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Sock bun

All over pinterest I’ve seen pictures of girls creating the elusive “sock bun.”  It always looks so cute, but I didn’t really think it was possible for me considering my baby fine, shoulder length straight hair.

When I say baby fine, I’m being completely serious. My hair has no idea what the word “volume” means. When I introduce “volume” to it through the likes of a spray or mousse, it lasts for about 5 minutes, then I step foot outside of my climate controlled bathroom, and all of my efforts disappear. It’s quite sad really.

The one thing I’ve got going for me is that although my hair is fine and super straight, I happen to have a lot of it. Although I’ve been shedding like crazy lately, so I’m not sure if I will be able to say I have lots of hair for much longer. Luckily, I seem to have enough hair to actually make this whole sock bun thing work.

I had the night to myself yesterday, as Wes was busy spring cleaning his apartment, trying to get rid of that boy-musk smell that has taken over as of late. With a bunch of alone time on my hands and a pack of little kid socks, I thought I would experiment with this sock bun phenomenon.  I’ve seen two methods for creating the bun.

Ponytail wrap-around method:
1. Gather your hair into a ponytail on the crown of your head.
2. Create the sock scrunchy and feed your ponytail through the center of the scrunchy.
3. Using bobby pins, wrap and tuck your hair around the sock scrunchy, completely covering it and creating a bun.

I tried this method first, and it sort of worked, but was really messy. See it there in the center?

Please excuse my pajamas, tag sticking out, and messy bathroom, like I said it was girl’s night for me and Lizzie.

After attempting this one, I decided to give another method a try after watching a few you tube videos.

Ponytail fold-down method:
1. Gather your hair into a ponytail on the crown of your head.

2. Create the sock scrunchy and feed your ponytail through the center of the scrunchy.
3. Pull scrunchy up to the tip of your ponytail, fold your hair over the scruncy, and slowly start rolling it down your ponytail, rolling the scrunchy down as you go.
4. Adjust hair to completely cover sock and spray with hairspray.

Surprisingly, this is the method I liked best. I didn’t think it would work for me because of how fine my hair is, but somehow it did…. with practice. Here are the first couple times:

 Starting to get the hang of it…

And I had enough guts (and practice rounds) to wear it to work today! I think it looks pretty decent.

Plus I wore a new pair of shoes that I found at TJ Maxx last week to distract people from the sock in my hair.  I keep worrying that hair will move and my trick will be discovered.

Aren’t they adorable? Such a steal too! I found about 5 pairs of shoes I wanted there, but talked myself out of them. I just couldn’t put these down though. Coral is my favorite color.  They will look especially nice when I actually have tan legs.

Have you tried a sock bun? What is your favorite method?  And I apologize for all these self pictures. I take pictures of food and dogs, not myself, so these were quite tricky. Especially considering I was doing it with my cell phone. Next time I’ll bust out the tripod and use my real camera.

March 15, 2012 - 11:59 am

Lia Joy - Ahh. Looks great! I’ve been wanting to try it, but was skeptical. I have baby fine hair too! Glad to know it works! 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

March 15, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Linds - Thanks girl!! Definitely give it a try. It took me quite a few practice rounds, but those you tube videos are so helpful. I bet your hair is pretty similar to mine, so I recommend using a child sock. 🙂

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