!!! Thank you so much Mindy, Sean, and your girls( your son is adorable by the way:) he always makes me smile when you show him on camera)!!!!! I love your hairstyles so much, every time I do one of the hairstyles you show me, I always get comments on it!!!:) they are really cute, thank you so much:)

  • Anna K.

    Last one I swear! Please post a video of how to do this! :)

  • Anna K.

    One more hair style that I would love to see on video would be this :)

  • Anna K.

    Is there anyway you can make a video of how to do this? Its way cute and I would love to see this on your site! :)

  • Ava

    This is how I am doing my hair for my 5th grade dance tomorrow!!! Thank you.

  • Haley R.

    I am so using this for my eigth grade dance, I love it!

  • Kris

    I did this today with my daughter’s much shorter hair I teased the bottom of the pulled back hair, and also the lower pony, which doubled up the stuffing. She looks so elegant for her tea party today. Thank you.

  • Ellysha

    you should do that hairstyle, but with two snake braids instead of normal braids.
    have fun <3

  • S

    I love u and I love your hairstyles I am 13 years old and i have no hardness in doing these cute and girly hairstyles on MYSELF !!! I <3 U. U are really nice and you can be a very good role model for your daughters! and my mother wants to tell you that she likes this hairstyle the best!!

  • Haley

    I luv ur hairstyles!
    Keep em comin!!!!!!!

  • jeanette

    Did this one on my daughter (4y) She loved it.. Just to make it a little less formal (because of her age) I used some fake clip-on hair in fun collors for the braid.

    Super cute!

  • Abi

    What would work better with this, fiber gum or gel?? (I have thin hair and cant get it to stay)

  • natasha

    i did this on my daughter’s hair and 30 minutes later it was falling out :-( we’ll have to wait to do it again later

  • shiryn

    can i do that on my own?

  • Nikki

    That hair style looks awesome, my own little one’s hair is not long enough yet but I still like to look around and get great ideas for her.

  • Jen Bryner

    ok…i tried this just this morning and it didn’t work!! i did everything the same but i think my daughter’s hair is too thin. there wasn’t enough hair to cover the hair that was tucked inside. i was bummed it didn’t work :( nothing wrong the hairstyle!!! i’m sure it’s because her hair isn’t thick enough.

  • ilovemonkeys

    luv it!!!!!!!!!

  • Sher

    Gorgeous! My daughter will be thrilled to see the new do. Will have to try soon…like tomorrow!

  • Leia

    That was AWESOME! So easy! I can’t wait to try it on my long-haired friends!!