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Updated on February 26, 2021

When looking for a simple way to make a nice, elegant hairstyle, you should consider a sock bun tutorial. It is probably not something that you can do when not at home unless you carry some extra socks with you or ready-made donuts from them. All in all, you will spend less than a couple of minutes to easily change your appearance once you learn how to make a sock bun.

All you need to make this pretty hairstyle is a sock, elastic, a hairbrush and hairspray for securing the result. It is most suitable for long hair of different thicknesses. However, you can also try to make it on medium hair if it is thick enough because this will allow you to reach the right volume. You can actually rock this hairstyle in absolutely different situations, such as work, date, party, etc. Since you will get a high bun, it will keep your hair off your face, which is very convenient, especially during the hot months.

How to Choose a Perfect Sock

You do not have to buy a new pair of socks just to cut one of them. Pick an old pair that you do not need anymore. It is also important to choose a sock of the right length, as it should not be too long or too short. If you have medium-length hair, then you can choose an ankle-length sock. Those who have long hair should pick a sock of mid-shin length. It may take you some time to find a perfect sock, but once you do, you will be able to use it for a long time.

Another important thing to pay attention to is that the sock should not have too many loose threads. Remember that you will need to cut it, so you should do your best to avoid extra threads sticking out of it.

Also, it is recommended to pick a sock similar to your hair color. While you will try to make all the hair cover it completely, you do not want it to peek through your hair, if the bun comes apart.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Below, you will find 12 easy steps on how to make a sock bun. All of them come with pictures, and you can also watch a video at the end of this tutorial.

Step 1. Wash your hair if needed, as it should be clean. Carefully brush your hair before making a sock bun.

Sock Bun: Step 1

Step 2. Take a clean sock and cut off the toe area. You can throw the cut part away, since you don’t need it for the hairstyle.

Sock Bun: Step 2

Step 3. Now, you have a sort of a tube with an opening at each end. Grab the end that you just cut with your hand and turn the edge inside out. It should be a small fold. Keep rolling the sock all the way down.

Sock Bun: Step 3

Step 4. When you reach the end, you will have a lovely firm donut. Make the necessary adjustments to make sure that it is rolled evenly. If something is wrong, such as lots of threads, and you cannot make it work, you should pick another sock and repeat the previous two steps.

Sock Bun: Step 4

Step 5. Put your hair into a high ponytail. You can do this by lifting your hair and fixing it with an elastic. Remember to brush your hair, starting from the roots all the way to the elastic, fixing it to make sure that everything is neat and nothing sticks out.

Sock Bun: Step 5

Step 6. Take the sock-donut and put your ponytail through it.

Sock Bun: Step 6

Step 7. The donut should not be necessarily placed over the elastic securing your hair, but make sure that the entire ponytail is in it.

Sock Bun: Step 7

Step 8. Now, you need to slide the donut up toward the ends. Remember that you do not actually need to reach the ends, plus there should be some distance between the ends of your hair and the donut.

Sock Bun: Step 8

Step 9. Hide the ends under the donut, making them cover it. While carefully holding the donut with your hands, begin tucking and rolling it down until you reach the base. Try to make sure that the hair evenly covers the donut. The more layers of hair on the donut, the thicker it will be.

Sock Bun: Step 9

Step 10. Once you reach the base, place the bun over the elastic and make sure that it fits well. Most probably, you will not need to use additional tools to secure it. Spread the hair out and tuck in loose strands underneath the donut.

Sock Bun: Step 10

Step 11. In order to make sure that everything is perfect, you will need to use a mirror so you can see the back of your head. Carefully look at your hairstyle, making sure that it looks really good. Make any necessary adjustments.

Sock Bun: Step 11

Step 12. If you are happy with the result, smooth down the hair using hairspray. Remember to spray not only the bun, but all your hair to make sure nothing will stick out during the day. Now, you are ready to go!

Sock Bun: Step 12

Watch the video with step-by-step instructions on how to do a sock bun.

We hope that you like this step-by-step instruction and you will try to make this hairstyle yourself. It does not really require any special skills or practice, and you can use the same donut as many times as you wish! After making it just a few times, you will be able to make a perfect bun much quicker!

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