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One of the most frequently asked questions we get in store is how to make that perfect ballet bun, so we thought we would put together a step by step guide of some tips and trips of how we like doing our ballet buns. There are a few characteristics that make 'ballet buns' not just your average buns. Firstly they should be secure and not fall out when you are doing pirouettes or sharp head movements, secondly they should be nice and neat with not too many lumps, bumps or fly aways, and lastly they should be quite flat to your head- your ballet teacher will not like buns that stick out too much.

This guide isn't just for first time bun makers. If you're finding your bun keeps falling out in class or it keeps sticking out too much you could find this guide useful.

Ok, let's get started.


    - Water Spray Bottle

    - Hair Brush

    - Comb

    - Firm hair tie (we like using the ones without the metal bit)

    - Bun or Hair Net (bun net for shorter or very fine hair, hair net for longer or thicker hair)

    - Bun/fringe pins (ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL)

    - Bobby pins

    - Gel (optional but recommended for unruly or curly hair)

    - Hairspray (a dancer's bestie)


Brush your hair to remove any knots or tangles.


Lightly dampen your hair by spritzing with a spray bottle of water.


Using a hair brush or comb, smooth the hair back neatly.


Secure your hair tightly into a high ponytail using a hair elastic. You want the ponytail to be tight in order to finish with a secure bun, so wrap the elastic around several times, depending on the thickness of your hair. Place the ponytail wherever you want the finished bun to be.


Use a fine-tooth comb to smooth out any lumps or bumps. Secure with bobby pins.


Twist the entire ponytail in one direction until it forms a tight rope. Make sure all of your hair is included in the twist.


Begin wrapping your hair rope tightly around the base of the ponytail. You want the twist to be tight against your head, so continue twisting your hair as you wrap it around. Try not to overlap the twist, make sure each section of your twisted ponytail is touching your head. You can start putting a few fringe pins in at the point to secure the position of your twist.


Secure your bun with fringe pins. Be sure to include hair from the bun as well as your head into each hair pin. Slide both ends of the pin through the bun part holding the pin directly towards the bun, then angle the pin against your head catching some of your 'head' hair and slide all the way into the bun. This will ensure the bun stays secure while you’re dancing.

DO NOT slide your bun/ fringe pins in this way as they will slide and fall out a lot easier.


Now wrap your hair or bun net around your bun. Girls with long or thicker hair will find it easier to use a hair net as it will be large enough to cover the bun 2 or 3 times.


Press down and spread out hair inside the net to ensure a FLAT BALLET BUN.


Secure the net with more bun pins if necessary.


Now that your bun is in place, lightly spray your bun and surrounding hair with hairspray and gel down any ‘fly aways’.


Your ballet bun is now complete and ready for dance!

Feel free to come in or contact us if you have any questions about making your ballet bun. In store and online we sell everything you need to make your bun ballet ready. Take a look at our Hair Accessories section on our website to find all the bits and bobs you will need.

With love, from the Step by Step Dancewear team.


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