The Sock Bun Is Your Hair’s New Best Friend (VIDEO)

sock bunIf you have medium-length or long hair, I have two words that are going to change your life: sock bun. I thought this was just something that a mom in my daughter's dance class had made up to get her little girl's hair into the best bun ever, but then I started hearing more and more murmurings about it. Soon, I realized that all of those celebrities I see with the perfectly coiffed dos I thought my thin hair could never hold really have a secret weapon -- a sock.

Just an ordinary, everyday sock -- and it makes all the difference in the world. Now, I've seen amazing techniques for beautiful buns before -- like this one Kate Middleton wore or this one that uses a faux hair clip -- but frankly, they overwhelm me, and I just go back to my boring ponytail. But there's no intimidation when it comes to socks, and you don't have to buy a single thing -- not even bobby pins. Just grab a sock from your drawer -- preferably one whose mate you've lost -- and get started.

Here's the sock bun in five easy steps:

1. Cut the toe off of a sock. One in a color that is close to your hair color works best.

2. Roll the sock starting at the top until you've formed a donut shape.

3. Put your hair into a pony tail wherever you want the bun. You can do a trendy top knot, one at the nape of your neck, or even one on the side.

4. Take the donut sock and place it over the end of your pony tail.

5. Start rolling the sock down and your hair around it until you reach the base of your pony tail.

Done! Now you have that perfectly round, poufy bun that celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker and J. Lo have sported.

If you're a visual person, here's a great video from Hello Giggles that shows you how to do it step-by-step and just how cute it can be.


Did I tell you it was easy?  It's casual mommy chic at its best, and you can also make it more sleek for a fancy evening out. Bonus: If you do this before you go to bed with slightly damp hair, in the morning when you take it out, you will have gorgeous waves.

Will you wear the sock bun?


Image via Mr. Kate/You Tube

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hanna... hannahsmom238

I did this when I was in the army. My hair's too short for it now.

Sierr... SierraLynn

I did it in the Army as well. Never had a bad bun day. Lmao.

nonmember avatar Mrs. Clark

Lol! This is not new. Wecwere doing this like 15 years ago when I was in junior high. We did it for drill team. It also became a huge thing in the black community for girls to cut up socks to make sock buns. U really should buy the special bun toolnfor it cuz a sock can dry out ur hair and cause breakage.

RaeAn... RaeAnne.USAF

Ha this was the trick at basic for a perfect bun.

nonmember avatar Mallory

I have long-ish hair for the first time in like 10 years and have only gotten as far as the ponytail with easy things to do with my hair. Thanks for the tip!

nonmember avatar Colleen

This has been a trick for women in the military for a long time. Works great!

nonmember avatar kay

You can use this with 'shortish' hair too. My daughter's hair isn't past her shoulders yet but I still use a sock for a bun and it makes a very snug bun for ballet class. You still make a donut out of the sock but in this case you bring the donut to the base of he ponytail without the rolling part. Once its there, you pull the hair overnit in all directions, think fondit over a cake. You then secure the hair with another ponytail holder at the base of the pony....simply tuck away any loose hair.

Janise Barrett

My grandma aused her old pantyhose instead of socks.

dstou... dstoutholcomb

heard about this at a birthday party yesterday 

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