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How to do a Sock Bun

How to do a Sock Bun

Learn how to create the sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form a voluminous bun.

Move over topknot, there’s a new bun in town. The sock bun—which uses a sock rolled into a doughnut shape to form the shape of the style—is everywhere these days. And for good reason: It’s a classy, glamorous look that just so happens to be a cinch to create (with a little practice and our hair tutorial).

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What you’ll need:

One sock or foam bun doughnut
Scissors
Texturizing spray
One ponytail holder
A few bobby pins
Hairspray

  • Step 1: Prep your sock Sock Bun Step 1

    How to Do a Sock Bun

    If you’re using a foam bun doughnut, skip this step. Otherwise, take your sock and cut off the toe. Now, roll the bun from the ankle end to the toe end, creating a doughnut shape. Ideally you won’t see the sock but, just in case, use one in a similar shade to your hair color—no neons or patterns!

  • Step 2: Prep your hair Sock Bun Step 2

    How to Do a Sock Bun

    As with most updos, the sock bun works best with second-day hair. If your hair is clean or naturally slippery, spray a texturizing spray like PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Texturizing Finishing Spray all over. This will make it easier to hold the style without pins.

  • Step 3: Ponytail Sock Bun Step 3

    How to Do a Sock Bun

    Pull your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. The sock bun looks best when it’s up high, like a top knot. Now hold the end of your pony straight up in the air, and slip the foam or sock doughnut over it.

  • Step 4: Roll the bun Sock Bun Step 4

    How to Do a Sock Bun

    This is where the process gets tricky—you’ll probably need to practice a few times. Hold the tip of your ponytail, which should now be just above the doughnut, and spread the ends so that they’re splayed out over the sock. At the same time, roll the sock down your pony, continuing to spread and tuck hair around the doughnut as you go. Once you get closer to the base, the process will get easier. Keep adjusting your hair to make sure it’s fully covering your sock.

  • Step 5: Set the bun Sock Bun Step 5

    How to Do a Sock Bun

    Once you reach the base of your pony, your bun should sit securely on the top of your head. If you need to, add a few bobby pins to secure layers. Finally, spray with a light hairspray like Number 4 Mighty Hair Spray to keep flyaways in check—you’re not going for messy bed head.

Still confused? Take a look at this super easy video tutorial.

Once you've mastered the sock bun, give the fishtail braid bun a try.

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