Messy Chignon, step by step


The timeless elegance of chignon is proved to be the strongest trend of the season. With the guidance of the ambassador of Kerastase and hair expert Stamatis Karaiskos, we discover the simplest as well as its messy version.

By Evi Georgiou

The untamed side of chignon was presented at the catwalks of Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Isabel Marant and Dolce & Gabbana. Chignon, as seen in the top catwalks, is now looser and more carefree breaking the strict symmetry of classic. Aiming to create this powerful trend ourselves, we learned all the secrets and tips from the always updated hair expert Stamatis Karaiskos. We visited him in his atmospheric and minimalist room Sadhu hair, at Kastella, where he revealed step by step that the absolute definition of elegance requires neither particular technique nor great effort. Chignon is easy, chic, elegant and the best of all: Stamatis adapted it to medium length hair! The result was a deconstructed “banana” in just 4 steps that definitely makes an impression from morning till night.

At first, we prepare and hydrate the hair with the shampoo and the nourishing mask of Kerastase, Therapiste. Healthy, shiny hair is a basic requirement for every impressive look.

In the second step, we use the Materialiste from roots to tips on freshly washed and slightly dried out hair. It’s the ultimate product to give volume to even the thinnest hair. We dry the hair freely with our fingers or the hair dryer diffuser. The volume and the movement that you will have, look really impressive.

Then, once we have divided the hair into two parts with a straight parting in the middle, we just pull the hair on the left side from the front to the back of the head and we fasten it with bobby pins, leaving the length to abound. We wriggle the left part with the hair of the right side that is free, all to the side where the bobby pins are and we secure it freely with hairpins or bobby pins, forming a loose bun. The key to this casual chignon is the hair not to show “rigged” and neatly cut, and to allow any little hairs that frame our face to be free.

To finish this hairstyle, we “crinkle” gently both sides of the front hair with our fingers and liberate the little hairs around the face so that the hairstyle looks even more organic and natural, as Stamatis points out. To stabilize and extend the perfect grip in this lovely look we use a spray for flexible hold. We tried out and recommend you the ” Spray couture styling “of Kerastase that is perfect.

More about Stamatis

Stamatis Karaiskos is an internationally renowned hairstylist and owner of Sadhu hair in Piraeus. He is the first “K Ambassador” of Kerastase in Greece and artistic director of the Haute Coiffure Greece, known for the high quality, the unique style and his ability to create trends.

Credits Photography: Tommy Papadimitriou Make up: Anastasia Stavrou Hair: Stamatis Karaiskos Sadhu Hair Akti kountouriotou & Ouilsonos 29, Kastella Pireaus 18534