Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you.
Adult Ballet Hairstyles
A classic ballet bun is always beautiful and the most classic look for any ballerina. As adult beginners, we get a little more leeway when it comes to different hairstyles that we can wear. But it’s still important to keep your hair out of your face and baby hairs under control. The most annoying this is taking a class and constantly having to push your hair out of your face.
I have some favorite looks that I will be sharing and some tips on finding the perfect hair-do for you whether you are a student or a ballet teacher.
Supplies (aka Bobby Pins!)
Behind every ballerina is an arsenal of bobby pins and hair ties. To get that classic ballet bun, you need to make sure you have hair ties, bobby pins, and even a hair net if you really want to manage flyaways. Personally, I don’t use a hair net because I practice at home but it can be great to have if you are at a more strict studio.
I made the switch to clear spiral hair ties a while ago and my hair keeps thanking me. It has reduced damage and breakage to my hair so much. This is great for class and also for rocking the mom bun all day. I was scared to use them at first because I thought they would tangle my long hair, but they don’t! 100% recommend you make the switch if you haven’t already.
I go through so many bobby pins you would think I was a professional dancer. I either lose them or I swear my head eats them. My husband, claims that I leave trails around the house on purpose. Either way, I have these on constant re-order. I have two favorite different types I like; the traditional bobby pin and the wide bun pins. I use both when creating my hairstyles and find that its good to have a mix of these on hand.
A hair net is a good option if you are looking for that ultra sleek look, are performing, or attend a studio with a more strict dress code. I personally don’t use them because all my classes are online. Some dancers can get away with only using a hair net to secure there hair versus using bobby pins all over. I always suggest giving it a try to see if its something that you like.
Adult Ballet Class Hairstyles
I have 3 go to looks for ballet class; a low or high bun, french twist, and a braided bun. I find all of these quick, and easy to master. This is geared toward ballerinas with long hair. I don’t have short hair so can’t speak to the best styles for you.
Whether you are doing a low classic bun or a high bun, this is always a good choice for class. It’s super easy and most of the time my hair is already half way their, anybody else rocking the mom bun all day?
Lazy Dancer Tips, has a great YouTube video showing how to do the classic low bun style. Check it out here.
The ballet french twist is such a pretty hairstyle for class but can be one of the harder ones to master. Just keep practicing and you will get it. It took me couple times to get comfortable recreating this look. The great thing is, that this hairstyle is not only great for class but for any evening occasion! Or if you are just trying to be fancy while cleaning the house.
Lazy Dancer Tips, has another great YouTube video showing you how to do this french twist style. Here is the video.
Ballet Bun with a Braid
I love a braided bun because it think it just adds more texture to a classic ballet bun. This is a cute look that is perfect for class or around the house. This is not as hard as the french twist but does take some practice especially if you are new to braiding.
I love Natalie Orr’s YouTube video showing different ways to incorporate a dutch braid into your bun for a unique twist on adult ballet hairtsyles. You can watch it here.
At Home Conditioning Hairstyles
If I’m doing pilates, yoga, PBT, or another conditioning type of class then sometimes I wear my hair in a more relaxed style. This usually means leaving it in the ponytail I was already wearing or a messy ballerina bun. This is the definition of an easy hairstyle and means that you don’t need any pins. Just one hair tie and 5 seconds.
Fun Extras for Adult Ballet Hairstyles
I’m all about mixing it up and having fun with your hair. If you are home alone like I am, then it can be even extra fun to add some cute things to your hair. This is great if you are taking a masterclass, workshop, or even for normal class. Just make sure everything is tight and won’t fall out.
Scrunchies are so cute to throw over your ballet bun, and are trending right now. A really popular scrunchie is this set from Amazon, with almost 13,000 positive reviews. By the way, who is leaving reviews on a scunchie? I want to know who you are. Let’s be friends. They come in so many cute colors and are at a really good price point!
Personally, the only time I have worn sparkly pins in my hair is for fancy occasions, BUT I love the idea of adding these to my hairstyles. I think it makes it look very elegant. I have been eyeing these crystal pins and pearl pins. I think they would look great with a classic ballet hairstyle.
Crown or Tiara
Okay, here me out on this one. It may seem extra, but I think is so great to have when learning variations. Even if you are performing for a crowd of one (aka your husband or kids), it’s still fun. It will give you all the ballerina aesthetics and put you more into your role. You can find lots of cheap options on Amazon. I love this crown and this ballet tiara. Be brave, and add this to your collection. Plus, then you can participate in Tiara and Tutu Tuesday.
Here is a checklist if you are looking for what exactly to bring to your first ballet class. I bet you can guess what is on it hint hint: Bobby Pins.
Did I miss any adult ballet hairstyles? Comment below or send me a DM on Instagram @pliesandbooks of your favorite hairstyles for class. If you are looking for more style tips, check out this post of my favorite adult warm up clothes for class.
Leave a Reply