It’s the most wonderful time of the year for style mavens: AWARDS SEASON. And after last night’s SAG awards, we’ve got plenty of inspiration — like how to wear stripes to a high-profile event or use Sophia Bush’s trick for using lipstick as eyeshadow. Claire Foy, who won Best Television Series Actress in a Drama for The Crown, stunned in the prettiest chignon last night, and her hairstylist is spilling the secrets on how to get the look.
“Claire’s Valentino dress was very lovely and intricate. I wanted to edge it up a little and give the hair an editorial, runway feel,” Jillian Halouska tells Brit + Co. “She’s always down to try new styles, and I had been planning with her makeup artist and stylist for about a week. The final look was an effortless, young and chic chignon.”
Here’s how you can recreate the look, step by step.
First, center part your hair (it should be damp) and apply a smoothing product (Jillian used Blowout Skinny Queen by Matrix) before blowing dry. Take out the pieces of your hair right in front of your ears, twist and blast with the dryer.
Add grip and definition with a texturizer like Matrix’s Over Achiever, then pull everything (minus the two front bits you’ve already twisted back) into a low ponytail.
To form the chignon, separate the ponytail into three parts like you’re about to do a braid. Instead of a braid, coil the three pieces around each other and pin them into a chignon. Don’t worry about perfection. This look thrives on mussed-up hair and a casual shape.
Finally, you’ll need those pretty face-framing bangs to finish your look. Take your front-twirled bits and tuck them loosely behind your ears. If there are extra-long pieces, you can take those and pin them back, as well. Then finish the look with an oil mist to keep hair looking healthy all night. Lock it all in with a hairspray and you’re ready to hit the red carpet.
Will you attempt to recreate the look yourself? Let us know how it goes @BritandCo!
(Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez, Emma McIntyre, Frazer Harrison/Getty)