Dear Katie: My Hairline is Receding Because of My Ballet Bun!

September 27, 2017

In our “Dear Katie” series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

My hairline is receding! I know this “ballerina baldness” comes from putting my hair in a tight bun every day. But we’re required to wear tight buns for class. What can I do?


Dear Liza,

Get creative with hairstyles that meet your school’s requirements but are kinder to your hair. Here’s one to try: Section off the front part of your hair, near your hairline. Put the rest of your hair in a tight ponytail and create a bun. Then, pin the front sections to the back, securely but without tugging at them. If your teacher allows it, you can also try a French twist, which keeps the back of your hair tight while leaving the front a little looser.

Here’s a trick that saved me at New York City Ballet: Wet your hair down when you slick it back. It’ll be nice and tight to begin with, but as it dries, it’ll loosen slightly. And you can always use a lot of hairspray. Products don’t create baldness; pulling your hair tight does. So spray away!