Gymnastics Hair Bun Guide (Step by Step)

Guide Overview

This guide will teach you step by how to make the perfect gymnastics hair bun.

We’ve asked experienced rhythmic gymnastics coach to share some of her best tips, to make it last through the competition.


Materials Needed to Make a Hair Bun

Before you get started make sure to have the following products nearby.

1) Hair Spray or Gel

2) 2 Hair Bands

3) Hair Net (Should Match Hair Color)

4) Hair Clips

5) Hair Bobby Pins

6) Comb

7) *Optional* Decoration Hair Pins

Optionally you can purchase the Jenerg hair bun kit that has everything you need to get started. Made from quality materials.

Where to Position the Hair Bun

Step 1

The first step is to set the placement for the ponytail. An easy way to know how to space your hair bun is by having the athlete place their palm from the middle of their forehead and make a ponytail where their fingertips end.


Step 1 of Making a Gymnastics Hair Bun, Position the Pony Tail

Step 2

To minimize bumps/frizz we use a comb and hair spray. Spray around the ponytail and comb the hair towards the pony tail. It is better to do this while the hairspray is still slightly wet (if it dries, then combing and making the hair bun becomes more difficult).

Hair Spray being used on Gymnastics Hair Bun Prep

How to Minimize Hair Frizz

Step 3

After combing all the hair towards the pony tail we remove our hair bands and redo the pony tail again. This helps ensure that there is no frizz and leaves our finished bun looking neat and careful. We use two hair bands and make 3 loops with our ponytail to keep our ponytail tight, this also helps the bun last longer even after physical activity. The most important part of making a hair bun is to make sure that the pony tail is not loose and does not move. 

Make a Clean Gymnastics Pony Tail

Check to make sure the ponytail is tight and centered before moving onto the next step. Just for safe measure we will take the ends of the pony tails and pull them a little bit towards the athlete. Add a little more hair spray and comb it towards the pony tail one more time. 

If you find parts of the hair are having a hard time staying under the pony tail then you can take a bobby pin to help keep the hair flat and neat. 

Little Trick to Maximize Volume

Step 4

For a fuller hair bun split the ponytail into different sections and tease them slightly in the direction towards the beginning of the pony tail. This provides a fuller look for the hair bun with more volume. bun which is a great tip for those with thinner hair.

Tightening Preparation for Gymnastics Hair Bun

Making the Gymnastics Hair Bun

Step 5

Pull out the pony tail again and slowly start twisting the pony tail as you go in a circular motion around the point where the hair bands are. As you start wrapping the pony tail around the bun keep twisting it to maintain a tight bun.

Twisting the Gymnasts Pony Tail

As you start reaching the end keep twisting the pony tail and form it underneath the main bun. After you’ve finished making the hair bun add another hair clip or clips to hold the bun in place. 

Adding Hair Pins for Gymnasts Bun

Adding the Hair Net

Step 6

With our hair bun in place we now use a hair net that matches similar to the models hair color and apply it to help again secure some single hairs that may have come out of place. We wrap the hair net over the bun 2-3 times but ideally as tight as possible. 

Coach Adding Blonde Hair Net to Athlete

We can now remove the hair pin we used to hold the bun in place. Using your hands and the hair net form the bun into the proper shape. 

Adding Hair Clips to Hair Bun Over Hair Net

Securing the Hair Bun

Step 7

Next take the pins again, enter them from the upper side of the bun and start pinning the bun down. Use multiple hair pins to pin the bun all around.

Pinning Hair Bun Down with Hair Clips

After adding all the pins, take hair spray and spray the hair down. Take the comb again and comb the hair again towards the bun. 

Combing After Hair Net

Finishing Steps

Step 8

The hardest steps are down. Now we secure and design the hair near the hair bun with hair clips. I like to use hair clips that can match the models uniform or leotard. 

Securing Hair Bun with Hair Clips

Once you added that hair clips all around add a final round of hair spray to keep everything in place. add more hair spray and pat or brush any stray hairs into place.

Colorful Clips with Gymnastics Hair Bun

Now we have a finished hair bun ready for competition or training.

What FIG Says About Hair/ Conclusion

When looking at USAG & FIG rules we didn’t find a lot of information regarding penalties or specific rules. Below we added a copy of what we did find in the rules that simply says “the hair style must be neat and trim.” 

Gymnastics Hair Rules FIG Highlighted

Image taken from FIG rules here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our gymnastics hair bun guide.

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  • Vera Kostina
    March 15, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Best rhythmic gymnastics tutorial ever. Thank you so much for creating it.

  • Inna Plekhanov
    March 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

    I was always wondering how to make a great hair bun for gymnastics. This is a great rg blog. Keep up the great work.

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