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How to Make an Easy Hair Bun for Ballet

Updated on April 14, 2017

When my daughter recently moved to a more advanced ballet class, a hair bun went from being optional to a requirement. I had no idea how to make one. My daughter's hair is short, only shoulder length, which made putting a bun into her hair more challenging. I started to panic until I finally found an easy way to make a ballet bun.

This is a very simple and quick method to make a bun that will work for long or short hair. It takes no more than a few minutes to do after a little practice. My daughter wears this bun to ballet, tap and jazz dance classes and it has never come lose. She has sometimes worn it all day and it stays tight. You will need several things to be able to make this bun.

Items needed to make a ballet hair bun
Items needed to make a ballet hair bun

List of Items Needed to Make a Bun

You will need all of the following items to make a bun:

  • Chignon hair donut (or bun foundation) - if you are making a bun for a child or for someone with short hair, the petite size will probably work best. You can buy these from or from Sally's Beauty Supply Stores. I've only been able to find a blonde color for the petite size. If you buy the larger size, get the color that matches your hair color.
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Nets - I get the Jac-O-Net Chignon Bun Hair Net brand. They're fairly large, so you may have to wrap them around the bun two or three times. You can also get them in different colors, so you can match your hair color. These are delicate, so stock up on several of them
  • Ponytail holders
  • Elastic bands - it's best to get the ones that are made for hair but regular elastic bands will work as well
  • Comb
  • Round hair brush
  • Hairspray
  • Hair gel
  • Bun cover - this hides the bun foundation. It is especially important if you can only get a blonde colored type because it helps hide the yellow color if any should show through
  • Hair Scrunchie

How to Make the Bun

Definitely watch this video to see how to make the bun. Here are the steps:

  1. Spray the hair with hair spray
  2. Make a ponytail using a ponytail holder. Brush the hair as smooth as possible.
  3. Put the chignon hair donut over the ponytail holder
  4. Put the hair that makes up the ponytail around the hair donut until it is covered. Wrap excess hair around the back of it. Watch to video to see how to do this
  5. Put an elastic band around the back of the bun donut to hold the hair in place
  6. Cover with a hair net. Wrap around the bun until the net is tight
  7. Use four bobby pins to secure the bun donut. Stick them directly into each side and the top and bottom
  8. Cover with a bun cover
  9. Wrap a scrunchie around the bun cover
  10. I use hair gel to smooth any excess hair that sticks out and comb it down. I use bobby pins to keep it pinned down.

The hair bun is now finished. Once you've done this several times, it probably won't take more than 5 minutes to do.


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    • Learn Things Web profile image

      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Janine,

      Finding bun donuts was a lifesaver for me. I couldn't find any other bun method that was easy to do.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      My older daughter is in her 2nd year of dance (ballet and tap) don' think she will need this quite yet, but have pinned for down the road if she takes dance as she is getting a bit older, because this truly was so informative and helpful. Also voted and shared too!!