6 Steps to Creating a Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun
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.
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).
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.
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).
Step Five: Roll Down
Roll the hair tool towards your head, all the way to the base of the ponytail.
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).
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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Photographer: Chris Patey
Hairstylist: Jen Atkin
Makeup: Lauren Andersen
Fashion Director: Laurie Trott
Model: Mary Carls
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!