Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Chignon, a French word denoting primarily the nape of the neck, and then used to denote the roll of back hair of women, arranged with or without padding at the back of the neck. This arrangement of hair was prevalent about twenty years ago in England, but like other fashions it became exaggerated; the hideous masses of artificial padded hair offended all taste by their monstrosity, and the fashion was abandoned.