I don’t know about you, but I always have a bunch of socks in my drawer that have no pair (I’m pretty sure an evil sock-devouring troll lives in my dryer). Well, what do inconvenient mismatched socks have to do with fixing a big, beautiful bun in your hair? Everything, as it turns out. Disclaimer: no stylists or fancy products necessary.
The secret to a fat, round, symmetrical bun is simple. All you need is a humble sock. Tube socks, gym socks, even toe socks – it doesn’t matter (as long as it’s clean!) Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a sock bun.
Find a clean sock. Unless your hair is long or thick, it’s important that the sock is a similar colour to your hair. Cut the toe off of your sock, then roll it down until it looks like a doughnut.
Fasten your hair in a tight ponytail wherever you want your bun to be centred. If it tends to be frizzy, rub a little serum or OIL on your hands first. Slip the sock doughnut around it, then pull it just a few inches above the ends of your hair.
This bit sounds complicated, but it’s really not! Pull those few inches around the sock, tucking the ends into the centre hole. Remember, you’re trying to cover the sock and hold the hair in the middle. When the ends are tucked in, roll the sock towards you. Continue tucking and rolling, making sure the hair is evenly distributed around the bun.
Voila! When you reach the top of your ponytail, you should have a firm bun.
I love that this bun can last through a long, busy day. This technique takes only a few minutes on my long, thick, and layered curls, so it really is foolproof! But if you’re still having trouble, check out the tips below.
Start by trying a side bun, so you can see what you’re doing
If you have very curly hair, you might need to straighten it first
To smooth frizzy baby hairs, just use a toothbrush spritzed with hairspray
Wrap a ribbon or scarf around the base of your bun to secure it – and add some flair!