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
– Spray bottle filled with water
– Hairspray
– Hair gel
– Hair pins (Bigger type for thick hair, Small type for fine hair)
– Bobby pins
– Elastic band
– Comb & brush (Fine tooth comb preferable)
– Hair net (Fine net with elastic edges. Should be same color as hair.)

To start the process

1.xLightly spray your hands and the hair with water.

This will give you better control over the hair. Gather the hair and pull it back.

2.xApply hair gel if you need more control over the hair.

You can also create this bun with wet hair, letting it air dry after your hair is in the bun.

3.xUse a smooth wide-toothed or hair brush to smooth out rough or uneven areas.

4.xForm a ponytail by brushing the hair up from the jaw line to the top, middle, or lower part of the back of the head.

The placement of the pony tail determines the placement of the bun. Mid and low buns are sometimes used with

short hair, or to accommodate a headpiece. Very short hair can use hair clips to fasten the hair down without a bun.

5.xUse a “hair friendly” elastic hair band to secure the pony tail. A tidy ponytail with hair drawn snugly back is the

key to making a good ballet bun.  Note: it is best not to pull the hair too tightly into the ponytail. If the ponytail is too

tight you may experience a slight headache. Long term wearing of tight ponytails can actually encourage hair loss

in some circumstances.

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

(Long thick hair might need to be braided first.)

7.xCoil (twist) the pony tail into a tight circle.

8.xUse 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.

9.xWrap a fine hair net around the bun. Keep twisting and wrapping so

that the hair net tightly secures the bun. Make

sure the hair net is the same color as the hair.

10.xFor extra hold, when the bun and hair are all secure, spray with a strong hair spray.

11.xIf you are in Ballet I or higher and have bangs, you must slick them back.

12.xYounger children must have neatly trimmed bangs. 

13.xIf you need to add a headpiece, secure it tightly with bobby pins.

Alternative - Using A False Bun or Hairpiece

I have been known to “cheat” and use a hairpiece available at beauty supply stores like Sally's Beauty Supply.
They cost about $15.00 and are extremely easy to use and look very real.  Start with wet hair. Use a leave in
conditioner to smooth out the frizzies. Brush the hair thoroughly and form a ponytail at the back of the head.
Do NOT make the pony high on the head. It should be in the middle of the back of the head. Twist the ponytail
then wrap it around where you secured it with the elastic band. Bobby pin it. Open up the hairpiece and place it
over the hair. Pull down on the string, tightening it . Wrap the string around the bun at the base and secure it with
a few bobby pins. Brush the bun carefully smoothing it out and spray with hair spray.  You should make sure all
of the hair is slicked back . There shouldn't be strands of hair falling down. Be sure to use covered elastic bands
and bobby pins that are as close as possible to the dancers hair.