How To Make The Perfect Dance Bun

Tis the season, as recitals near you most likely will be required to put your child’s hair into a bun. Ballet is almost always a bun must have, but the high bun is popular in jazz and tap now too! There are a number of ways in which you can make a proper dance bun so it’s best to check with the teacher first to see if they require a specific bun style. If not the best type of bun making option often comes down to the type of hair your child has and personal preference. Here we will share with you the top three bun making options as well as all the steps to create it and a video tutorial for each. Here at Gabie's all of our staff are bun making experts so if you need some help or tips pop in and we'd be happy to help, we've even been known to put in the odd bun en route to recital. We've also got all the bun making supplies you need in stock. So read on and you to will be a bun expert!

Let's Get Started

All buns start with the same first step; securing the hair into a cleanly slicked back ponytail. We recommend dampening your child’s hair with a spray bottle of water and then adding gel to the hair. You will then want to brush the hair back into a ponytail at the height you would like the bun to sit at and secure with a heavy duty hair elastic. You can finish the look by smoothing hair back with a fine toothed comb to make it neat and tidy and use hairspray or sparkle spray as necessary.

Bobby Pins vs Bun Pins: What's The Differance

You may not have even realized that two options existed but they do and there is a difference, what is it? We're glad you asked! A Bobby Pin is a light weight flat pin typically used for pinning back bangs,hair wisps or at the base of a hair style for security. Bun pins on the other hand are a heavier U shaped pin designed for securing the bun in place., they offer more flexability and hold for a hair style. Also because they are already "opened up" unlike a Bobby Pin they won't pop out when pinning things such as a bun. 

The Classic Bun
The classical ballet bun is a dancers staple, it can be done to almost any hair length and texture, however everyone’s bun will be slightly different sizes. Once you’ve slicked the hair back into a ponytail, you will start by gently twisting the hair and wrapping it around the base of the ponytail, making sure not to twist too tight (the bun should be relatively flat to the head). As you wrap it, secure the bun with bun pins. Once you are finished place a hairnet over the bun, twisting and overlapping if necessary to keep any loose ends or wispys secure.

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The Whirl-A-Style
The Whirl-A-Style gives you a perfect ballet bun in 30 seconds and is Dance Dad approved! Start by slicking hair back into a ponytail. Make sure the Whirl-A-Style is open (the two ends are unclipped) and the ends are facing out. Pull the ponytail through the slit in the middle of the Whirl-A-Style and proceed to slide the Whirl-A-Style down the ponytail. Once near the bottom of the hair, hold onto the two ends, and roll upwards until it reaches the base of the ponytail. You will want to clip the Whirl-A-Style closed downwards at the underside of the ponytail, and pull hair down from the top and sides of the bun to cover the visible part of the Whirl-A-Style, creating an even and round bun shape. How far down you pull the Whirl-A-Style on the length of the ponytail will vary from person to person, as you need to make sure the last upward roll is tight to the head, which is key for keeping the bun in place. Any shorter hairs or pieces that slip out can be pinned around the bun using bun pins. Wispys on the underside of the bun by the neck can be secured with gel or using bobby pins. Once you are finished place a hairnet over the bun, twisting and overlapping if necessary.

Bun Builders
Bun builders can be used on many hair types and lengths, but are especially useful for short, layered and/or fine hair. Start by slicking hair back into a ponytail. You will then pull the ponytail through the hole in the middle of the bun builder and pull the bun builder up to the base of the ponytail. To ensure a secure bun take four bun pins and secure to head, two on top and two on the bottom. Fan the hair over the bun builder in an even layer so it is completely covered (this is easiest to do if the dancer tilts her head forward). You will then take a hair elastic and carefully place it over the bun builder to secure the hair. Take any remaining hair and tuck around the sides of the bun using bun pins to secure in place.  Once you are finished place a hairnet over the bun, twisting and overlapping if necessary.  

Volia! You are now a bun expert. We hope this information helped but remember we're always here to help so if you're still not quite getting it or need a live tutorial just pop in we'll teach you one on one all the tricks of the trade. 
Happy Bun Making!

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