Are you stumped on how to do the best ballet bun? Does your ballerina look like she’s been pulled through a hedge backwards after her performance? If you said yes, then this guide is for you!


Creating the perfect ballet bun requires some practice and the right technique. Follow these steps to achieve a neat and secure ballet bun:


  1. Gather your supplies: You’ll need a hairbrush, fine-tooth comb, hair tie or elastic, bobby pins that match your hair color, hairnet (optional), hairspray (optional), and a mirror.


  1. Prepare your hair: Start with clean, dry hair. Comb through any tangles to ensure a smooth result.


  1. Brush and slick back your hair: Using a hairbrush, gather all your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Ensure there are no bumps or stray hairs on the sides or back of your head.


  1. Secure the ponytail: Use a hair tie or elastic to secure the ponytail. It’s essential to choose a hair tie that can hold your hair tightly.


  1. Create the bun: Take the ponytail and twist it until it starts to coil around itself. As you twist, wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail. Keep the hair taut and make sure the bun is smooth and even.


  1. Secure the bun with bobby pins: As you wrap the hair around the base, insert bobby pins into the bun to secure it. Start by placing bobby pins around the outer edge of the bun to hold it in place. Then, add more bobby pins as needed to keep the bun secure.


  1. Use a hairnet (optional): To ensure a sleek and polished look, you can use a hairnet. Stretch the hairnet over the bun and secure it with additional bobby pins. This step is optional but can help keep the bun in place during intense movements.


  1. Tidy up loose hairs: Use a fine-tooth comb or your fingers to gently smooth any loose hairs or flyaways around the bun.


  1. Set with hairspray (optional): If you have a lot of flyaways or want extra hold, you can lightly mist the bun with hairspray.


  1. Check in the mirror: Make sure the bun is centered, smooth, and secure from all angles.


With practice, you’ll become more proficient in creating a perfect ballet bun. It may take a few attempts to get it just right, so be patient and don’t hesitate to ask for help from fellow dancers or instructors if needed.


Photo shows Ballet bun at the crown of the head. Photo by Colin Hutton from

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