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How to Create a Perfect Ballerina Bun

We all know that neat bun is essential to a ballet class. Not only is it practical, by keeping hair out of your face and making it easier to spot more quickly, but it also gives you a very professional-ballerina-vibe. I know what your thinking: “Buns are so boring! I want to stand out!” Trust me, there are plenty of ways to spice up a boring bun while still maintaining a professional look!

Before we get into anything fancy, it’s important that you know how to do a basic bun. After that, you’ll be able to add whatever flair you like!

Step 1: Create a Neat Ponytail


I like to wet my hair a little before I begin this step. First, lightly mist your hair with some water, then brush it until it’s nice and smooth. You can place your ponytail high or low depending on where you want your bun to be. After you create your ponytail, it’s a good idea to spray down any fly-aways wish some hairspray, or pin back larger pieces of hair with snap-clips or bobby pins.

Step 2: Do the Twist!


Next, you’re going to take your ponytail, divide it in in two, and twist the two pieces. Then, begin to spiral the first hair twist towards the base of the ponytail, securing it with hairpins or bobby pins along the way. Begin wrapping the the second twist of hair around the first and secure it with bobby pins. This method of creating two twists makes it easier to make a flat bun for thick hair and make a fuller looking bun for thin hair. 

Step 3: Secure with Bobby Pins or Hair Pins


What is the difference between a bobby pin and a hair pin? That’s a great question! Bobby pins are more tightly clamped together than hair pins. Bobby pins have more of an ‘I’ shape whereas hair pins have more of a ‘U’ shape. One is not better than the other, it just depends on your preference.

If you’re using bobby pins, you’ll need to slightly open the pin and slide it into the bun, so it secures a little hair from the bun to hair on your head. Repeat this step with as many pins as you need going around the bun.

If you’re using hairpins, use the pointed end of the pin to grab a little bit of hair from the edge of the bun, pull it towards the hair on your head, and push the pin into the base of the bun. Continue this with a few more pins until you feel your bun is secure.

Tips, Tricks, and Other Fancy Stuff!

After you create your bun, shake your head back and forth a few times. If it feels like it’s not super secure, add more bobby pins! You can never use too many bobby pins!


Add a hairnet if pieces of hair are sticking out of your bun. Twist the hairnet over your bun a couple times, and then secure it with a few bobby pins.

A flat bun is better than a doorknob bun! A flat bun has a neater, more professional look, and it also makes you more aerodynamic, so you can spot faster. To make your bun flatter, spiral your hair more loosely so that it does not overlap.

Braid part of your hair as an accent for your bun!

Add decorative clips, a bun wrap, or a headband as a quick and easy way to spice up your bun!

With just these three steps you can make a nice and neat ballerina bun! I know it may be hard at first, but after some practice, you’ll be able to put your hair in a bun no problem. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try creative ways to give your bun some spark and personality!


Tell us how you show your personality in your bun! Pictures of creative bun ideas may be featured in future posts!