Half Up Ballerina Bun

Today’s tutorial is a sleek and simple half up style that can be done on nearly any texture of hair. 
Although my hair is curled, don’t hesitate to try it on straight hair!

The bobby pins I use in this video are professional quality. The brand is “Diane”. Ask your stylist if he/she will sell you any professional quality pins, or you can search for some at Sally Beauty Supply or other beauty supply stores. 

Refer to this post to see what’s in my hair. 

Refer to this post to see how my hair is curled. 

Jeans: Favorite J.Crew jeans (Classic Flare); Sparkle top: J.Crew outlet Winter 2010; Sweater: Target Spring 2012; Jewelry: Elisabeth Ashlie


  1. says

    Same here!! Is there any way that I can get more lift? I try to tease with a root lifter in but it never seems to work very well :/ I have long light blonde hair and it would be so fun to do some styles and get lift at the crown:) any tips?

    • Anonymous says

      I recently learned the answer to thus question. I have very fine hair and my pins just kept slipping out. My hairstylist friend gave me two of her professional ones and they did the job much better than the three I had been using.

  2. Anonymous says

    I recently learned the answer to this question. I have very fine hair and my pins just kept slipping out. A hairstylist friend gave me two of her professional ones and they did the job much better than the three I had been using.

  3. Sarah Ledbetter says

    Hi Kate! I, too, recently discovered your blog, and am soooo in love! You are the cutest thing ever. :-)

    About your bobby pins–I have watched several of your tutorials this weekend. I was just wondering–why do you use black? Is that the only color that Diane makes?

    And if I ever come to NC, you are SO cutting my hair!!

  4. says

    Thank you, Kate, for teaching me how to curl my hair. Also, thank you for all of your hair style ideas, I tried something new yesterday (a loose twisted side pony) and got OODLES of compliments at church – the cashier at Lowe’s even said to my girls, “When was the last time you told your mom she’s beautiful? You should tell her more often because it’s true.” What a compliment from a total stranger!

  5. says

    You’re gorgeous!! That hairsyle is so nice – and I love your outfit. I’m going to have to give that pretty little bun a try!!


  6. Anonymous says

    Thank you Kate! Another adorable style. You said this would also work with straight hair. Please show some of your styles on straight hair. I could definitely use photos or tutorials of straight hair styles – up dos, half up dos, anything that would work with straight hair that’s your length.


  7. Michelle says

    Kate, how long is your hair when it isnt curled? Im looking for new styles but i think my hair is longer. ~Michelle

  8. Anonymous says

    Do you plan on any tutorials for shorter hair? I have a chin length layered bob and would love some ideas to change up the look while it’s growing. After seeing all your styles, I wish I hadn’t cut my hair!

  9. says

    How in the world do you use bobby pins without opening them with your teeth? Of course I hate doing that and with my thick hair they never stay in unless I criss cross them. Suggestions??

  10. says

    My daughter (age 15) has very thick, naturally curly hair. She wants to get more control over it and possibly create larger, softer curls. Is that possible with her type of hair and a curling iron?

  11. says

    KAAAAAAATTTEEE!!! I got my hair cut EXACTLY like yours this past weekend. I have a similar hair texture (a lot of fine hair) and I am blonde. Your hair is just super cute so I had to copy it. I brought your picture in and my hairstylist was able to give me a cut just like yours! I am thrilled and got 11 compliments at work today! Yes, I was counting. =) I just wanted to say thanks and that I will be practicing all of your wonderful, wonderful hairstyles! <3

  12. says

    Do you ever do hairstyles with mixed textures, say curls and crimped? I would love to see a tutorial on something fun and spunky for summer.

  13. Anonymous says

    Hey Kate! I am in love with your blog! I check it everyday! I can actually style my hair instead of blowing it under everyday! How do you feel about wen? I thought I’d give it a try to help my hair.

  14. says

    Love this cute style. I have a Mommy/Son dance this weekend and this style would be perfect. I too would love some tips on how to get lift at the crown of my hair.

  15. says

    Hi Kate, I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog!! I am a semi-retired hairstylist and I think you have done a fabulous job with your tutorials and explanations of these hairstyles. I plan on doing them all. My hair is fine and I think the clear bands will help my tremendously! Thanks for the tips! I featured your blog this morning! Love it!

  16. says

    Hi Kate, thank you for this tutorial (and the others)! I used it for the morning, then added a second ballerina twist below to turn it into an updo later in the day :) I find your blog very inspiring – especially on those exhausting days where it is easier to do a boring pony tail. I’m going to add a link to your blog from mine when I post a pic of my hair :)

  17. Jessica says

    Came across your blog “by accident” when I saw a pin on Pinterest. Tried this the other day and LOVED it. It wasn’t too tight and it stayed put all day! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us … your blog is great! :)

  18. Anonymous says

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and am addicted to it. I love all the tutorials! I have naturally curly thick hair and appreciate the tips on how to do some half up-do’s. Thanks so much! You do a very nice job and explain things very well. I’ll be a follower for sure :)
    from Wisconsin

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