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Traditional Chinese Children’s Hairstyle: Two Buns on the Sides Tutorial

Crop 2 Laughing. Our 10 Gorgeous Traditional Chinese New Year Hexinnian Greeter children dancers in the hallway at Barclay Theater backstage

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I will show you how to create a traditional Chinese children’s “two side buns” hairstyle ideal for Chinese New Year.

(1) Make 2 pony tails, each pony tail above an ear.

(2) Take a pony tail and twist it as you form a coil.

… keep twisting until you form a bun.

(3) Pin the bun with 4 hairpins. Make sure you insert the hair pins outward, away from the head of the child, so the pins are not poking  into the child’s head.

(4) … poke the stem of red flower through the bun and twist into place or use hairpins.

Voila! Gongxi Facai! Now you have a traditional Chinese New Year hairstyle with 2 side buns!

C Hexinnian Greeter in a flower garland arch hoop. First Graders' Chinese New Year of the Dragon 2012 stage dance performance at the Barclay Theater. Learn Mandarin Chinese with free, fun and beautiful resources

I bought these large poinsettia’s from 99 cent store post Christmas sale for our 10 Chinese New Year dancers. They are large, nonperishable and bright enough for our very own Chinese New Year performance on stage. For your own personal use, Michaels craftstore and JoAnn’s fabric carry a wide variety of nicer looking flowers. But for you own use at home, fresh flowers from your garden or farmers’ market would be the best choices.

A view from the side.

Back view.

Happy Chinese New Year 2012 of the Dragon! May you have bliss and abundance!

These buns were able to withstand cartwheels on stage… (Video link here:

Chinese New Year 2012 Performance by First Graders.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. i need that

    March 15, 2012
  2. Laura #

    I was just doing some panicked googling trying to figure out how to do this hairstyle for my daughter who is performing with her Mandarin class tomorrow and couldn’t believe it when I found this web page! Huge thanks to you for taking the time to put this online! You just saved us a lot of tears in the morning!

    April 5, 2014
    • jzinius #

      Thank you Laura for your note. I am so happy my post can help you! Enjoy your event tomorrow! – Jzin

      April 5, 2014
  3. Amy #

    Thank you for posting these wonderful photos! My mother brought a red and gold dress (similar to one worn by your students) to my daughter from China, and I wasn’t sure how she should wear it. Watching your little dancers is a delight!

    October 28, 2014
    • jzinius #

      Dear Amy,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. I am so happy our experience could add to yours. I imagine your daughter must be very pretty in her outfit! Much love to you and yours!


      October 28, 2014

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