How to Create an Easy, Messy Ballet Bun in 5 Steps

Having a bad hair day? Throw your hair into a high, messy bun! Less structured than a traditional ballet bun, this look incorporates loose curls to create texture and volume. This hairstyle is very simple to create, making it perfect for busy moms on the go. In fact, this look is completed in only 5 easy steps and should take less than a half hour from start to finish, including the time it takes for your curls to set. I’ve used a roller set to add bend to my hair. Don’t worry if you don’t have a roller set; you can easily substitute a curling iron and pin curl clips. Curl sections with your iron and then clip in place while they cool.

View the step-by-step instructions for the easy messy ballet bun below.

  • Easy Messy Ballet Bun Tutorial 1 of 8
  • Gather Materials 2 of 8

    For this style, you will need:

  • Set Curls 3 of 8

    You'll want to start by setting your hair in curls. The placement of your rollers or pinned curls isn't too important; you just want to add some bend to your locks. Smooth each section with a comb and spritz with hairspray prior to rolling. If you need more instruction on how to set your hair, follow these instructions for an easy roller set. Wait for the rollers or curls to cool completely. This should take about 15 minutes. If you live in a cool climate, step outside for a minute to speed up this process.


  • Release Curls 4 of 8

    Once hair has completely cooled, remove all of your rollers or pin curl clips.

  • Tie Ponytail 5 of 8

    Gather your hair on top of your head into a high ponytail and secure with a small hair band.

  • Pin Ponytail Forward 6 of 8

    Push your ponytail forward and down so that it is lying flat to the top of your head. Pin to secure and cross your pins for strength.

  • Gather Ends & Pin 7 of 8

    Loosely gather your curls and wrap them around the base of your ponytail. Pin the shape down and complete with a final dose of hairspray.

  • Voila! 8 of 8

    That was easy, right? Admire your work and prepare yourself for compliments on your cute hairstyle.

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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