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Old 01-07-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
 
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Smile Bunning for Ballet

So I have admittedly fallen off the face of the earth from this forums perspective. But! I am back mostly because I need some accountability, and I know you ladies (and gents) out there are good for it.

I never joined one of those bunning challenge things because I can't seem to figure out how to bun my hair while wet and keep my curls from making my scalp sore once the bun dries (anyone know what I'm taking about?). Perhaps I'm doing something wrong.

The deal is that my ballet teacher through my university has high standards on appearance and among those is hair "must be in a bun away from the neck." So for the next four months buns will be my staple style, but I want to try different kinds. For now I'm just twisting my hair in a total of 17 two strand twists and bunning them once semi dry. I might take them apart and wear a bun with loose hair to make the style last longer (the fewer times I have to wash the better) I could see this lasting for two weeks at a time with this method.

I'm open to other bunning ideas and methods that don't require daily washing. I'll check in and let you know how both the ballet class is going and my hairing woes if any of you would like me to keep you up to date. Also a little poking and prodding about my hair would help me keep it in consideration and not be discouraged that I can't wear my hair in its "lion-esque" fashion.

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If you aren't opposed to a roller set or flatiron...I used to do my bun like this for ballet on straight hair -

YouTube - Tutorial: Ballerina Tuck Bun
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Have fun! I haven't done ballet in while. I'm thinking about taking lessons again soon. How do you bun your hair? Mine is only shoulder length and shrinks to my chin when dry. It's very thick too. I've been afraid to wear them because I had the tendency to pull my hair too tight when it was relaxed and the spot under my bun became bald. It's grown back since. I used to take ballet and modern since I was a dance minor.
I actually switched to west African dance a few years ago though. Mainly because I'm better at it, it doesn't feel as restrictive (you don't necessarily have to hold your center tightly all of time), but there is a technique we have to follow. Most of the girls wore there hair out. It was so much fun, I'll have to find another class.
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@ellepixie: I'll have to try roller sets after a few more paychecks (being a college student sucks in that way). And your video rocks! Very cute look

I'm trying to avoid straightening my hair for a couple of reasons. The irrational reason: somewhere in my mind ballet is for pretty caucasian girls with fairly well off parents. While some of that may be true historically, but I'm working on changing for myself, personally, what beauty is equated to. Every time I try something new (like when I went to my first banquet natural or when I started looking for jobs) I have to switch gears in my mind about what my hair should look like. Totally irrational, but I'm just admitting it to myself. I wish this struggle on no one, but I'm glad it's so much easier to turn the crazy off. My normal reason is that it's sooooo much work! I've got too much going on right now to maintain straight hair at this point (reversion is killer if I don't actually want it to happen!)

@moosegrl_86: Sounds like an awesome class you had! If you start dancing again let me know I'd love to hear about it This is what my current bun looks like as of today. The picture isn't great but hopefully the idea comes across. I don't think you'll need my password for them, but if you do it's my SN.
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Twists for Bun

Definitely not aiming for cute and "slick" as much I was looking for simple manipulation and the ability to bun to begin with!
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Hey:

The last time I wore two strand twists for more two weeks I wore them in a sock bun for a stint. (see attached pic)

and while not a bun by ballerina standards, I loved the Gibson Tuck
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:03 AM   #6
 
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@ellepixie: I'll have to try roller sets after a few more paychecks (being a college student sucks in that way). And your video rocks! Very cute look

I'm trying to avoid straightening my hair for a couple of reasons. The irrational reason: somewhere in my mind ballet is for pretty caucasian girls with fairly well off parents. While some of that may be true historically, but I'm working on changing for myself, personally, what beauty is equated to. Every time I try something new (like when I went to my first banquet natural or when I started looking for jobs) I have to switch gears in my mind about what my hair should look like. Totally irrational, but I'm just admitting it to myself. I wish this struggle on no one, but I'm glad it's so much easier to turn the crazy off. My normal reason is that it's sooooo much work! I've got too much going on right now to maintain straight hair at this point (reversion is killer if I don't actually want it to happen!)
Thanks! I agree with you that with natural hair it may be harder to maintain when you get all sweaty. If you do a set in the future, what I would do is slick it back with pomade, then wear a scarf at night to make sure it doesn't get puffy. When I straightened I basically just used a scarf at night and my bun was sleek the entire week.

Have fun at ballet, I miss it! I was thinking of getting my pointe shoes next time I am home, but with my hardwood floor I'd prob fall and break a hip - lol!
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Well I use to do ballet as a child and I know me and mom used bun covers. I still have them and I know you can order them in different sizes and colors online. Maybe some days you can do bun covers so you can do wet bunning or dry bunning and it wouldn't matter how the bun looks because it's covered.

Roller setting should work too. Good look.
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Try using the Goody spin pins to hold you bun. They are incredibly good.
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So my first day was um... pretty terrible. I missed my first class on Tuesday because of tonsillitis so naturally I was behind... Bah! I got called out for at least 2 or 3 of the major mistakes that folks were making and I was the example on what to do correctly. No wonder some people take private lessons. Intense stuff ballet is! It's harder than my graduate Land Use Planning class >.<

Oh well haha practice makes perfect right?

Here is what my hair looked like without the flower accessory

Week Old Bun

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So my first day was um... pretty terrible. I missed my first class on Tuesday because of tonsillitis so naturally I was behind... Bah! I got called out for at least 2 or 3 of the major mistakes that folks were making and I was the example on what to do correctly. No wonder some people take private lessons. Intense stuff ballet is! It's harder than my graduate Land Use Planning class >.<

Oh well haha practice makes perfect right?

Here is what my hair looked like without the flower accessory

Week Old Bun

Week Old Bun 2
I like it! I'm learning to do mine too. It will get better with time - I hope.

Here's mine:



I made one large "bantu knot" and secured it with a large accessory comb. I was so afraid it would come undone!
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So my first day was um... pretty terrible. I missed my first class on Tuesday because of tonsillitis so naturally I was behind... Bah! I got called out for at least 2 or 3 of the major mistakes that folks were making and I was the example on what to do correctly. No wonder some people take private lessons. Intense stuff ballet is! It's harder than my graduate Land Use Planning class >.<

Oh well haha practice makes perfect right?
Don't sweat the small stuff. Being corrected in dance class is actually a good thing or so I've been told. That way you always have something to improve/build upon.
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So my first day was um... pretty terrible. I missed my first class on Tuesday because of tonsillitis so naturally I was behind... Bah! I got called out for at least 2 or 3 of the major mistakes that folks were making and I was the example on what to do correctly. No wonder some people take private lessons. Intense stuff ballet is! It's harder than my graduate Land Use Planning class >.<

Oh well haha practice makes perfect right?

Here is what my hair looked like without the flower accessory

Week Old Bun

Week Old Bun 2
Your hair looks cute! And I understand - I used to get so upset when I would get corrected, especially when we were off the barre and you have to dance in front of everyone across the floor. But at the same time, at least your teacher doesn't think you are a lost cause, lol, 'cause they just leave those girls alone.
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Hi ya'll i am 13 years old and have been doing ballet since I was 2. The easiest and prettiest way to do a bun is by putting your hair in a ponytail..my hair is really curly and 3b long hair, so I don't do a wet bun. Anyways, back to the steps.

Step1- pull hair back into a high or middle ponytail.
Step 2- either wet ponytail or leave it alone to make a curly cute bun.
Step 3- twist bun, but make sure to keep your handaround it in order to make the bun flat and NOT doorknobby. (This step is very important)

Step 3- pin as you twist in order to also get a flat bun
BTW- in order to pin correctly- stick the pin in first to where it is sticking up, then tuck it under.

Step 4- (I don't usually do this step for class because my bun sometimes has little curls) Wrap a hair net around your bun and put more pins in to make your hair more secure.
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Also something that helped me when I got upset becasue of my corrections- I later learned that they correct you becasue they WANT you to get better, so I kind of get upset when they DONT CORRECT ME sometimes. But then I learned that I dance for myself and JESUS!!!!!
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