3 Hairstyles for Dance Class! | How to Do A Ballet Bun

Hey daydreamers! Y’all seemed to like my stage makeup tutorial from last week, and I’ve been really into trying out new hairstyles lately, so I decided to show you guys some bun styles for ballet class!

There’s not really a right or wrong way to do a bun – it just takes a lot of practice, but it’s pretty simple once you master it! There’s a lot of different techniques and styles that you can do, so here’s a few of my favorites (and the first two only took me less than 10 minutes, and the last just a little over that)!

#1: The Classic Ballerina Bun


First, start by brushing your hair up into a high ponytail. Make sure to smooth out any bumps and get it at the crown of your head. Secure with a hair elastic.

Now, separate the ponytail into two equal sections and twist one of the sections until it’s almost like a rope.

Take that rope of hair and pin it all the way around the other section until you’ve made a little donut around the remaining half of the ponytail.

Next, twist the remaining part of the ponytail into another little rope.

Take that rope and pin it all the way around the donut until you have a cinnamon roll! Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – we’ll fix that in a minute. Try to pin down as many flyaway hairs as you can.

Twist a hair net (you can find them at literally any grocery store, drugstore, dollar store or anywhere that sells beauty products) around the bun — and voila! It magically turns that mess into a neat, clean ballerina bun. Hair nets are my secret weapon when it comes to dance hairstyles!

Finally, spritz some water around your head to smooth out any flyaways. Use a barrette or hairlip to pin up any hair that’s hanging out on your neck into the bun.

If you would like, add a cute scrunchie to finish off the style and cover up the hairlip and any loose hairs, and you’re done! Lastly, spray with hairspray. And that’s how you do a simple ballerina bun!

#2: The Donut Bun

My face in this picture πŸ˜‚ For this next method, we’re going to be using a hair donut. You can find these basically anywhere – Claire’s, any beauty or drugstore, grocery stores, dance shops...

Start by, again, pulling your hair up into a medium-length or high ponytail, and make sure to get rid of any bumps. Make the ponytail nice and tight. (Mine’s pretty loose in that picture, but I fix that in a bit.)

Now, place the donut around the ponytail – like how you would wear a scrunchie or hair tie. Make sure the donut matches your hair color!

Spread your hair all over the bun, like a fountain. Then secure with a hair elastic. You should have some hair left over.

Next, separate the leftover hair into three equal sections and braid each section. Make sure to tie off the braids with a clear hair band.

Go around the bun, pinning each braid with bobby pins.

Pin them all the way around each other, and then spread the hair on the donut equally around it and pin in place.

Add a hairnet and – magic! – your bun is smooth and clean-looking! (Haha I sound like a commercial for hairnets)

Finally, pin up any excess hairs with a barrette, and smooth everything with water. Lastly, spray with hairspray, and add a cute scrunchie. Aaaand….you’re done!

#3: French Braid Twist Bun

For this one, you’ll need to know how to French braid. Basically, you braid from the top of your head all the way to the bottom, picking up more hair along the way as you braid. Here’s a great tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj7iuiVBpao&t=326s

First, separate your hair into two equal sections.

Start at the top and french braid both sections all the way to the bottom – don’t worry if it looks a little messy!

Now, twist the two braids together to make a long, thick rope.

Wrap them in a circle around each other and pin all the way around in a circle, making a big braided donut.

Make sure to secure with a hair elastic and add extra bobby pins to stop wispies!

Finally, clean it up by adding a hairnet, smoothing with water, pinning down braids so they stay flat, and spraying with hairspray!

And you’re done!

And that’s it for this post! I hope you learned something new and maybe you tried out some of these hairstyles, whether for ballet class, a special occasion, or just around the house. Thanks for reading, and have an awesome day!

How do you do your hair for dance? Your favorite style out of the three? Can you french/dutch braid? What’s your go-to bun method?

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20 thoughts on “3 Hairstyles for Dance Class! | How to Do A Ballet Bun

  1. Aww you have gorgeous hair, Emmie. My hair is curly and not very thick, so I usually end up being boring and always doing a classical ballet bun (pulled back tightly and done opposite your chin, right on the crown of your head). I spray my hair with water, brush it back with a firm bristle brush (which is probably terrible for my hair but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do) and separate it into three sections because it makes my buns look bigger. Sadly, my buns are pretty much always too flat to wear scrunchies (why, universe, why?) so I have a collection of little bows or flowers I add.
    I loved this post, especially the French braid bun!

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  2. goodNESS emmie, i’m lucky if i remember to brush my hair most days XD love these tutorials, love you doing these tutorials, and i’m totally raiding family dollar for hairnets one day XD

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  3. So cool!! I love reading these types of posts. I would say my favorite method is the the first one, the classic ballerina bun. It looks the easiest! πŸ™‚ LOL I do know how to french-braid, but I’m not very good at it. XD I think I need to practice more.

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    1. Thanks! Yay, glad to hear that! Haha, yeah the first one is definitely my go-to! Same, I had the hardest time with it forever until one day something just clicked and I could do it. XD I’m still not good at it that much (As you can see from the messy one in the tutorial, oops! :P) Practice makes perfect, I guess!

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      1. πŸ™‚ No, yours all looked perfect! πŸ™‚ And you are totally right; practice does make perfect. I’ll try to persuade my sisters to let me practice on them. XD

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  4. This was really cool. I usually just put my hair in a ponytail for taekwando or other sports but I can do the first two buns.
    Also, this is really weird but we have our nails painted the exact same color.

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