How to Do a Toddler Ballerina Bun

by Rosenya Faith

Your toddler's hair can be difficult to deal with. Quite often, toddlers have fine, limp hair, which makes certain hairstyles difficult to maintain. Unless you have a youngster who has grown a thick head of hair, you're going to have to fudge a little bit on the traditional ballerina bun style. If you are struggling with the traditional ballerina bun, these tips may help.

Items you will need

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair donut
  • Hairpins

Sneaky Hair Help

Step 1

Brush your youngster's hair upward above the crown of her head. Secure it in a high ponytail with an elastic hair tie. You can secure the bun high on her head for a more contemporary bun, or you can follow the traditional bun style — brush your child's hair toward the back of her head, in between her crown and the nape of her neck, and secure the elastic hair tie there.

Sneaky Hair Help

Step 2

Slide a hair donut over your child's hair and over the top of the elastic hair tie. A hair donut is a foam chignon ring that is round and made from a fluffy, spongy material that provides fullness. You can pick one up at most beauty supply stores.

Sneaky Hair Help

Step 3

Wrap your child's hair loosely around the hair donut to form the bun. This tactic will also keep the hair accessory out of sight. Tuck the ends of your child's hair beneath the donut and secure any hair stragglers with hairpins. Spray a small amount of hairspray to secure fly-away hair.

Au Natural

Step 1

Brush your child's hair toward the crown of her head and secure it with an elastic hair tie.

Au Natural

Step 2

Spray a light coat of hairspray down the length of your child's hair. Use a flexible hold spray so you can keep working with her hair. If she squirms when you apply the hair spray, keep in mind that you can always go without.

Au Natural

Step 3

Separate the length of your child's hair gently with your fingers. At this point, her ponytail should be wide. Twist the length gently, keeping as much width as you can. Twist the hair three of four more times.

Au Natural

Step 4

Wrap the twisted hair tightly around the hair elastic at her crown. Coil it around the elastic until it forms a neat bun. Stick in a few hairpins as you go to secure the coil. Tuck the ends of her hair under the bun and secure with one more hairpin.

Au Natural

Step 5

Spray a little hairspray on the bun and then have your child shake her head a bit to make sure the bun is secure. Find the source of any loose areas, and add extra hairpins.

Tip

  • If you are having a hard time securing the bun, cover it with a ballet bun hair net and secure with hairpins.

References

About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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