HOW-TO: A Deconstructed Braided Ballerina Bun
This multi-textured, braided ballerina bun is fun to try on a client looking for a new way to wear their hair up.
“I love the idea of looking at hair as a fabric and created this ballerina bun as a shape-over-shape mixed medium concept that looks like overlapping lace," says Ruth Roche, creator of this style and both founder and creative director at RARE Salon in NYC. " Smooth and textured sections of hair were used to create see through and opaque sections that mirror lace,” explains Roche. “You could also weave a ribbon or frayed fabric (like the rag-tied Chanel ponytails) through the braid, just use it as one of the three sections,” adds Roche.
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STEP 1: Dry hair with Pureology Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist and a round brush to create volume.
STEP 2: Secure hair into a ponytail at the crown, leaving out a 2” section from the ponytail to create 3-strand braids.
STEP 3: Place a hair form (donut) around the ponytail to give shape and pull the edges of the braids away from the center, creating a flatter wider braid with fuzz for a lace-like look.
STEP 4: Pin each braid over the surface, covering the entire shape and set with Pureology Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray to lock in all the work.
STEP 5: If you need additional braids, use hair wefts in a matching color and braid with the same technique. Tuck the weft edge that you want to hide under another braid, then arrange braid and pin.