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A Braided Ballerina Bun Hair Tutorial

Hey guys! If you’re new here, my name is Abby and I own the site Twist Me Pretty, where I have over a hundred hairstyle tutorials, and a fabulous how-to book called The Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook: Everyday Hairstyles for the Everyday Girl! I am excited to announce I’m working with Ulysses Press for a second hairstyle book that’s going back to the basics and offering over 50 new twists on the modern braid!

This style will be in the new book and is one of the more challenging styles. Don’t let that scare you away though, because I’ve spelled out every step and made it super simple to follow along!

You are going to need a chignon or sock bun for this tutorial. You will also need to know how to do a one-sided Dutch French braid. Quick refresher course — with a Dutch French braid, you are braiding the outer sections under the middle section instead of over like in a regular French braid. And with it being one-sided … well, that just means you’re only adding in a new section of hair to one side instead of both. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

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    Throw your hair up in a high pony and get your chignon or sock bun ready. You can buy a chignon at any beauty supply store or make your own using a sock.

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    Put your ponytail through the hole of the chignon

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    Waterfall your hair over the chignon

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    Tie an elastic band over the chignon, securing your hair around the chignon. It should look like a breakfast donut. Don't get hungry on me now — it's time to focus!

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    Now take a small section of hair from the front and divide it into three sections.

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    The outermost section goes under the middle, and the innermost section goes under the middle.

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    Now add a new section of hair to the outermost strand, and then braid it under the middle section. Braid the innermost section under the middle WITHOUT adding any new hair to it. Repeat by adding a new section of hair to the outermost section and braiding it under the middle. 

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    You want to keep the braid tight and as close to the base of the bun as possible.  There's nothing like going through all that only to have the braid all wonky and have to start over. So keep it tight, and braid close to the base of the bun.

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    At some point, you're going to have to switch your fingers around and start braiding up. Don't psych yourself out. Repeat the steps out loud and your fingers will quickly catch on. It's just a matter of knowing your steps and slowing down to do it right.

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    Once you get to the end of the braid, tie it off with a clear elastic. Tuck the ends of the braid up inside the elastic that's holding your ponytail.

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    Put your entire hand over the bun, and remove the elastic with your other hand. You are basically transferring the elastic from your bun to your wrist.

Go ahead and finish this style off by spraying down any flyaways. If you have a bunch of those annoying little hairs at the nape of your neck, comb them into the hair and pin them down. You can pull out any fringe, and if you have straight across bangs, please please leave them down! Oh so pretty!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, come visit my style gallery at Twist Me Pretty!

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