How to Tie Your Hair Into a Tight Bun With a Rubber Band

by S.R. Becker ; Updated July 18, 2017

Make a tight bun like a ballerina with the right comb.

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Female ballet students know the importance of the perfect bun. While it's easy to tie your hair into a messy chignon with just a rubber band, a tight ballerina bun is slightly more challenging. Using the right comb instead of a brush or your fingers can provide the security you need to make a clean, neat bun that will stay up all day without stray hairs getting in your face.

Slightly dampen your hair either in the shower or with a spray bottle full of water. For extra hold and protection from alcohol-based hair gels, work a bit of leave-in conditioner in your hair or add a squirt of your regular conditioner to the water in the spray bottle.

Add hair gel to your hair for more control. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may need to add more or less gel. For fine or thin hair, dip your fingers in the gel and smooth your fingers over your hair as you comb.

Comb your hair away from your face and into a tight ponytail with a fine-tooth comb. Secure the ponytail with the ponytail band.

Twist your ponytail tightly and wrap it in a coiled bun shape around the hair band.

Tuck the end of the ponytail underneath the bun and secure it all the way around with bobby pins.


  • Use a covered ponytail band instead of a regular rubber band to prevent breakage and tangles. Use open hairpins instead of regular bobby pins to hold more of your hair.

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About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.