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Sock it to ’em with the sock bun

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you may have noticed an elegant hairstyle trend that seems to be sweeping the nation. This classic style has a surprisingly unconventional name: the sock bun.

When I first saw this lovely bun, I was confused as to how a sock was involved. It simply looks like a gorgeous, full, ballerina-inspired bun. But I learned the sock’s crucial role in this look, and I want to share it with you so you too can rock the sock.

How is the sock involved?

It’s not obvious how the sock is involved at first – do you wrap it around? Do you somehow attach a balled up pair of socks to your head and cover them with hair? Kind of, but not really.

Start with one old sock (preferably one that kind of matches your hair color, since bright pink polka dots peeking out will give away your trick). Cut off the toe of the sock, and start rolling it from one end to the other – this forms a little sock doughnut.

Pull your hair into a high ponytail, sitting right at the crown of your head, and secure it tightly with an elastic. Then, slip the sock over the ponytail, so it covers the elastic like a scrunchie would. Then, arrange your hair around it so it completely covers the sock, and pin it into place.

Who does it work on?

If your hair is long enough to cover the sock, this style will work on you. If you have that one qualification, your hair can be virtually any texture or thickness to make it work. In fact, this is a great way to get a voluminous-looking bun if your hair is on the thin side, and an easy way to get a more uniform topknot if you have thick hair.

Where should I wear it?

Like the topknot, the sock bun is perfect for almost any occasion, but I think it’s especially great for the office or a special event where you need to look pulled together. The glory of the sock bun is that it’s super easy to do, but looks incredibly elegant. If you want, you can also arrange your hair around it in a messy way for a more laid-back look. It’s also a great way to hide a bad hair day.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing