The majority of us don't have our own glam squads on speed dial, which is why it's always nice when we notice a popular red carpet hairdo that's, well, doable. Or better yet, when it passes our 30-second test and is versatile enough to work at a cocktail party as well as the airport (#blessed).
An easy chignon ticks all of these boxes—and it happens to be an A-list go-to lately. And while there are slight variations from celeb to celeb, the chic detail they all have in common is a defined center part. It may seem inconsequential, but it's a subtle way to keep the style from veering too sloppy.
Want to see what we mean? Keep reading for six examples.
An ultra-sleek variety is perfect for more-formal occasions—not to mention an easy remedy for dirty hair. Comb in a liberal amount of Sachajuan's Straight & Shine Spray ($33) before knotting your hair at the nape of your neck.
Growing out your bangs? Add this to your arsenal of styling ideas. (The best part is that it requires no effort—not an easy feat in that awkward in-between phase.)
Notice how J.Law's center part ends just an inch or two back from her forehead? This subtle detail gives the style a more retro look. After dividing out two sections in the front, spray some volumizing spray (like R + Co's Dallas Thickening Spray, $28) to the rest of your hair and comb it back, leaving a little lift at the roots.
As the singer demonstrates, an artfully disheveled 'do can still be red carpet appropriate. The trick is to use hair spray to keep frizz and flyaways at bay so the overall look is still put-together.
Don't neglect the little things, including the size and style of your knot: You might opt for Ciara's cool looped style, for example, or J.Law's larger, Old Hollywood take. But we're also fans of the classic twist, à la Gigi.
But in the end, don't overthink it—especially on mornings when you're already scrambling to get out the door. A loose hair here and there just adds to the devil-may-care vibe of the chignon. (It's so very French.)
Which take on the center-parted chignon is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!