Ballet buns go way back in history, all the way to Greece, and they were worn by ballet dancers who needed their hair away from their faces so that it would not interfere with their dancing. The ballet bun could be high, low, or mid; the most important thing was to keep the hair neatly away from the face. In contemporary times, the ballet bun isn’t just worn by ballerinas but by everyone, including curly-haired girls. And if there’s one thing Curlies love to do, it’s to get creative and add a bit of tweak here and there to a hairstyle.
Are you ready to channel your inner ballerina and try this trendy style? Here are 12 ways to spice up your ballet bun hairstyle, whether you’re wearing braids or your hair is down.
1. Twisted High Ballet Bun
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A hairstyle in a class of its own, this is created by first getting your hair laid into an updo with a brush and hair gel, attaching an extension to the knot/bun, creating a twist, and finally rolling it around your natural knot/bun to sit firm and pretty on your hair.
2. Braided Bun
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You’ve got cornrow braids in? Yes, you can wrap up the ends in a ballet bun.
3. Double Tic-Tac-Toe Ballet Buns
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Just as its name implies, the Bobby pins carefully and neatly placed by the sides of each bun imitate the layout of the tic-tac-toe game.
4. Jumbo Pumpkin Ballet Bun
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For the girl with the full curly hair, this ballet bun hairstyle is created by sectioning the updo into ponytails and then giving their ends neat tucks.
5. High Ballet Bun
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Simple and classy, it involves sweeping the hair into a high bun and tucking the ends in.
6. Low Ballet Bun
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The opposite technique of the high ballet bun, is done by brushing the hair down low and wrapping the ends in a bun.
7. Feathered Bun
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Add a little flair to your ballet bun by leaving pieces out to give it a messy look.
8. Low Ballet Bun With Flat Twists
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Jazz up your low ballet bun by incorporating flat twists into the hairstyle.
9. Donut Bun Maker for Short Hair
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Ballet buns are as open to curlies with short hair as those with medium/long hair. With a donut bun maker, you can create the perfect ballet bun on your short hair.
10. Low Twisted Ballet Bun
This involves twisting the ends of your low ponytail and wrapping them into a bun.
11. Stitch Braids With Braided Bun
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The ends of a stitch braids cornrow can be bothersome as they touch your neck. What to do? Wrap those ends into a ballet bun!
12. BALLET BUN WITH HEAD SCARF
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Sometimes, you need one colorful head scarf to take your ballet bun look from 10 to 100.
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