Socks are more than just garments for feet. With a little creativity and imagination, any pair of socks can be transformed into a hair accessory for a new hair look. Sock buns are a quick way to add thickness, structure, and sophistication to any standard bun hairstyle. These buns are created by simply rolling a pair of socks into a doughnut-like form. Once you have created your sock bun form, wearing the style on medium-length hair is very easy.

Things You'll Need

Gently detangle and comb your hair back and away from your face.

Apply a dime-sized amount of moisturizer to the palms of your hands. Rub your hands together and gently distribute the moisturizer throughout your hair. Focus your moisturizing efforts on the ends of your hair. The ends of the hair are the oldest and most prone to damage and breakage.

Continue to comb, smooth, and arrange the hair into a ponytail. Ideally, your ponytail holder should be seamless and contain no metal pieces. Your ponytail placement will determine where your bun rests. Sock buns can be worn at any height on the head, and even to one side. Common placement is straight back (in line with the ears) or just above the nape of the neck.

Insert your ponytail carefully through the hole in the sock bun. This process is similar to putting on your regular hair band or scrunchie. Make sure that your entire ponytail is coming through the hole.

Press the sock bun form firmly down to your head to close any gaps between your head and the bun form. This will also ensure the tightness and neatness of the finished product.

Split your ponytail into a top half and bottom half. Lean forward, and fan your hair out evenly around the bun. Leaning forward helps the ponytail fall nicely and stay in place around the form.

Carefully smooth and tuck the ends of your hair under the sock bun form. You may secure your hair with hair pins, or leave your hair tucked without them.

Alternatively, you may skip Step 7 and simply place a large scrunchie over and around the bun and hair. Your hair’s ends will be sticking out. Gently smooth the extra hair around the sock bun and tuck underneath the bun and scrunchie to secure.


  • For those with shorter or much longer hair sock bun sizes can be adjusted by simply adding or removing socks. Changing the thickness of socks (using thinner dress socks vs. thick cotton socks) is also a way to customize your bun and control its size.

  • To get rid of fly-aways or short hair pieces, spritz them with water and smooth them down.