One day before work I was having a whatever hair day, not bad not great, so I threw my hair up into a sock bun. I did this once before without much luck because I was intimidated by the beefiness of the bun. But Romina left a comment on my doughnut bun post about sock buns and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make a sock bun tutorial post to show the difference. It’s the messy sister to the frenchy bun doughnut. This is a very popular but simple hair style, which is great because of all things I have the hardest time styling my hair. If I can do this, so can you.
This looks very silly but you’ll need some scissors, a hair tie and an old sock, preferably a thin one in a color that looks best with your hair. My nail polish is Lilacism by Essie.
Cut off the top part of the sock right below the seam. Ideally your scissors aren’t crappy, or else this will take much longer than it should and you’ll end up swearing at the evil scissors and your boyfriend will blame your left-handedness.
Roll your sock inside out and roll and roll and roll until you have a doughnut shape.
Like this! It looks small now but once you start folding your hair into the sock it will get a lot bigger depending on how long your hair is.
Unlike the bun doughnut which you place right on top of the hair-tie, this goes at the end of your ponytail where the ends of your hair will be splayed evenly around the bun before you start tucking and rolling.
Make sure your hair is evenly distributed around the sock and start rolling down toward the base of your ponytail. As you roll, tuck the hair into the sock and roll it into itself.
“Whoa, I don’t know what’s happening” – Dan. I don’t know what to say here. It’s magic!
The bun! Once you have rolled your hair into the bun check for any pieces sticking out and either push them in with your fingers or use bobby pins. I didn’t use any bobby pins here but if you’re going to wear it for awhile I suggest sticking some in, especially if your hair is slippery and tends to stubbornly move around.
There you go. I prefer the doughnut bun over the sock bun but this takes less precision and looks best when messy. It’s great for when you want to do something other than a ponytail that won’t take more than a couple minutes.