How To: Create The Perfect Ballerina Bun

With all the buzz surrounding “Black Swan”, the ballerina bun is back! Learn how to rock this simple yet sophisticated look in 5 easy steps by celebrity hairstylist Kevin Mancuso!

Ballerina bun tutorial

Step 1. This style works best on second-day hair. The natural oils from your scalp act as a natural smoothing agent and help this sleek style stay in place so skip the shampoo today.

Step 2. Slightly dampen hair and run a dime-size amount of Nexxus Sleek Finish Frizz Taming Silkening Lotion to lock-out frizz and flyaways.

Step 3. Brush hair neatly back off your face and secure in a high ponytail right where you want the bun to be.

Step 4. Comb through the ponytail to eliminate any frizz and then twist the tail portion into a tight rope and wrap around the ponytail base. Tuck ends in and use bobby pins to secure.

Step 5. Finish by lightly spray the bun and surrounding hair with a strong hold hairspray.

Extra Tip From Mancuso: “Make the ballerina bun your own by playing with different heights and varying degrees of tightness until you find the look that is most flattering.”

Like the ballerina look? Check out these ballerina makeup looks for more ideas!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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