Performance Preparedness..How To Make A Ballet Bun

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One of the most important things about ballet is knowing how to make a ballet bun. It is funny that most modern day moms don’t really know how if they never danced before. Buns, used to be an everyday way to wear long hair in days gone by.



Buns in the hair have had a long history in hair styling.  They first appeared in Ancient Greece, worn by men and women. They were typically a hairstyle of the wealthy because they were considered a showcase for the expensive hair decorations that were used to secure them. In Ancient China, they were worn only by married women. In the Victorian Era, it was considered an older woman’s hairstyle and generally considered to be very plain and basic.

The following is a step by step process on how to make a perfect ballet bun. Some schools prefer the hair with no part and just brushed straight back, other schools prefer a side part. Check with your school on their preference. In either case, the most important part is securing your bun, tightly so it won’t fall out, and how to make it neat. Never worry about too much hair gel or hair spray. There is no such thing when dancing on stage. Loose hair is very sloppy and takes away from your whole performance. Loose, stray ends sticking out all over your head creates an un-kept look on stage. The ballet bun keeps hair from flying in a dancer’s face; it also creates a clean, elegant line for the dancer.

Here are the things you will need to make that perfect Ballet bun:
– Spray bottle filled with water
– Hairspray
– Hair gel
– Hair pins (Thicker type with plastic tips.)
– Bobby pins
– Elastic band
– Comb & brush (Fine tooth comb preferable)
– Hair net (Fine net with elastic edges. Should be same color as hair.)

1. To start the process, lightly spray your hands and the hair with water. This will give you better control over the hair. Gather the hair and pull it back. Apply hair gel if you need more control over the hair.

2. Use a hair brush 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. Your school may require a low bun, then you would direct the pony tail to the nape of the neck . 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 simulate a bun by using hair clips that blend in with your hair, to fasten the hair down without a bun.

3. Use a coated elastic hair band not a bulky scrunci, to secure the pony tail. A tidy pony tail with hair drawn snugly back is the key to making a good ballet bun.

4. Apply gel to your entire head to keep the hair neat, and twist the pony tail.

5. Coil the pony tail into a tight circle.

6 Use hair pins all around the coil to secure it to head. Slide each pin through the outer part of the coil, then into the base of the bun. With longer thicker hair, hair pins are necessary to secure each round of the bun as you wrap it.

7. Be sure to 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. A hair net alone will not hold your bun! Hair pins and bobby pins are the key. A hair net just keeps your bun sleek, neat and smooth.

8. Those with very long or thick hair will have a large bun that may protrude too much. A flat bun is preferable. To flatten, as you wind the bun bring each twist more outward from the center and pin each wind around the center.

9. For extra hold, when the bun and hair are all secure, use hairspray. If you need to add a headpiece, be sure to secure it tightly with bobby pins.

One of the important points of having good stage presence is looking professional from head to toe! Secure neat hair is essential….

2 thoughts on “Performance Preparedness..How To Make A Ballet Bun

  1. That is good. When I was a kid with long hair that is exactly how I did my buns just to get my hair off my head and away from my face

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