How to Get the Perfect Ballerina Bun

Rachel Krause


Even if you’ve never so much as slipped on a pointe shoe, the ballerina bun, as it’s called, is the consummate quick and easy hairstyle—it can be worn on any hair type, on dirty hair or clean hair, and it can be done in seconds. Bonus: when worn high on the crown of your head, a well-executed ballerina bun can even make you look taller, your neck longer, and your cheekbones more pronounced. We certainly won’t take a pass on that.

And when we say the ballerina bun is easy, we really mean easy—in fact, we’ve narrowed the entire process down to just three easily digestible steps. Learn them, master them, and try not to feel too guilty when you default to this hairstyle day after day.

1. Brush your hair thoroughly from front to back to ensure that there are no snarls or tangles, which will create undesirable “bumps” as you style.

2. When hair feels completely smooth, brush it back from the front of your head into a high ponytail, using a comb or brush to work through any bumps or tangles if necessary. While holding the ponytail with one hand, use the other to ensure that your hair has been pulled smoothly up from the back of the neck into the ponytail. Secure with an elastic band.

3. Grab the base of the ponytail in one hand and use your other hand to wrap the ponytail around itself, wrapping as many times as you need to reach the ends of your hair. Insert bobby pins around the base of the bun to pin the shape into place, and voila. Finish off with a bit of hairspray, or loosen hair around the crown for a more voluminous, texturized finish.

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