FALL 09: Michelle Obama and The Chignon Ponytail

October 5, 2015

The First Lady Michelle Obama is holding her title for being a fashion icon. For this whole month of August, she’s been photo’d relaxed and wearing one of the top Fall 2009-2010 hair trends, the chignon ponytail.

The Obama’s on a week-long vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts which began August 23, 2009

The ponytail is such a common hairstyle, one that many people wear on any given occasion, it’s almost hard to say that it’s being worn because it’s a current trend. So, for those who do wear them on a regular basis, it’s safe to say that you can now wear them without feeling guilty for not styling your hair.

President Barack Obama and his family, including mother-in-law Marian Robinson, First Lady Michelle and daughter Malia, walk to Marine One as they depart the White House August 1, 2009 headed to Camp David for a weekend visit.

The world watches hard, both critically and in admiration, on what Michelle wears and how she styles her hair. I’m surprised that there’s not a great debate going on about whether or not her ponytail is appropriate. If you haven’t noticed, her daughter Sasha is wearing one also.

President Barack Obama returns to the White House with his family including daughters Sasha, Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama August 17, 2009.

The Chignon Ponytail – Fall 2009

A chignon is a simple style for anyone with medium-to-long hair. It can be achieved in three easy steps:

1) Pull the hair back into a low base ponytail, 2) twist the hair of the ponytail, 3) wrap the twisted hair around the ponytail holder and secure with pins. For a younger look, let ends stick out.

The braided updo is another classic Fall 2009 ponytail trend – see which celebrities are wearing them, and how you can achieve one by starting here.