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DIY Sock Bun

Sock buns are my new obsession! Ever wonder how people get those meaty, chubby buns (in their hair, people!)? I suspect they put a sock in it! I am fully aware that I did not invent this age-old trick to give yourself an easy and fatty bun, but I decided to do a DIY video for one anyways because I think it’s such a fun trick!

It also gives you amazing waves in your hair if you put a sock in it while damp and go to sleep. You will awake to rolling waves…in your hair.

Watch the video above for visual instructions.

What You Need:

  • A sock
  • A hair elastic
  • Scissors


  1. Cut the toe off of the sock to create a tube.
  2. Roll your tube into a ‘bagel’ shape.
  3. Make a ponytail in your hair where you want the bun.
  4. Pull your ponytail through the center of the sock bagel and spread your hair around the sock.
  5. Roll the sock down the length of your ponytail (towards your head) and wrap your hair around it as you go. Make your you’re covering the sock as you go.
  6. When you’ve reached the base of your ponytail, tuck in any remaining ends and make sure the sock is covered with hair.

Ta da! That is one meaty bun you’ve got there!

Photos via Ciao Beautiful, Her Campus, Pinterest and

  • Mary Clare O’Sadnick

    looovve, so cute! thanks :)

  • Akika Reimonenq

    I’d forgot about this trick! Gonna wear one today!

  • Laura Bates

    I learned to sock bun when I was in the military. Best. Thing. Ever.

  • Shelby Hardy

    i lov it i will try it out today!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maddie Sensebe

    love it. just tried it. no bobby pins required yay!

  • Rylie McClure

    So neat! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Lima Al-Azzeh

    On the whole, I tend to be a DIY-challenged girl. Things that seem effortless for others somehow always tend to trip me up and I wind up with a completely mangled, if thoroughly unrecognizable, version of whatever the craft or DIY project du jour is. I am very happy to declare that I just attempted this neat sock do and it came out flawlessly. I write this in semi-disbelief. My unpredictable, moody curly hair can now be styled cutely, especially post-gym. Thank you!

  • Samantha Chapman

    amazing! it even works on m hair and my hais is only just past my shoulders! i am a little worried about the sock poking through but at least it kind of matches my hair colour! thanks! xx

  • Lynne Currie

    Can you use a bun donut in the same way or does the sock work better? I love the idea of not having to pin it.

  • Elizabeth Murphy

    Can you do the same thing with tights? I was thinking of cutting one of the legs down to the size of a sock. Maybe it would blend in with my hair better? Thoughts?

  • Amparo Paredes Mellado

    Loved thiss

  • Christie Patrick

    Mr. Kate, I <3 you! I have been wondering how to do this for months! Thx so much!

  • Desiree Gaines Jacobs

    I love the way this look- a biiigggg bun and beautiful curls later. I have been trying to get my hair to wrap around and have encountered some difficulty..alas, must keep trying. Thanks for posting this!

  • Britt Bulens

    I had no idea socks were used to make this bun! Need to try this ! :)

  • Jennifer Louise O’Neill

    I am trying this asap. :o)

  • Brittany Woodell

    I can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to do this. Do you find that the elastic leaves a weird line in your hair after you take it down? Is there a way to do it without the elastic?

  • Ashton Lewsey

    Going to try this tomorrow!
    Does hair have to be a certain length to work?

  • Amy Anderson

    This is great! my hair doesnt quite reach my shoulders, so i used an ankle sock instead..takes a few more bobby pins, but its much nicer than the classic ‘boring’ bun :)

  • Susan Ebert

    I wonder, could I use an actual bagel? Because I only ate half of one this morning. Maybe I could use some bacon as earrings, too? How long do you think it would take for my cats to eat my head?

  • Gabriela Varela

    i tried doing this a few months ago and couldn’t get it to work :( i read a few variations in technique, one was to flip the hair over, tie an elastic around and just pin loose ends but my hair is so long and thick that just made the bun stick out like a second head, and when i tried to roll the sock down like you say it just seemed to get all tangled and confusing. maybe i just have too much hair?

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