A step-by step guide to making the perfect Ballet Bun.
Girls in all ballet classes must wear their hair in a neat and tidy classical bun. The Ballet Bun keeps hair from flying in a dancer’s face. It also creates a clean, elegant line for the dancer.
Follow these steps to make the perfect bun.
- Hairspray or gel
- Hair pins
- Thin bobble
- Comb and brush
- Hair net – ideally the same colour as hair this is a fine net with elastic edges
How to Make a Ballet Bun
Gather the hair and pull it back into a ponytail. Apply hair gel if you need more control over the hair. Form a pony tail by brushing the hair up from the jaw line to the top part of the back of the head. This will form a high bun. The placement of the ponytail determines the placement of the bun.
A tidy ponytail with hair drawn snugly back is the key to making a good ballet bun.
Twist the ponytail.
Coil the twisted ponytail into a tight circle.
Use hair pins all around the coil to secure it to the rest of the hair. Slide each pin through the outer part of the coil, then into the base of the bun.
Wrap a fine hair net around the bun. Keep twisting and wrapping so that the hair net tightly secures the bun. Add a few more pins if necessary.
With long thick hair, you may end up with a bun that will protrude too much. A flatter bun is preferable. To flatten, remove all pins; the hair net will hold the bun. Then flatten the bun and re-pin all around the bun.
The finished Ballet Bun – ready for dancing!