Cannes 2012: the best chignons
Known as THE smartest hairstyle, the chignon was one again in the spotlight on the red carpet at the Cannes Festival. Doutzen Kroes, Kristen Stewart, Bianca Balti, Eva Longoria ... They all succumbed to the charm of this timeless, iconic hair-do.
Originally a male hairstyle, the chignon was worn by German tribes (suevites), as well as in India, China or even Japan. To this day, it is not exclusive to women as many Indian men still sport it, especially Sikhs.
The male chignon has also made recent red carpet appearances! Tom Sturridge, who played Carlo Marx in the film "On the Road," sported a mini-chignon when he walked the 2012 Cannes red carpet with co-star Kristen Stewart.
From sensible to sexy
In the west, the chignon was first thought of as a shy and sensible hairstyle. However, over the years it has become unexpectantly sexy.
By wearing it higher up, leaving out a few loose locks, embellishing it with a fringe or other locks, the chignon is now hugely desirable, and is a perfect match to a sexy outfit.
The stars love it
The beautiful Eva Longoria, who often sports a low chignon, chose to wear it high up, with a nice lock falling across her forehead. Megan Gale, more rock'n'roll, went for a double rockabilly banana, which really stood out on the red carpet. Pretty Li Bingbing took a minimalist approach by choosing a low chignon with her straightened hair pulled back. Kirsten Dunst opted for an adorable romantic chignon dotted with pastel flowers, which was a perfect combination with her blonde hair.
Between modern and classic, this hairstyle has been displayed in many shapes and sizes, all as original as one another. Admire the best chignons from the 65th Cannes Festival.