I have very long hair, and sometimes I just don't have the energy to dry it, curl it, straighten it or do much of anything with it, so it ends up in a ponytail or bun. My buns, however, look like tiny little knots at the nape of my neck, or messy nests on top of my head with strings of hair sticking out all over the place. I used to flip through magazines and secretly curse the celebs with the perfectly round ballerina buns, or the messy but pretty and flirty buns...no wispy hairs sticking out, no bulge on one side and barely any hair on the other...just a perfectly round, voluminous bun. I credited their rich and famous lifestyle...if I could afford fake locks to add to my own, or a stylist to do my hair for me every time I left the house, surely my hair would look like that, too...
...until recently, when I came upon this wonderful little gem...the sock bun! This is the easiest hair fix you'll ever find. Whether you need a quick 2nd day hair-do or you are just looking for something different to do with your hair, anyone can do this without the assistance of a professional. This is a great idea for your rehearsal dinner or post wedding brunch. Who wants to wake up the morning after their wedding and fuss with curls or bobby pins or hire a hair stylist for more than one event in a weekend? Leave it loose and messy, or sleek and polished, dramatic or casual...can't go wrong.
Here's how you do it:
1. Put your hair in a low, mid or high ponytail.
2. Find a tube sock that is close to the color of your hair (or just light/dark for blond/brunette) - I use a black sock and I have dark brown hair. Cut off the toe so that the sock is literally a tube.
3. Begin rolling the sock into a donut, starting on one end and rolling until the entire length of the sock is inside the donut.
4. Put the donut sock on the end of your ponytail with your hair in the center of the donut, then wrap the end of your hair around the sock to start the bun.
5. Using both hands, and holding the hair you started with in place, begin rolling the donut slowly so that your hair continues to wrap around the sock donut. Your hair will start to cover the sock, but you'll want to use your fingers to spread it around the entire circle so that the sock is completely covered. If you want a messy bun, pull some pieces gently to loosen them - if you want a clean bun, roll slowly and tuck all pieces evenly around the sock.
6. Once your bun is against your head you are done! You don't need bobbypins, but I used one or two to secure the bun just in case. Add a ribbon, headband, funky clip, etc. or wear it simply as is!
Click on the photo below to view Three Pink Dots' Blog for more photos and tips - this is where I found this incredible trick!