How to: the Perfect Sock bun


Today I’m excited to have my coworker + close pal Jackie with us to show us how she creates the perfect sock bun.  You should know that Jackie has the most perfect hair ever, and whenever she does her little sock bun, I have a hard time not touching it.  She’s done countless demos around the office, but I thought it would be fun to have her showcase her skills here!  We’ve also teamed up with U by Kotex .. you’ll get FREE Goody hair elastics when you buy U by Kotex at Target.  (Only at Target) These elastics are the best (they actually hold my monstrous pile of hair.)  Just text ‘KOTEX’ to ‘TARGET’ to get your coupon!


Start out with a hair tie and a sock, rolled up into a doughnut shape.


Gather hair into a high ponytail.


Roll your sock down to the base of the ponytail.


Move the sock up to the top of your ponytail and slowly but surely begin rolling your hair into the sock.


Continue rolling down to the base of your ponytail (tucking in any flyaways or loose strands as you go.)


Continue rolling downward… when you get to the base of your ponytail, fluff it out a bit.


Fluff out the bun and even it out using your fingertips, and you are done!



This post is sponsored by U by Kotex and Style Coalition

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  1. I tryed this so many times but can’t get it right 🙁

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  2. Sock buns are my go to when I wake up late and don’t want to look like it! Fake it till you make it right!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  3. It looks so easy! I haven’t yet been able to perfect this yet.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

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  4. I never knew why it was called a sock bun until now haha!

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  5. Elizabeth:

    I have fine, thin hair that is past my shoulders and I can’t even do a sock bun. No matter how many times I try to do it and to cut the sock shorter, there’s not enough hair to go around the whole sock. 🙁

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    • My hair is pretty fine, too, but at some point I heard the suggestion of teasing the ponytail before you start, and it’s definitely made a difference in giving me a bigger, completely covered bun.

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  6. She makes it look so easy! I’ve wanted to try this but haven’t yet… I don’t know why I’m just afraid I won’t be able to do it lol! I’ll totally give it a shot!
    xo ~ Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  7. i have never been able to master this. they are so pretty but i can never get mine to look even decent.

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  8. 3girls1apple:

    So simple. I have a friend who use to do this and always looked perfect =)

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  9. lulu85:

    The bun is seriously my go-to hairdo most days of the week! But, I too have fine, shoulder-length hair and the sock just doesn’t work for me! 🙁 I literally cut up at least 4 socks trying! lol So, I found and love the small, choco Hunny Bun because it’s tiny (just the right size for my hair) and the color closely resembles my low-lighted locks…plus it comes with these really fab pins that are way better than bobby pins. No joke, if you can’t get the sock to work for you…try a Hunny Bun! Oh and you can also do a top knot and messy bun with it too!

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  10. I am a huge fan on the sock bun for my go to hair style these days. I tried a hair donut from for my thinner, shoulder length hair and it works wonders. Give it a try!

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