little ballerina hairstyles

One of the hardest things to deal with as a parent is your daughter’s hair. Either you do not have the time, or they do not have the patience nor want to have their hair done by mom, dad or even grandma, let alone the hairdresser! Luckily there are a few hairstyles that are quick and easy to do that will last most of the day.

Buns are practical for ballet class, and it is usually a part of the uniform. While there are multiple ways of making a ballet bun, there are other types of fun hairstyles that will get your little ballerina even more excited for dance class.

Some of the hairstyles listed below will be better for straight type hair versus curly but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful with your curly headed sunshine. While sleek and straight hair is essentially easier to do, certain hairstyles are more likely to come down throughout the day, therefore reinforcements such as hairspray or moose are needed. However, if you are a parent who loves buns and you will do nothing else besides buns, then take away this tip on making said ballerina bun: Use a hair donut! There are multiple sizes and colors, so as hair grows you can switch them out. Ballet Buns are much easier to do and can be very efficient for a smooth look that matches the entire little ballerina outfit.

With all that being said, let's talk about these hairstyles already!

#1 - French Braid

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The first hairstyle we are covering is the traditional French braid. You can simply make the braid all the way down the middle or split the hair down the middle and make two braids. With a French braid, you can readjust if needed easily as long as the base of the braid is strong. Once you secure the first couple of braid twists, the rest of the hair is ready to be styled. This hairstyle is usually extra successful for long hair. It gets it out of the face, keeps it from being tangled, and supports a clean look. You can get creative and do a French style diagonal across the hair then wrap and tuck the end with a few bobby pins to give the illusion it is in a complicated bun. The fun part about French braids is that they look complicated and beautiful; when in reality it is quick and easy to master. So, feel free to have fun with it! Your little ballerina will definitely appreciate it.


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#2 - Half Up Half Down

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This is my favorite and I do this hairstyle almost everyday! Seriously. It is ideal for short hair because it takes little to no time to accomplish. You can wrap the “ half up” part of the hair and make a tiny bun for all you bun lovers. Accent this style with cute clips or fun hair ties for your little ballerina and she will get plenty of compliments. Whether you are dealing with straight, curly or wavy hair, this can be a quick hair do. Multiple hair ties will reinforce thick long hair. The best part about this style is that you get to highlight half of your hair, while tucking the other half away from the face so your daughter can be as active as she needs to be during the day and is ready for ballet class no matter what.

# 3 - High Ponytail Braid Roll

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This is probably the easiest for long hair whether straight, wavy or curly. Throw the hair up in a high and tight ponytail and prepare to be amazed! Once you have that ponytail up and centered, you do a regular three-strand braid all the way to the end of the hair. You then roll up the hair, like a fruit roll-up and pin it with bobby pins. You have your swirly and braid hair pinned up and away from the face. Long hair will do this hairstyle justice and allow for multiple styles in one. Whenever you need to start dance class, just wrap and tuck it anyway you want, and you have a fancy looking bun within seconds!

#4 - Upside Down Dutch Braid

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Any hair type will do for this hairstyle. Have your daughter sit on a chair and get comfortable on the floor. With the upside-down angle, you comb the hair to avoid entanglement. Divide the base of the hair into three equal strands and start braiding like an inverted French braid grabbing an additional strand from the edge of the hair alternating sides and join that strand with the middle braid strand. This may take a few attempts and is not the easiest braiding, but once done correctly, you will have a unique hairstyle that allows you to do whatever you need to do and look fabulous at the same time.

#5 - Waterfall

waterfall hairstyle

We always thought this hairstyle was super complicated to do, but it turns out, it is just a bit tougher for curly hair. Ideally for straight hair, this style can be accomplished in a few ways; depending on how many layers you would like to do.

As you braid you let one of the three strands go and pick up an additional strand like you would when you’re making a French braid, but sideways towards the center of the head. This hairstyle is best for straight hair since the third strand needs to fall down.  You can do as many layers as you want with reinforcements of tight bobby pins.

This style is elegant and picture perfect for your little ballerinas. Your little one will truly be jazzed! With all these styles, you need reinforcements and tips. After all, hair is not the easiest to maintain. So, if you have a fidgety little ballerina (which is the majority of dancers) it is helpful to keep their hands busy during hairstyle time. Perhaps have them attempt a Rubik’s cube, or better yet practice their port de bras while you fix their hair. 

Something to keep in mind as you attempt some or all of these 5 hairstyles is what kind of bobby pins work for your ballerina’s hair. Believe it or not, not all bobby pins work the same, nor should be used for all purposes. Head to your local Walgreens or CVS and get a variety pack to test out different ones for your dancer’s hair.

We hope you enjoyed learning about different hairstyles for your little ballerinas and try at least one of these styles or even tips. You will become a pro at styling your daughter's hair in no time! 

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Stelle World


I have long hair need to know other ballet

hair styles besides the Hair Bun and French Roll

or French Twist.

Thank you
Cheryl Meade

— Cheryl