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Prom Hair: Ballerina Bun Hairstyle


Capture sleek elegance and romance at your Prom, wedding or any special event wearing this dressy, elegant Ballerina Bun updo courtesy of the top of the crown bun.

The Ballerina Bun never goes out of style, it just morphs to assume the shape of current hair trends. Many celebrities adore the Ballerina Bun including Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Lauren Conrad.

The Ballerina Bun shown in this article is decorated with a gorgeous pearl encrusted soft headband that wraps completely around the bun.

A similar effect could be created with a tiara, loose flowers or a glittery headband pinned just in the front of the bun formation.

Stunning from all angles, this classically romantic do was created on our beautiful Model - Dana - by stylist Barbara Lhotan for and photographed by the award winning fashion photographer Eric Von Lockhart.

This style is comprised of one main ponytail-based-bun positioned at the crown of the head. The pearl and crystal barrettes The pearl encrusted soft headband is positioned around the base of the ponytail bun formation.

This updo hairstyle may or may not be too complicated for someone to create at home.

You might take the style on a trial run in the privacy of your home and see if you can duplicate the style. If not, don't hesitate to call on your professional stylist or a friend that has hairstyling talents.

This style generally works best on hair that is shoulder length or longer with medium thickness. It can work on hair that is fine or thin with the addition of hair pieces or extensions.

Hair that is extra long can adopt to the style by adjusting the size of the bun or making two ballerina buns that are layered one on top of the other.

Longer hair can also opt to leave a section of hair length as a type of "tail" and modify the look so that it is a half up/half down style with long lengths flowing down the back.

Let your stylist guide you about the appropriateness of the style for your hair type and texture.

Although this design can work on any hair texture, straight hair or hair that has been temporarily pre-straightened is ideal.

Wavy hair may or may need to be straightened depending on whether you want to keep the ends wavy or straight.

Please note that super fine or thin hair may not hold the curls and loops as easily as coarse hair textures.

If you wish to try this look on fine hair, be prepared for hair slippage with gel, strong holding spray and extra bobby pins.

Step By Step Instructions

This style works best on hair that is not freshly washed. When possible allow your hair to "age" at least 8-24 hours from your last shampoo. The natural hair oils will help the bun style hold tighter and last longer.

Barbara Lhotan did comment that this look can be created on freshly washed and dried hair.

However, it's important to dress newly washed hair with the appropriate styling aides to counterbalance extra soft or slippery strands. Let your stylist determine what type of hair they prefer to work with.

Hair How To - Step By Step

1. Begin by using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush on your hair. Make sure that all knots and tangles are completely removed.

Although this elegant style was designed without bangs or a part, if you prefer, experiment with a different type of part for a slightly different look. Wear bangs if you prefer and experiment with how you brush them on your forehead.

2. Working with individual sections that are about 1-2" in thickness, smooth all of the hair with a hot flat iron. Allow hair to cool completely before proceeding.

3. Using a soft boar's head brush or similar natural bristle brush brush all the hair from the hairline into a high ponytail that rests at the center of your crown. Secure the ponytail with Blax, bungee cords or other "hair friendly" elastics the same color as your hair.

4. Lift the ponytail straight up in the air and smooth the hair making sure the ponytail is tightly gathered at the base.

Note: Apply a light gel or setting lotion to hair that is fine, slippery or does not hold styles well. This will help to anchor the hair better. Remember to apply any gel or setting sprays before adding hair accessories.

5. Smooth the ponytail back down and take the top section of the ponytail and twist the hair clockwise into a small bun. Carefully "fan the hair out" around the ponytail and the entire surrounding area as you create a small round bun formation.

Once you have the bun formed to the size and shape that you like pin the bun tightly in place against your scalp. Carefully work from one side of the new hair fan to the other and pin the strands to form a soft floppy bun all around the base of the ponytail.

When possible use tiny hairpins that are 1/4 to 1/2 inches in the same color of your hair if you need a lot of pins to anchor.

If you like you can be creative and pull random strands out along your hairline and the nape of your neck to form a soft fringe of tendrils.

Curl the loose hair with a large barreled curling iron (approximately 1") to get a soft but loose fringe of curls.

6. When you have the bun sculpted to your liking and have pinned it securely to your scalp, spray well with a firm holding spray. Apply a medium to heavy holding spray to the finished style.

Add a light sprinkling of glitter mixed into your favorite gel for added dazzle or jazz up the sides or back or the style. Feel free to use tiny bobby pins to help anchor any loose hair. Or use a gel to smooth back any loose hairs from the crown or near the hairline in front.

7. Attach a tiara, soft circular headband or other hair accessory around the perimeter of the bun. Pin it against your scalp to prevent slippage.

8. Experiment with positioning the bun higher or lower or your head or twisting the hair tighter or looser.


The possibilities are endless if you take the time to play with different variations of this elegant bun style. The finished look is perfect for any special party, Prom, Wedding or other dressy hair event.

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- Revised Publication Date: 09/05/11

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