Trend to try: Modern chignons

17th Jul 17 | Beauty

We break down how to recreate the chic chignons from Guo Pei's couture show.

Guo Pei model

Guo Pei's fashion show at Paris Couture Week was a visual feast.

But it wasn't just the embroidered gowns and metallic fabrics that grabbed attention, as models had their tresses styled into elegant knots and coils, a modern take on the classic updo.

To complement the models' dewy make-up, hairstylist Stephen Low from ELSL Management and Neville Hair & Beauty Salon opted to give them structured chignons placed at the nape of the neck,

He first prepped the hair with L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Architect and then sectioned the hair into four pieces; lower crown to nape, sides and hairline to crown.

Taking a comb, Stephen then backcombed the root from the nape to the crown, brushing gently to avoid giving the strands too much volume.

"Fold the ends of the hair inwards to create a loop and secure with elastic," he told Cover Media. "Then tuck the loop under to create a roll and secure at nape with pins and grips."

The hairstylist then spritzed the style with L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray in Medium Hold to slick the sides back and secure at lower crown.

"Split the remaining hair into three sections and tong hair inwards towards the face. Using a brush loosen the curl into a wave and loosely secure into a pin curl using grips," he explained.

But not all models wore the same style, and Stephen also gave some of the girls a simpler version. To create the look, he blow-dried the hair straight using a medium round bristle brush, before giving the locks a spritz with medium hold hairspray and tying it into a ponytail at the base of the neck and securing with an elastic.

"Attach a hairnet to cover length, folding the net up towards the nape," he explained. "Leave a small section to wrap around and conceal elastic, before securing with grips."

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