Today’s hair tutorial for a messy side swept chignon is actually a twofer because I’ve also included a quick tutorial for my new favorite statement piece… a copper DIY hair accessory that I am completely into. Hope you will be too.
Here’s the story… I’ve been seeing giant metal circles popping up a lot lately in jewelry (here, here, and here) and love the minimal look. So, I decided to create a simple hair clip version that works perfectly with any updo.
Bonus! It costs less than $5 to make your own. AND looks great glammed up with a fancy dress (even for a wedding) or dressed down with a more casual outfit. Thumbs up in my book!
Once we had the hair accessory down, Rachel worked her magic on the hair tutorial to create something that totally compliments the copper clip. Let’s start with the messy chignon hair tutorial…
This messy chignon works great for second day hair. But if you’ve just washed your hair or don’t have much texture you can add a texturizing spray just as easily. We used Kenra dry texture spray, which is available on Amazon.
1. Secure your hair in a low pony at the nape of your neck, slightly to one side to have room for your hair accessory.
2. Lightly tease your pony (not very much, you don’t want it to look teased) and split it into two sections.
3. Loosely wrap your first section and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same with your second section, wrapping it around the already pinned hair and secure with a bobby pin creating a “bun” shape, adding extra bobby pins where needed to secure your hair.
4. Finish off with your DIY hair accessory. Tutorial below for how to make your own.
Materials for DIY Copper Statement Hair Accessory
- 2 7/8 inch copper round (the exact one I used in available on Amazon)
- alligator clip, like this one
- super glue
This is super easy! Just add a generous amount of super glue to the back of an alligator clip, attach it to the copper round, and let it dry according to the instructions on the super glue bottle. So easy!
Hair and photography by Rachel Brewer
Modeling by Amelia Tatnall
What do you think? Are you a fan of this minimal look?
P.S. Those copper rounds can be used for lots of other things too…necklaces, earrings, even shoe clips. I already made a necklace version and may share that DIY at some point too, if you’re interested. Just let me know. 🙂