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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Perfect Ballet Bun

How to make a Ballet Bun

We call this a "Ballerina Bun" or a "Ballet Bun" at our house. I've also heard these buns called Dance Buns, Sock Buns, Donut Buns, Bun Molds, a Chignon, and Figure Skating Buns. I know some people make these with a rolled up sock (hence the name "sock bun") or even with a large scrunchie as a foundation.
doughnut bunWe posted a Cinderella hairstyle awhile back, but I'm thinking this bun could also work for a Cinderella or Tinkerbell hairstyle if you are into the Disney Princess thing!
sock bunI think most everyone has probably made a bun similar to this at some point. But, I thought I would share the technique and tools that seem to work best for us. This updo hair style literally takes 2 minutes to complete and stays in place very nicely. A perfect hairstyle for dance competitions, recitals, ice skating and other performances. I think it looks professional, sleek, sophisticated, and elegant. :)

This technique can be used on short hair, medium length hair, or long hair. If your hair is super long, you probably don't need to use a bun foundation at all though, as your bun would most likely have enough volume on it's own just by twisting the hair around itself.


The bun foundation and hair net used in this video can be found at beauty supply stores, Ebay or on Amazon, here:
Hair Donut
Hair Nets

This quick and easy bun is sort of a pre-requisite to a fun and unique variation we'll be posting later this week for St. Patrick's day/spring. So, be sure to check back!

31 comments:

  1. Does this work well on really thick hair?

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  2. That's really cute. Neat trick on how to use the hair net for the excess hair. :)

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  3. I always wondered how those sock bun things were done. My daughter is in ballet and I've been doing buns for her and everyone in her class for years now, but this is a great way to do hers faster at home before heading there to do the others the old fashioned way.

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  4. Great tutorial! We do those kind of buns often. When you do use a sock to do it, it's fun to use a sock with bright patterns like neon peace signs or something.

    Brianna
    www.girlscurls.blogspot.com

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  5. Years ago, I had purchased a hairagami piece for my ballet buns. there are many different hair styles you can make using one (or two) of these pieces. have you ever tried one? I even used it for my wedding updo. it was sooooo simple the salon charged me half the price! As creative as you are with your hair styles, I am sure you could work miracles with this thing! http://www.hairagami.com/hairagami.html

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  6. That's perfect! I've been struggling with my daughters hair trying to get it in a neat bun for air cadets. THIS is just what I needed to see!! Thanks :)

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  7. ahh, haaa! Now I know the secret. Thanks!

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  8. You said you can do this with long hair, how? I have been wondering how these buns have been made, Thank you for sharing. I love all your styles my daughter and I have had so much fun.

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    1. When you have long hair like me you cant use the hair net trick you have to coil the excess hair around the donut then put in the hair net!

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  9. That's great! My daughter does ballet and this would be great for her.

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    1. How old is She? Is she on Pointe yet?

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  10. For ballroom dancing, I used sock buns for all the girls on my team. I used any old sock, and then covered them with knee-high pantyhose which were chosen to match their hair color.

    For the girls with longer hair, we placed the form at the bottom of her ponytail, folded her hair over it and secured the very end with an elastic, and then just started rolling the form upwards towards her head. As we went, we could spread the hair out over the form and it ended up (somehow!!!) very smooth and perfectly secure. This girl's video shows the basic technique, starting at the 4th minute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I13J7ArHTkM

    It works... I've tried it on myself as well. (:

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  11. Oh my super easy! What the heck? lol

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  12. Wow, I never knew how people got buns so perfect. Thanks for sharing. I love all your tips.

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My daughter is starting dance and we have to have it in a bun. I am terrible at doing hair and this is getting bookmarked.

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  14. Thanks, It's very usful for an upcoming dance

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  15. I use the same bun maker that is shown in the picture on my daughter. Her hair is fairly long and fine. I start with a ponytail. Then I put on the bun holder and pull it to the end of her hair. I put the hair around the outside of the holder. I roll it toward her head. Then there aren't any ends to tuck.

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  16. That hairstyle turned out pratically magic! When I went to see the sleeping beauty the ballet dancers hair was done just like that!

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  17. how do you do bun hairstyles with braids?

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  18. i love your website!

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  19. personally, i think if you just left it befor the hair net stage, it would look really cute anyway

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  20. That will work for Ballet Class! We compete for The best hair!

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  21. that was grate completed bun

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  22. no she wouldn't be on pointe you have to be 12 or 13. I'm a dancer
    :)

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