Let’s face it. At one point all of us had aspirations to be a ballerina. Who wouldn’t want to twirl around in a tutu and ballet slippers? For most, this dream is just that — a dream. However, just because we aren’t destined to star in Swan Lake doesn’t mean we can’t look the part. One way you can channel your inner ballerina princess is by donning the signature hairstyle. Makeup and hair pro Emma Willis of Contour Fossa shows us how to rock the braided ballerina bun so we can look every bit the part of a graceful dancer.

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Step 1. Section off a two-inch piece of hair from the front of your head. Pull the rest of your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band.

Step 2. Pull a 1/2-inch piece of hair from the front side and split into two separate pieces. Pull a 1/4-inch section out of the ponytail and start braiding with the other two pieces of hair.

Step 3. Continue braiding, using the French braid technique of gradually adding pieces to the braid as you work your way around the head. Stop once you have pulled all the hair from the pony.

Step 4. Wrap the braid into a bun and secure with bobby pins. For a fuller look, loosen the bun with your fingers. Finish the look by spraying the hairstyle with a strong-hold hairspray (we recommend L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray).

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Photographer: Joshua M. Shelton
Makeup: Emma Willis
Model: Deven Hopp