Step 1: Smooth your hair into a very low ponytail (about 3 or 4 inches above an elastic that matches your hair color). I think this style looks best when your hair is recently washed and straight.
Step 2: Swoop the loose ponytail up and to one side of your head.
Step 3: Take the elastic to the other side of your head, as if you were wrapping a bun.
Step 4: Keep wrapping the bun until the elastic is covered but keep the tail poking out to one side.
Step 5: Pin! If you have them, use hair pins instead of bobby pins to secure this very loose chignon. I used 9 pins the first time and 6 the second time I wore it. The beauty of this style is, it should look a bit undone and there isn't a perfect way to pin it.
Step 6: Here's the completed chignon. Make sure it stays in place as you move your head.
I also tried it with a gold, bowed headband because this style definitely requires some flair. Whatever you already have will work.
This chignon should be loose and a bit messy with the tail sticking out to one side. The do is a mix of classy and effortless and can be easily customized with different headgear.