SHINING CHIGNON

If your winter season is typically overflowing with events, parties, get-togethers, and shin-digs, these can be great excuses to shake up your look with shimmering holiday style! Student stylist from the Aveda Institute Winnipeg, Kaitlyn Rheault’s fusion rope braid/chignon is a surprisingly simple and super chic way to infuse your look with a little sparkle in no time, and a shining example of how to turn heads wherever your plans might take you.

The Steps

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1. Prep

Prepare the hair with Volumizing Tonic at roots for hold and grit. Then spray Texture Tonic on mid-lengths and ends- the Epsom salts give the hair great texture and sugar cane adds a beautiful shine. Blow dry the product into the hair.

 

2. Part & Curl

Create a deep side part, then begin curling all of the hair.

 
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3. Start Braiding

Start a rope braid from the front hairline, picking up hair as you go.

 
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4. Close the Braid

Tie off the rope braid with a small elastic at the center back of the head.

 
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5. Secure the Braid

Pin rope braid into place with bobby pins.

 
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6. Tying up the "Loose Ends"

Take a small section at the front on the other side and begin lightly backcombing. Smooth out this section and gently stretch backward and pin to the side. Begin taking small sections of hair and twisting the section, once you have created the twist hold it by the ends and slide the hair upwards.

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7. Finishing Touches

Lightly cover the hair with Air Control hairspray, and finish the look with a spritz of Brilliant Spray-On Shine for some holiday shimmer.

 
  The Tools:  Comb, Sectioning clips, Blow-dryer, Curling iron, Mini elastics, Bobby pins, Backcombing brush   The Products:  Volumizing Tonic, Texture Tonic, Air Control, Brilliant Spray-On Shine

The Tools: Comb, Sectioning clips, Blow-dryer, Curling iron, Mini elastics, Bobby pins, Backcombing brush

The Products: Volumizing Tonic, Texture Tonic, Air Control, Brilliant Spray-On Shine

 

The Tools: Comb, Sectioning clips, Blow-dryer, Curling iron, Mini elastics, Bobby pins, Backcombing brush

The Products: Volumizing Tonic, Texture Tonic, Air Control, Brilliant Spray-On Shine

 

“Doing upstyles is one of my favourite things to do when it comes to hair. I love doing this upstyle because it looks like an intricate bun that might have been hard to do, but really it's quite simple, looks very elegant and is a great look for the holidays. I'm a student from the July class and will be graduating in March 2018. I moved to Winnipeg from New Brunswick specifically for this program, and have to say that I'm glad that I did. Aveda Institute Winnipeg has given me the skills and confidence in order to be successful in a future career in hair. Aveda has been my home away from home, the educators and staff are so kind and caring which makes AIW a beautiful place to be.”

Kaitlyn Rheault - Aveda Institute Winnipeg

Follow her on Instagram! @kaitlyndoescheveux