The ballerina bun is pretty, elegant, and convenient. But do you know just how far back the bun goes? It's not only done for convenience, nor is that how it originated.

The ballet has been around since the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, but hair buns can be traced back to Ancient Greece. They were called the "Greek knot," a low bun at the nape of the neck typically adorned with jewelry. These hair buns were used as a status symbol. In Chinese history, a woman's hair bun revealed her marital status (married women wore their hair in a bun while unmarried women wore it in a plait).

The bun re-emerged into fashion during the Regency period of the 1800's. As can be seen in Pride and Prejudice and other films of the Jane Austen era, elegant updos and buns were popular among the middle- and upper-classes. The women wanted to imitate the classic look of Rome and Ancient Greece, so even though they would have long hair, they consistently wore it up in a high bun.

For ballerinas, the look is to keep the women looking elegant and put-together, so that the focus can be solely on their dancing. This hairstyle has certainly had a resurgence over the past decade or so, due to its timeless elegance. It isn't difficult to put your hair in a ballerina bun, and you're guaranteed to look gorgeous. There are also tons of variations on the bun worth trying, you don't ever have to look the same twice!

Click through the gallery above to see some photos of the history of the ballerina bun!

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