Monday, May 14, 2012

Sock Buns!


Have I mentioned that I'm in Mexico?  Acutally, I'm not just anywhere in Mexico; I'm in Villahermosa which is way down south near Guatemala and the equator, so it is super duper hot here.  And naturally our ice show is outside in the 100 degree heat.  Just doing our hair backstage makes us break a sweat, let alone actually skating in the show, so all the girls have started wearing our hair in braids and buns to keep it off of our sticky skin.  Last week, one of my friends borrowed another girl's hair donut to make a bun, but she didn't know how to use it, so I showed her.  That got me thinking about all the fun ways to wear your hair in a bun, so I decided to do a bun blog!  I don't have a donut here with me, but that's no problem at all because you can make an equally great bun with a sock.  Just cut a hole in the toe area, roll it up on itself until it is the shape of a donut and you're ready to roll.  It's preferable to use a sock that's similar to your hair color, but I used a colorful one for these tutorials so you can see it better.

Here's what a basic sock bun looks like:

And here's how you do it:

1.  Put your hair in a ponytail.

2.  Put your rolled-up sock over your ponytail holder.

3.  Pull the sock down to the bottom of your hair.

4.  Begin to roll your hair around the sock by turning the sock-donut inside out over and over again while it rolls up your hair.

5.  Roll...

6.  it...

7.  up!

8.  Once all your hair is rolled over the sock and it's on the top of your head, make any necessary last minute adjustments, tuck in any rogue hairs that may be sticking out, and put a rubber band around the whole thing to hold it in place.

Now that you know how to do a basic sock bun, there are a million different ways to wear it and make it your own.  I've done a few variations here on this blog, but the beauty of these buns is that you can make up all sorts of different ways to wear them yourself.  Anything that involves a ponytail can also involve a sock bun, so get creative!

Here's a basic sock bun with a braid wrapped around it:

And here's how you do it:

1.  Put your hair in a ponytail, pull a small-ish section of hair from the ponytail off to the side and clip it out of the way for safe keeping.

2.  Roll the rest of your ponytail (that you didn't clip to the side) up into a sock bun.

3.  Secure the sock bun with a rubber band.

4.  Un-clip the section of hair that you saved for later and braid it.

5.  Loosely wrap the braid around the base of the sock bun.

6.  Secure the braid with a bobby pin and you're all finished!

Here is a low bun with the sides all twisted up so your hair stays out of your face:

And here are the directions:

1.  Make a part and twist your hair away from your face on one side, starting up near your part and moving down.

2.  Secure the hair you just twisted with a clip so that you can come back to it later.

3.  Now twist the other side of your hair so it matches the first side.

4.  Take out the clip you used earlier and put all of your hair in a low ponytail, being careful not to un-twist all the hair you just twisted.

5.  Turn the ponytail into a sock bun.

6. Secure the bun with a ponytail holder.

And now it's time for my personal favorite...

The upside down braid into a high bun:

Here's how you do it:

1.  First of all, take a deep breath and believe in your braiding ability, because french braiding upside down is not as hard as it looks.  Then flip your head upside down and give it a go, starting the braid as close to the nape of your neck as possible.

2.  Continue your french braid until you are about even with the top of your ears.

3. Stop french braiding but continue a regular braid up about 2 more inches so you'll have some extra braid to work with if you need it.

4.  Pull the rest of your hair into a ponytail with the braid.

5.  Stand back upright and secure the ponytail with a ponytail holder.

6.  Make your sock bun, secure it with another ponytail holder and you've done it!  Yay!

I really hope this blog helps spread the sock bun fun!
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