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How to Make a Simple Ballet Bun for Medium to Long Hair

Updated on April 24, 2017

A while back I wrote about creating an easy ballet bun that could be used for short to long hair. That method required using a bun foundation. This was necessary when my daughter's hair was too short for a regular bun. If your child's hair is a little longer, you can use this method for a quick and easy bun.

While that other method is easy process it was a bit more involved than what I wanted. If you're in a hurry to go to class, you'll want a bun that's quick and easy. Now that my child's hair is medium length, I have found another very simple way to make a bun. This takes just a few minutes and with practice girl's should be able to do it by themselves.

Jac-o-net hair nets are inexpensive and great for ballet buns
Jac-o-net hair nets are inexpensive and great for ballet buns

What You Need

Some ballet schools have higher expectations than others about how neat hair should be. If your ballet school is pretty strict, you will need hair gel to slick the hair back. If not, hair spray should be enough. Hair gel will likely be a requirement for dance recitals, so it's a good idea to have some available. The following is all you need:

  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair net
  • Hair pins
  • Hair spray
  • Hair gel

Making the Bun

Brush the hair back until it's smooth. Wetting the hair a little may make this easier. Or you can use plenty of hair spray. Make a pony tail using the pony tail holder. Twist the hair around until it's nice and tight (watch the video to see how to do this). Now put the twisted hair around the pony tail holder. Tuck in the ends to make it neat. Use a few pins to secure the hair and wrap the bun with a hair net. If necessary, you can use gel to slick back any stray pieces of hair. That's all there is to it.

If your child's hair is medium length the bun will be quite small. But it will still look really nice.


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    • Learn Things Web profile image

      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California


      I had problems getting buns to work before. Twisting makes all the difference.

    • tinisha12 profile image

      tinisha12 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      pretty simple I like this article. The part I wasn't doing before whenever I tried to put my hair in a bun was twisting the hair. thanks for sharing