Your class’s assigned recital hair is listed on your Recital Instruction sheet that came packaged with your costume. Here is a more detailed view of what we’re looking for with each style:

Low Bun

This is the most common style for recital. Dancers should pull their hair into a ponytail and the base of their neck and secure with a ponytail holder. Keep a 3-4 inch part on the dancer’s left side. Smooth with a comb and use plenty of hairspray. If you have trouble with flyaways, pull your hair up while it’s wet and then use gel.

After creating a smooth and secure ponytail, wrap the hair into a bun and secure with plenty (8+) hairpins. Hairpins will make your task much easier than trying to use bobbypins.

Finally, cover the bun with a hairnet that matches your hair color. Double or tripple the hairnet over your bun.

Half Up, Half Down

Pull the front section back into a ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder. Hold with hairspray or gel.

Unless otherwise stated, dancers may wear bangs.

High Ponytail

Slick and smooth your hair back into a high ponytail. It should sit high enough that it’s visible from the front. Use plenty of hairspray or gel so there are no flyaways in the front.

Pigtails

Part your hair down the middle. Pull each side into a ponytail that sits high on the head, just behind your dancer’s ears. Secure with a ponytail holder. Smooth with a comb and use plenty of hairspray or gel to prevent flyaways.

High Bun

You will need lots of hairspray or gel for this style. It is generally easier to do on damp hair.

Slick and smooth your hair into a high ponytail. Secure with a ponytail holder. There should not be a part. Spray with hairspray.

Roll the hair into a bun securing with hairpins (much easier to use than bobbypins). On shorter hair, you may need to add bobbypins to the hair below the bun to keep it up. Spray with hairspray again.

Wrap bun with a hairnet that matches your hair color. Double or tripple hairnet as needed.

The perfect high bun is visible from the front. Not sitting on top of the head, but just peaking over.

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