6 Steps to Creating a Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun

6 Steps to Creating a Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun
Chris Patey

Modern remakes don’t always succeed; occasionally, however, an update can breathe new life into a tried-and-true classic. Case in point: the traditional ballerina bun. Armed with a boar bristle brush and one very modern hair tool, we enlisted celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin to help us put a fresh twist on the Prima Donna-inspired style.

Flip through the slideshow to see our step-by-step tutorial for creating a modern ballerina bun!


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    Step One: Before

    Start with dry hair. Beginning with freshly-washed hair will leave you with a sleeker, more polished look, while second-day hair will give a more textured finish.

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    Step Two: Put Your Hair In A Ponytail

    Next, put your hair in a ponytail and smooth any bumps with a brush (Atkin used a natural boar bristle brush ($120) by Mason Pearson).

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    Step Three: Smooth Hair

    After your ponytail is secured, brush it out. If your hair is prone to frizziness, you can add a smoothing serum, like Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($38), to your strands.

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    Step Four: Pull Through

    Pull the ends of your hair through a bun-making hair tool (Atkin used ‘The Wrap Up’ Hair Styling Sponge ($12) by Sarah Potempa).

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    Step Five: Roll Down

    Roll the hair tool towards your head, all the way to the base of the ponytail.

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    Step Six: Bend And Secure

    Twist the hair tool in a circle so the ends touch (some tools may require you to tie or clasp the ends together).

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    Step Seven: Pin In Place

    Make sure all the stray hairs are tucked into the bun, then use French hairpins to secure the bun in place.

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    And there you have it—a chic, modern update on your classic ballerina bun!

    In case you missed it, Atkin also showed us how to master retro waves and perfectly tousled bedhead!

    And don’t forget to check out her website, Mane Addicts, for daily hairspiration!


    Photographer: Chris Patey
    Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
    Makeup: Lauren Andersen
    Fashion Director: Laurie Trott
    Model: Mary Carls

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