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Pillow Bun

THE LOOK

This elegant yet restrained chignon is perfect for formal occasions. It’s a classic updo, yet the volume you achieve gives this style a sense of adventure. The bun is designed to sit flat on your neckline or low on the back of your head, but you can also wear it higher up for more impact.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Because this chignon has a large, flat surface area, you have a lot of space to play with. Try adding flowers or an embellished appliqué (available from craft stores) pinned into the bun. Hair sticks or a large brooch would also work well in this updo. If you’re wearing this style as a bride, it offers a perfect place to position the veil.

TRY THIS

Depending on how much you backcomb the filler of this chignon, you can create a fuller or tighter pillow bun. A fuller bun would be lovely for a wedding and is easier to accessorize. A tighter bun makes this style more versatile for everyday wear, such as going to work.

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Top : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Kayley Heeringa.
Bottom : Hairstyling, photography, and modeling by Abby Smith/Twist Me Pretty.

HOW TO GET IT PILLOW BUN

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Brush
  • 2 hair elastics
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray

1). Brush your hair and make a half ponytail by gathering a section of hair from either side of your head. Secure with a hair elastic and leave a gap in the center of your hair.

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2). Backcomb your half ponytail. This will create the volume and “stuffing” for the inside of your pillow bun.

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3). Gather the rest of your hair into a low ponytail. Secure it with a hair elastic a few inches from the ends of your hair.

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4). Bring the lower ponytail up and thread it through the gap in the half ponytail, then tuck it into the gap in the center of the low ponytail.

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5). Fan your hair out to form the chignon and tuck the ends of your hair inside the bun. Check that the chignon is even and secure with bobby pins at the top and sides. Finish with hairspray to hold this style in place.

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TOP TIP : Use a little hairspray on your comb when you tease your ponytail to make sure the volume stays. Use a stronghold hairspray, but make sure it’s one that dries matte. Also check the proportions of your chignon from as many angles as possible when you’re fanning out the bun (step 5).

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