How to make the perfect sock bun

Struggling with stragglers, fly-aways, and general hair calamities can cause a lot of stress for those special occasions. Everything has to look sleek and be combed into place. So, whether going to an intimidating job interview or a snazzy party, a classic bun is a cool way to dress your hair in case of up-do crisis. The real question is how do you do a bun? We all know the sloppy buns, and the unfinished pony-tail buns, but the new way to go is the sleeker sock-bun. Once you get over the initial embarrassment of attaching a piece of footwear to your head…


  • one tube-sock (the longer the sock the bigger the bun)
  • two hair bands
  • five or so bobby pins.

Step One

Grab a tube-sock that matches your hair color. It doesn’t have to be perfect but I would advise against choosing the bright pink and blue polka-dotted one if you’re a brunette. Cut a quarter sized hole in the toe, and role your sock until there’s nothing left to role. (It should resemble a swollen hair band with a small hole in the middle).

Step Two

Pull your hair back into a ponytail at the spot you want the center of your bun to be. Next pull your hair through the center of the rolled sock, and make sure you don’t leave any part of your ponytail behind.

Step Three

Spread your hair over the sock in all directions so that none of your sock shows. It helps if you lean forward so that your soon-to-be-bun is parallel to the ground and gravity is on your side. No need to mess with Mother Nature. Secure your hair with a hair-band around your hair and sock.

Step Four

Now your bun is almost perfect. The last step is to pin the ends of your hair after they’ve been wrapped around the outside of the bun. Then allow hair spray to become your best friend.

Mix It Up

To add some flavour to your bun and make it ready for crazy parties, or just a day out with your friends, you can add a braid  before you bring your hair into a pony-tail. Or, if you have nothing to do with your bangs, pin them back into a poof at the top of your head for that super-model “chic” look.

What Do You Think?

As strange as a sock in your hair might sound, will you give this look a try? Let us know how it turned out in a comment below!

Author: Tianna Janiece


  1. Tiffany says:

    I have heard women in the Military use this. My hair is too short a bun now, but when it grows out I’ll try this!

  2. Leslie says:

    We use this in the Army as a way to change things up every once and a while. I have really long hair, and I always seem to have too much hair to know what to do with after I put in the sock and secure it with the hair band. Any suggestions?

  3. Megan says:

    When I was in high school, we used to use the ‘sock bun’ as our choice of hairstyle for marching band color guard performances. It really does work well, it was just good to have a friend to help & some hairspray to get all of those fly-aways.

  4. Lois says:

    I’ve just done this and it took me like 30 seconds. It’s really easy!
    In lamence terms, you just put your hair up in a ponytail, then put a sock (with the end cut off) round the top of your ponytail, lean forwards so that your hair falls around it and then put a hair tie around it to hold it and fasten any stray bits with bobby pins.
    Thanks for this tip Kaleigh it looks really nice and is so quick! :)

  5. Han says:

    This is an interesting article, but a proof-read is in order. I’ve never heard of putting a sock in my hair and I look forward to giving this a try.

  6. Lesley says:

    I second the video tip!

  7. Isabel says:

    Thanks for the tip! I can never get my hair in a bun properly and I’ve heard of models using this, but I never knew how.

  8. Kaleigh says:

    Sari–I’ll talk to Tianna and see what we can do!

  9. Sari says:

    This sounds promising, but are there any pictures or videos to show it step-by-step? I’m a visual learner, so this is a bit confusing. Interesting concept though!

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