Tutorial: How to Do a Stylish Sock Bun Hairstyle

Upcycle game strong: Learn how to do a sock bun (and freshen up your glam, and hey, maybe even save the planet?) in a few easy steps.

sock bun tutorial



Call it being innovative, scrappy, tree-huggy, or just plain economical, but we at All Things Hair are major upcycling enthusiasts. Upcycling not only gives a new spin on “cheap thrill,” but in our own tiny way, doing so also helps us keep waste to a minimum. It’s a win-win, so when the opportunity came to try out the sock bun trend, we jumped at the chance and learned how to do a sock bun.

First off: what is a sock bun? Sock buns are hairstyles created using an old sock with the toe or foot area cut off, repurposing the sock into a makeshift hair donut. Fans of the sock bun love the less bulky, more elastic feel of this D.I.Y. version versus using a spongey hair donut itself, which is why we set out to do a sock bun tutorial to test the hype.

Ready to learn how to make a sock bun? Read on to see the results of this awesome experiment, which we’re predicting will change your glam game for the better:

Tutorial: How to Sock Bun Your Way into a Chic Top Knot


Cut off the toe of your sock.

Find an old, clean sock (we love using our unpaired, solid-colored ones) and cut off the toe. Note: Regular mid-calf or below-the-knee socks will have the ideal length.

sock bun cut

Start with clean hair.

Start with clean, freshly washed hair (we love the clarifying properties of Suave Professionals Caffeine and Chia Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner). You can also refresh with a dry shampoo, like Dove Refresh+Care Unscented Dry Shampoo.

sock bun dry shampoo

Scrunch it in.

Massage the dry shampoo in.

sock bun massage

Brush hair.

Brush hair to remove any tangles and to smoothen your locks.

sock bun brush

Make your pony.

Gather hair into a high ponytail.

sock bun pony

Tie it off.

Secure your ponytail with a neutral or hair-colored elastic.

sock bun tie

Roll it up!

The key to learning how to make a sock bun correctly is doing an even roll! Carefully roll or fold over your cut-up sock. You should end up with a ring, similar to a scrunchie or hair tie, around 2 to 3 inches wide.

sock bun roll

Pull it through.

Pull your sock bun through your ponytail.

sock bun pull through

Fan hair around.

Just like with a hair donut, begin to fan your ponytail hair evenly over the sock, tucking it around in a sleek, uniform manner. Make sure to cover the entire sock to hide the sock.

sock bun spread hair

Pin it down.

Secure hair with pins on the under seam of your chignon. Use as many as you need to ensure the top knot doesn’t wiggle when styling your sock bun. 


sock bun pin

Finish with hair spray.

Finish off with a spritzing of hairspray, like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray. Spray 12” away for more even coverage when you do a sock bun. 


sock bun hairspray


Ta-da: You’ve just managed to hack your way to a trendy new look, and saved some moolah in the process. High five! Now you know how to do a sock bun.


sock bun final

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