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The ballerina bun: from barre to the street

Always on point and always impeccable, this elegant bun did not become a classic by chance. Dance companies twirling their way around the world show why it's the ultimate feminine hairstyle.

A prima ballerina hairstyle for a premiere look

Today, the ballerina bun is taking over the street and the red carpet. Of course, it's only natural that a look created to dazzle under the spotlights would move from the stage to the street. The reason for its success? The combination of the simplicity with which it opens up the face – exposing the neck, ears, temples and forehead – as well as its structured form, which gives the face added sophistication and softness.

A rounded bun for an oval face

There's another reason why we love the ballerina bun, beyond the flattering way it reveals the face. A further advantage, according to Denis Holbecq, a talented stylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, is that 'the ballerina bun is ideal for adding femininity to an androgynous outfit, like a tuxedo, as it emphasizes the feminine traits of your face. Oval faces most suit this style.'

An update for the classic chignon

This classic dancer's chignon is one of a select group of timeless hairstyles that can be modernized. Our hair expert, Denis Holbecq, notes that the 'ballerina bun is more chic on darker hair, and more on-trend with a wet look'. Would you hang up your point shoes for a mermaid's tail?

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