How to Make a Ballet Bun

Dampen Hair
A ballerina bun hairstyle might look complicated, but it’s actually quite simple do achieve. As long as your hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail, making a bun should be easy. It may take a little practice but your hair will be ballet-ready in no time.
You will begin by combing out your hair, making sure to brush out any existing knots or tangles. Then, lightly dampen your hair by spritzing with a spray bottle of water or by smoothing down hair with wet hands or a comb. Make sure you hair is only slightly damp. You don’t want it to be dripping because it will be slippery and hard to work with.

Brush Hair

The next step is to brush all of your hair back. Using a hair brush, smooth the hair back neatly. Make sure there are no stray hairs in your face, as a ballerina needs to look neat and tidy.

Make a Ponytail

Next, secure your hair tightly into a high ponytail using an elastic ponytail holder. You want the ponytail to be tight in order to finish with a tight bun, so wrap the elastic several times, depending on the thickness of your hair. Position the ponytail on your head wherever you want the finished bun to be located.

Smooth Ponytail

Now, using a brush or a comb, smooth all loose hairs of the ponytail. Grasp the ponytail with one hand and brush the hair with the other. The hair needs to be completely smooth in order to make a neat and tidy bun.

Twist the Ponytail

Next, twist the entire ponytail into a tight rope. You will need to use both hands for this step. Make sure all of your hair is included in the twist.

Wrap Hair Around Base

Now, start making your bun. Begin wrapping your hair rope tightly around the base of the ponytail. You’ll want the twist to be tight against your head, so continue twisting your hair as you wrap it around. (you may add bobbi pins at this time as you wrap around)

Tuck Hair Ends Under Base

Now that your hair is twisted into a bun, tuck the ends into the ponytail base. You want your bun to look as neat as possible, so make sure you tuck in all of the loose ends.

Secure with Hair & Bobbi Pins

You are almost finished! The next step is to secure your bun with hair or bobby pins. Make sure to incorporate a bit of hair from the bun as well as your head into each hair pin. This will ensure the bun stays put while you are dancing. If your hair is extra thick or long, you will need to use several pins. Start at the top and make your way around, placing the pins all the way around the base of the bun.