Half Up Ballerina Bun

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It’s Friday
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
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Casey Shreve says · 03.19.12

Love this! I was needing a cute hair style to travel today! Perfect! Thank you!

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collettakay says · 03.19.12

Very cute! I just started following your blog and have loved looking back over your previous posts!

Have a blessed week!

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Lori B. says · 03.19.12

I’m blown away by how much lift you get from teasing your hair. Mine doesn’t do that at all, even with a root lifter!

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Thecrazytwo says · 03.19.12

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?

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Krystina says · 03.19.12

What is the difference between professional bobby pins and regular bobby pins? I love your blog!

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

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.

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

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.

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Sarah Ledbetter says · 03.19.12

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!!

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Kate says · 03.19.12

I use bronze pins. They may look black against my hair, but they are definitely bronze!

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emily ressegue says · 03.19.12

I love this! Just another fun style of yours to work into my hair styling que.Today I did your “elegant half up”. Woot!

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

I LOVE that vest!!! 🙂

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Heather says · 03.19.12

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!

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Laura says · 03.19.12

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!!

Laura

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

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.
Thanks!

Stephanie

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luckygirl says · 03.19.12

I have that sparkly top! I need to pair it with that color what a great idea- I love that look!

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Michelle says · 03.19.12

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

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Jamie says · 03.19.12

Cute!

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Shoni says · 03.19.12

So so cute!

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Steph says · 03.19.12

I was able to find those bobby pins you recommend on amazon. What a difference they make!

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

Another adorable look!

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Blue Dog Belle says · 03.19.12

You love BEAUTIFUL! Love the color combo!

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Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) says · 03.19.12

I love wearing mine like this. So fun and easy. It’s too funny because I have the same picture of my hair like this ready for a post, but yours is MUCH cuter than mine. 😉

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Anonymous says · 03.19.12

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!

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Unknown says · 03.19.12

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??

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Amanda says · 03.19.12

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?

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The Bozemans says · 03.19.12

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

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Kate says · 03.23.12

11 compliments! Dang girl! 🙂

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Christen says · 03.19.12

If only my hair were just a little longer! It’s getting there… ;>

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Amanda says · 03.20.12

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.

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newbalancenicole.com says · 03.20.12

Love this look! And your outfit is SO pretty!

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Anonymous says · 03.20.12

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.
Liz

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Georgia says · 03.20.12

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.

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Hollind says · 03.20.12

I wear this a lot. I also put the bun on the side. It’s cute that way too.

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The Lovely Mrs. P says · 03.21.12

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!
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Anna says · 03.28.12

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 🙂
http://Www.Annalivoni.blogspot.com

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Danielle says · 04.13.12

Love this hairstyle, Kate! I’ve been trying to do something like this for awhile and now I know how to execute it! 🙂

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Jessica says · 04.13.12

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! 🙂

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Anonymous says · 05.12.12

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 🙂
Melissa
from Wisconsin

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emotionalwench says · 10.03.12

This is one of my favorite hair tutorials you’ve done…I’ve been wearing it a lot lately. So pretty and simple. Thanks!

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