Chignon Chic

 

chignonLike their wine, cheese, fashion and Johnny Hallyday, the French take their chignon very seriously. Before moving to France, I had assumed that a chignon was a fancy word for “bun”- the hair pulled back into a band, and then pinned under to make, well… a bun. It wasn’t until I started phoning hair salons in Paris for a friend who wanted to have her hair done for a wedding that I realized how naive I had been. The moment that I would tell the salon receptionist that I needed a chignon, her tone would immediately change, “Non! Zayre ees nobody who can do chignon here.”, or, “C’est pas possible, Pierre is zee only one who can do chignon and Thursdays ees his day off!” That was my first clue that a chignon a la française is a whole other ball game.

Bombéetressénéo-romantiquedécoiffé or banane, the names of styles of the French chignon are as elaborate as the many variations of the style itself.

>more

2 Responses to “Chignon Chic” »»

  1. Comment by Chris | 03/27/09 at 12:06 pm

    Well I guess it reall is true that you lean some new everyday. I had similar thoughts to youself, I guess when somthing is really important to ones culture, then multiple words are used to explain it. I think I remember reading somewhere that eskimos have 20 different words for ice..

  2. Comment by Chris | 03/27/09 at 12:06 pm

    Well I guess it reall is true that you lean some new everyday. I had similar thoughts to youself, I guess when somthing is really important to ones culture, then multiple words are used to explain it. I think I remember reading somewhere that eskimos have 20 different words for ice..

Leave a Reply »»