Ballerinas take their buns very seriously, and I don’t mean their tushies! I know that without instructions from my in-laws, who happen to own a ballet studio, I would be COMPLETELY LOST when it comes to making the perfect ballet bun!!! I mean as a first-time dance mom, these things simply do not come naturally to me. (This post contains affiliate links.)
So when my sister-in-law and I started our hair tutorial series, it only made sense to capitalize on her knowledge of crafting the perfect ballet bun. Now that I’ve seen it in action, it’s so easy to do.
My SIL is able to whip them up in under 5 minutes. But even a schlub like me can do one in under 10 minutes. I just may use a few more bobby pins and a lot more hairspray!
We love to finish the buns off with these amazing bun flowers that a local woman creates. She started a company called Larisa Bun Flowers that has just the sweetest ballet hair accessories. My daughter even has her own collection named after her, the Avila Little Princess Crown Collection. (By the way, those are not affiliate links… just wanting to show a local lady some love since she does such amazing work!)
How to do a Perfect Ballet Bun
Check the full video tutorial right here, or find the written instructions below:
Written Step-By-Step Perfect Ballet Bun Tutorial:
1) Spray the hair with water to get damp, and brush
2) Pull back into a tight ponytail
3) Divide the hair in half
4) Take the left half, and twist it around under the right half, then continue twisting all around the base of the ponytail
6) Once the left half is twisted all the way around, twist the right half around in the opposite direction
7) When you’re done twisting that half around, you should have your perfect ballet bun
8) Now you’ll want to use a bun hair net over the bun
9) You may need to wrap it around the bun twice
Here are some side notes from the expert herself: “You can even do more sections of twists if two isn’t enough. Make sure sto roll it on the side of each layer instead of on top. Create a large diameter cinnamon roll look rather than a doorknob. Also, try either the twisting hair pins or the big heavy plastic ones. Holds thick hair better. Hairnet also helps hold.”
And there you have it! Easy peasy perfect ballet bun!