This past Saturday I attended a Beauty Blogger Workshop hosted by Bellus Academy. The event had tutorials for hair, makeup, and nails, all of which provided me with some useful tips and tricks.
One of my favorite tutorials (by Erik Thrane) was the Figure 8 Chignon with a side-swept french braid in the front. It's a classic chignon, but delicate and versatile. P.S - the key for this look is loose and messy. Let a few pieces fall out. Make it look like you took a nap, and "woke up like this".
1. Brush out any knots or tangles in your hair using your brush.
2. Part your hair in three sections with your comb: one section in the front for your fishtail braid, and two sections low in the back. Pin the first section away from your face while you work on the chignon. For the chignon, hold your hair in two separate, unsecured pony tails. Hold one pony tail in one hand and one pony tail in the other.
3. Smooth out your hair so it looks smooth and tie the two sections of hair together in a loose knot as if you were loosely tying your shoelaces. Make sure you keep the two end sections distinct after the knot has been tied.
4. Wrap one section of the hair from the right side around the base of the chignon (just above the loose knot). Pin securely in place using your bobby pins.
5. Wrap the opposite section of hair from the left side around the base of the chignon similar to the previous step. Pin securely in place using your bobby pins.
6. Finish up by spritzing the chignon and the rest of your hair with a light misting of hairspray.
7. For the front french braid, section this portion of hair into three even strands, keeping them separated with your fingers. Start a normal braid; take the right strand and cross it over the middle strand. Next, take the left strand and cross it over the middle strand.
8. Once you have this small foundation braid, begin adding more hair with each crossover. To do this, gather a small bit of hair from the hairline, add it to the rightmost strand, and then cross it over the middle strand. Pull it tight, but tug at the pieces for a loose, effortless look. Repeat on the other side.
9. Once all the hair is incorporated, finish the look by pinning the braid in underneath the chignon. Secure with bobby pins.