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Steal the look: The low chignon

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

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Looking to adapt red carpet styles to your next special occasion? The low chignon would be a great fit as it emulates the hairstyle of a recent Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer, and Hollywood favorite, Charlize Theron.

Charlize Theron wearing a low chignon

Step 1: Get your hair ready with a dime-size amount of your favorite nourishing leave-in treatment and apply (we're fans of Farouk Royal Treatment Pearl Complexfrom mid-shaft to ends. Curl the hair. (We tried this using the 1-inch CHI Digital Ceramic Orbit Curler.)

Step 2: Using the top of your head as a point of reference, section your hair into three sections from the top of your head to behind your ears on both sides, leaving the back loose.

Step 3: Gather all your hair from the back section slightly off center and create a ponytail.

Step 4: Starting at your ends, gently roll the top half of the ponytail up into a "pin curl." Secure with bobby pins on both sides.

Step 5: Repeat the previous step with the bottom half of the ponytail, but roll under instead of up.

Step 6: Gently smooth the left side section with your fingertips, pull back and lace around your two secured sections. Pin underneath.

Step 7: Gently smooth the right section with your fingertips, pull back and twist. Lace around the two secured sections and pin underneath.

Step 8: Lightly spray the hair and smooth any flyaways.

Voila! How do you like your new look? Do you feel red carpet ready?

More celebrity looks

Kristen Wiig's 2012 Oscar hair/makeup
Get the look: Kelly Ripa's 2012 Oscar chignon
Tina Fey's 2012 Oscar hair

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