13 June 2017


A chignon is a popular type of hairstyle. The word "chignon" comes from the French phrase "chignon du cou", which means nape of the neck.

The chignon can be traced back to ancient Greece, where Athenian women commonly wore the style with gold or ivory handcrafted hairpins. Athenian men wore the style as well, but they fastened their chignons with a clasp of "golden grasshoppers", according to The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides. The chignon was specific to Athens, as other city states, such as Sparta and Cyprus, had their own style of hairdressing. The chignon was also popular in ancient China, where married women wore the low, knotted hairstyle.
Image cropped for size from the original; credit Jenna Drudi, via the link.


  1. So all the people using this hairstyle are appropriating the culture of the Greeks?

  2. Horrid pose. Looks like she's got a big, ghastly-gray tongue sticking out.



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