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How to do chic bridal chignons like the iconic Audrey Hepburn

16 OCTOBER 2012

Soft twisted chignons, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn's stylish up-dos, were woven into the catwalks of New York and Paris this season.

Neat, chic and positively timeless, this intricate hairstyle will leave you looking no less than a star on your big day.

 

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To get the look, begin by smoothing a glossy serum through blow-dried hair to make sure it's as easy to work with as possible before pulling neatly together and fixing in a high-ponytail.

Wrap a small strap of hair around the place where the band has been fixed so that only hair is visible. Then, lightly backcomb the pieces closest to the crown of your head and add strength and volume with a mattifying wax dust such as Toni and Guy's Casual Sculpting Powder.

Divide your hair into at least five sections and, starting at the tip of your hair, roll up each part and pin from beneath into your bun. But, make sure you fan out the sides of each curl to create a full and glamorous effect.

Simply finish with a spritz of strong-hold hairspray to make sure your bridal look remains perfect even after the reception.

 

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This is a fantastic, elegant style for long thick hair but for those with a shorter crop, don't despair. It's easy to find natural looking extensions on the market in a variety of shades. These can be sewn into your regular hair whilst fixed into a bun to add extra layers of detail.

If you're still yearning after a more elaborate do, add height and volume with flowers or ribbons. But to keep it subtle like Audrey, always remember to use clear bands and pins for fixing your crown into place.

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