How to Make a Ballet Bun

Steps involved in creating a ballet bun. Starting from top left to right.


  • Spray bottle or glass filled with water
  • Hairspray and/or hair gel
  • Hair pins (These are “U” shaped with plastic tips)
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic band/Hair tie
  • Comb & Brush
  • Hair net (Fine net with elastic edges, same color as hair)

Procedure – For Long Hair (Shoulder length and longer)

  1. To start, lightly spray your hair with water (or dampen with a comb dunked in water). This will give you better control over the hair. Gather the hair and pull it back. Apply a little hair gel to the hair. If you have bangs, leave them alone for now, they will be pinned to the side after the bun is complete.
  2. Use a hair brush or comb 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 pony tail just below the crown of the head is good.
  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. **Optional—at this point you could also braid the hair, secure the end with an elastic hair band and then coil it into a circle. Either way, you must make a pony tail first.
  4. Apply more water or gel to the pony tail to keep the hair neat, and twist the pony tail tightly.
  5. Coil the pony tail into a tight circle. Make sure each coil around is against the head, which will prevent a “doorknob” looking bun which tend to be less secure.
  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 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.
  8. Use a few more hair pins and/or bobby pins to secure the hair net 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 you have bangs, dampen them slightly, comb to one side and secure with bobby pins. Spray with hairspray for extra hold.

Procedure – Very Short Hair

  1. Dampen hair with spray bottle or comb dunked in water and comb a bit of gel through the hair.
  2. If possible, make a small pony tail low at back of head.
  3. As you comb the hair back, secure with bobby pins, then spray with hairspray for extra hold.

Procedure – Shorter hai that will fit into a short pony tail

Follow same procedure as for long hair through step three. Then follow these steps.

  1. Braid pony tail as far as possible, then secure end with another hair tie. Fold end of braid under and press it flat against head. Secure in place with hair pins.
  2. Use bobby pins to secure any “wispies” and spray with hairspray.

Procedure – For Boys

If your hair falls onto your face, dampen your hair and comb a bit of gel through the hair to slick the hair back. If needed, secure with bobby pins. You don’t need a lot of pins, it is just important to keep the hair off the face for the entire class. Hair should not be a distraction.


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