A low chignon with a little something extra


The chignon is eternally chic—and endlessly versatile. “This is a good day-to-night look, no matter what you’re doing,” hairstylist Laura Polko says of the low style she created for RHW. “If you have an important meeting at work, this is very polished. If you’re going out for drinks at night, it works, too.” Here, she shares her insider styling tricks that give this classic style a modern feel.

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To create a foundation of pure sleekness and shine, Polko dried RHW’s hair with a staple of her kit: her T3 Cura LUXE dryer. Next, she created a center part. “I like to have a little of the hair on the forehead,” she says. “That way, it looks more elegant and sexy. If a low hairstyle is too far back, it can look too exposed.”


Using a Mason Pearson brush, Polko gathered RHW’s hair into a low ponytail. Here, its positioning roughly two inches above the hairline proved crucial. “If you place the ponytail too low, the bun will sag,” she explains.

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"This is a good day-to-night look, no matter what you're doing."

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Polko reached for her T3 SinglePass LUXE styling iron, then went over the hair in the ponytail just one time. For grip, she added a fine misting of hairspray before separating the hair into three sections and beginning to braid. “As you’re braiding, each section should be cohesive, smooth, and polished,” she says. “Don’t twist the section to give it more life or make it messy—the smoothness is important to the look.” After braiding to the end, she secured the plait with an elastic.


Polko mixed a “cocktail” of styling paste and hairspray in her hands before wrapping the braid counter-clockwise around the base of the ponytail. Hair pins provided structure for the bun. The final touch: Polko gently smoothed the remainder of her styling cocktail along RHW’s part to minimize flyaways and leave nothing but a sleek, chic finish.

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Makeup artist Nikki deRoest created a warm, glimmering eye with her own Róen Beauty Summer Disco Eye Sparkle. For blush, she dappled RHW’s cheeks with Flesh Swipe Flesh Lip Color in Puffy, a rosy pink. After outlining lips with bareMinerals Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liner in Borderline, she added Shiseido Crystal Gel Gloss atop Rosie’s lips for a clear sheen.

Top: Alberta Ferretti. Pant: Alberta Ferretti. Earring: Jil Sander.

Photographed by Ford  |  Hair by Laura Polko   |   Makeup by Nikki DeRoest   |   Styling by Melissa Espinoza |   Words by Annie Tomlin

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