How to Make a Ballet Bun


Girls in all ballet classes must wear their hair in a neat and tidy classical bun or pinned up so hair does not obscure the neckline or get in the students' eyes. 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:

Materials List

  • Hairspray or hair gel
  • Hair pins (thicker type with plastic tips)
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic band
  • Comb & brush (fine tooth comb preferable)
  • Hair net (fine net with elastic edges - same colour as hair)

Step 1

ballet bun step 1

To start the process, wet your hands and the hair with water. This will give you better control over the hair. Gather the hair and pull it back. Apply hair gel if you need more control over the hair.

Step 2

ballet bun step 2

Use a hair brush to smooth out rough or uneven areas. 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 pony tail determines the placement of the bun. Mid and low buns are sometimes used with short hair. Very short hair can be done in two low side buns, or use hair clips to fasten the hair down without a bun.

Step 3

ballet bun step 3

Use an elastic hair band to secure the pony tail. A tidy pony tail with hair drawn snugly back is the key to making a good ballet bun.

Step 4

ballet bun step 4

Apply more water or gel to keep the hair neat, and twist the pony tail.

Step 5

ballet bun step 5

Coil the pony tail into a tight circle.

Step 6

ballet bun step 6

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.

Step 7

ballet bun step 7

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.

Step 8

ballet bun step 8

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.

Step 9

ballet bun step 9

For extra hold, when the bun and hair are all secure, use hairspray.

Thanks to the Oregon Ballet Foundation for the above information.