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One of the hottest updos at the Oscars was a low lying, loose bun called a chignon. This style, worn by Naomi Watts, Jennifer Garner and Michelle Williams on the red carpet, is a perfect choice for those who like their prom hairstyles to look sophisticated but not over the top.
While this prom hairstyle does require some talented fingers it can be done at home if you or a friend is savvy with styling hair. This hairstyle works best on medium length, slightly layered hair. To create your own version of Naomi Watt's chignon simply blow dry damp hair that had a volumizing or curl enhancing mousse applied to it. Use your hands to scrunch hair while drying which will boost any natural wave you may have. Once dry, take the back and sides of the hair and place in a loose side pony tail. Don't get too tight with the elastic, instead wrap the elastic around the hair once or twice and then use bobby pins to secure the elastic to the head.
Now wrap any longer sections around the base of the pony tail, pinning as you go, to create a soft bun. Don't forget to leave some shorter layers out which can then be touched up with a curling iron. The idea here is a casual chic so don't fret too much about getting this updo perfect...just make sure you pin it well!