the look of love – elegance


If you’ve got a glamorous dinner date planned, look no further than the side chignon. French for ‘nape of the neck’, this style has graced the red carpet countless times and although it looks impressive it’s deceivingly simple to achieve.


Step 1: Start with damp hair and apply 3 pumps of a finishing gloss. This will smoothen your hair, making it easier to brush through and style. Next, blow-dry your hair and choose between straight, curly or wavy locks to begin. This will suit any hair type so the choice is yours!

Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss – RRP:$54.95

Step 2: Once your hair is styled as you desire, part your hair to one side so it sweeps across your face. Then, if you want a smooth finish, use a paddle brush and comb your hair to the side that it is sweeping towards. Secure it in a ponytail at the nape of your neck with a snag-free elastic. If you want a textured chignon, simply use your fingers to comb it across.

GHD Paddle Brush – RRP $34

Step 3: Next, separate your ponytail into two sections, twist each portion and then tie them in a knot. If you have long hair, you may want to knot your hair twice. The finishing gloss will work wonders here, making it easier to part, twist and tie your hair without flyaways.

Step 4: Once your hair is knotted, take the ends of your hair and wrap them around the ‘knot bun’ that you have just created. Secure the ends with as many bobby pins as necessary. You may want to disperse the ends of your hair and pin them to create a fuller, more textured look.

Step 5: Lastly, secure or smoothen any unruly strands. You may want to loosely pull parts of your fringe out of the chignon to frame your face. Once your chignon is looking exactly how you’d like it, finish off with a strong-hold, lightweight hairspray to ensure that it stays beautiful all night long.

Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray – RRP: $52

With this elegant look, you’re sure to wow your man this Valentine’s Day! Not sure if you can nail this look yourself? Pop into a salon and let us do the hard work for you 🙂

… Too formal for your V-Day plans? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s love inspired style.

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