Friday, May 25, 2012

How to Make a Ballet Bun

Recital time is coming up for young dancers everywhere. M-girl studies ballet. I'm very pleased with her dance school. They focus on the technique rather than on costumes. In fact, the girls perform in the simple leotards that they wear for their classes. No expensive outfits to buy...hooray!

One thing that the school insists on however, is a proper ballet bun for the showcase. A ballet bun differs from an ordinary one in that it must be tight enough to withstand all of the jumps and twirls without falling apart. Once you know a few simple tricks, it's quick and easy to do.

First make sure to have the proper supplies on hand. You will need: a hair elastic, a hair net that closely matches the hair color, some hair pins, a spray bottle of water, and hair spray.

Once you have assembled your supplies you are ready to begin.

Start by putting the hair into a very high ponytail. Make sure the hair is as smooth as possible.

Next proceed as if you were making a regular bun. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around the outside of the hair elastic, pinning as you go.

Now it is time to strengthen the bun, so it will stand up to dancing. Place the hairnet on top of the bun. It will be much too large. Pull the hairnet tight, twist the extra net, and tuck it into the bottom edge of the bun. Pin it in several places. It should be nearly impossible to see.

Spritz any stray hairs with water, and then give the whole head a coat of hairspray. Your little dancer will look the part. Let's hope she'll remember the steps!

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    1. It really is that easy, yet it looks so pretty.

  2. any hints on how to make a bun for a 13 year old with the thickest hair possible. I've always used our technique but now her hair is long and THICK and it just is a mess to deal with.

    1. My daughter has very long, thick hair, but it's still pretty managable. The only hints I have are the hairnet (it really gets everything tucked in well) and the type of hairpins. I've used regular, but there is a type of u-shaped pins. I think the brand name is Bun Heads. They really work well.

  3. This is a great tutorial. Thanks for the hairnet tip. We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

    1. Yes, the hairnet is absolutley key to keeping it up. Thanks for hosting the link party!