Jennifer Lopez’s enviable bun at the recent Oscars ceremony? Looked an awful lot like a sock bun! Here’s how to get the look. (Psst — it’s a great updo option for those of you who have thin or shorter hair).
Buns have been all over the runways and red carpets for a few seasons now. But if you have shorter, layered or thin hair, pulling your hair into a traditional bun can be difficult; and, even if you’re able to do it, it can look wimpy. Your best bet is to do a sock bun instead. Here, we walk you through a how-to.
- Take a tube sock and cut off the toe end so you have a long tube.
- Comb your hair so it’s tangle-free and smooth. Apply a bit of hair paste to the palm of your hands and gently work it through your hair. (Alternatively, you can use some flexible-hold hairspray.) This is to give your hair some texture and a bit of tackiness; freshly clean hair is too slippery to work with.
- Comb your hair again to ensure there are no tangles and smooth it into a ponytail, secured with an elastic where you want your bun to lie. Go for high up on your head for drama and, well, height; or, for a more demure look, have the ponytail rest at the nape of your neck. Alternatively, you can try it off to one side of your head, for an off-kilter look.
- Take your whole ponytail and insert it into the sock tube you created. Scrunch the sock together, forming a doughnut close to the base of your ponytail.
- Carefully split your ponytail hair into two halves, with a half on each side of the doughnut.
- Lean forward to help the hair fall evenly and fan your hair equally around the sock doughnut.
- Smoothing the hair as you go, tuck the ends of your hair under the tube form and secure with a few bobby pins. If you prefer a looser, deconstructed look, just tuck the ends in less uniformly and skip the bobby pins, so you have some pieces sticking out.
- Finish with a final spritz of hairspray to help hold the shape.
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