24 Mar

The Perfect Ballet Bun



– Hair pins (These are "U" shaped with plastic tips. You can find them in the supermarket or chemist)

– Bobby pins (Lengths shut tightly against each other, for smaller amts of hair)

– Elastic band/Hair tie (tight for secure pony tail)

– Comb & brush

– Hair net (same color as hair. Available at a chemist or supermarket)

– Water sprayer or glass of water, gel, hairspray (mostly for performance buns)




1) To start the process, lightly spray your hands and the hair with water (or dampen with a comb dunked in water). This will give you better control over the hair. It is better NOT to have freshly washed hair for this. Gather the hair and pull it back. Apply a little hair gel to the hair. If your child has fringe of shorter lengths, leave them alone for now,they will be pinned to the side after the bun is complete.

2) Use a hair brush to smooth out rough or uneven areas. Form a pony tail by brushing the hair up from the jawline 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. A ponytail just below the crown of the head is good.

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

4) Twist the pony tail around itself in length.

5) Coil the pony tail into a tight circle.

6) Use a few "U"-shaped 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.

7) Wrap hair net around the bun. Keep twisting and wrapping so that the hair net tightly secures the bun.

8) Use a more hairpins to secure the hairnet over the bun.

9) For extra hold, when the bun and hair are all secure, use hairspray. Use bobby pins to secure any "wispies" or stray hair. If your child has fringe etc, dampen them slightly, comb to one side and secure with bobby pins. Spray with hairspray for extra hold.


Follow same procedure as for Long Hair through step three.

4) Braid ponytail as far as possible, then secure end with another covered elastic. Fold end of braid under and press it flat against head. Secure in place with hairpins.

5) Use bobby pins to secure any "wispies" and spray hair with hairspray.'