Make a Perfect Ballerina Bun

Ballerinas getting ready for dancing in studio
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Dampen Hair

Ballet dancer tying hair in bun in studio
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A ballerina bun hairstyle might look complicated, but it's actually quite simple to 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 your hair is only slightly damp. You don't want it to be dripping because it will be slippery and hard to work with.

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Brush Hair

Ballet bun smoothe hair
Smoothe hair. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Make a Ponytail

Ballet bun ponytail
Secure with elastic. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Smoothe Ponytail

Ballet bun smoothe ponytail
Smoothe ponytail. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Twist the Ponytail

Ballet bun twist
Twist ponytail. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Wrap Hair Around Base

Ballet bun wrap
Wrap around base. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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.
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Tuck Hair Ends Under Base

Ballet bun tuck
Tuck ends. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Secure with Hair Pins

Ballet bun secure
Secure with pins. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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Spray Hair

Ballet bun spray hair
Spray bun. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Now that your bun is in place, ensure that no stray hairs will escape as you dance. Lightly spray your bun and surrounding hair with hairspray to secure the hairstyle.

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Ballerina Bun

Ballet bun
Finished bun. Photo © 2008 Treva Bedinghaus, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Your ballerina bun is now complete. Your hair is neat and ready to withstand as much dancing as you need to do. Smile...you have made the perfect ballerina bun.