Braided Ballet Bun: How to Create This Chic Low-Heat Updo

One style all year round? Yes, it's possible!

If you’re looking for a low-heat, protective, no-fuss hairstyle that you probably can (actually, we know you will) wear ALL season long, look no further than the braided ballet bun hairstyle. What hairstyle is better than a bun to protect your ends from the damaging effects of the environment, as well as keep you away from the heat styling tools on a daily basis? We’re currently obsessing over ballerina buns, so we’ve decided to give the pretty coiled updo a bit of an update with a braid.

Read on as we demonstrate how you can make a braided ballet bun at home in under 10 minutes or less.

Step 1

Start clean and add shine for a braided ballet bun.

For us, we prefer to create hairstyles like this braided ballet bun style on clean hair. This is not to say you can’t do it on lived-in hair! However, if you want a polished look, start on freshly washed locks. Wash hair with Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil and  Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner set. to ensure you’ll have a straight and sleek finish after drying especially since we’re skipping the flat-iron step. Blow-dry your hair straight, then add a few drops of a shine serum or oil, like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil.

braided ballet bun add product
Step 2

Brush through hair.

After blow-drying hair straight, add a few drops of a shine serum or an oil, like Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil. Brush through your hair with a boar-bristled brush to detangle and to evenly spread any product you’ve added to your strands in the previous step.

braided ballet bun: brush hair
Step 3

Create a ponytail.

To start the braided ballet bun, brush your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

braided ballet bun: ponytail
Step 4

Create two braids.

Split your ponytail into two equal sections. Tightly braid each of your sections down to the ends and secure with a hair elastic to prevent unraveling.

braided ballet bun: braid hair
Step 5

Wrap your first braided section.

To start creating the bun, take one braid and wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Next, secure this with a hairpin.

braided ballet bun: wrap ends
Step 6

Wrap second braid to finishing the braided ballet bun.

Take your second braid and repeat.

braided ballet bun: wrap second braid
Step 7


There you have it: A neat and chic braided ballet bun that you can wear all season long no matter the occasion.

braided ballet bun final

Loved this braided ballet bun look? Want to try your hand at more versatile hairstyles? Go for this vintage and transitional half updo hairstyle.

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