Sock Bun Tutorial in 5 Easy Steps!

by jennine on February 23, 2012

I am not a hair person. Meaning, I can barely do my own hair in a ponytail. I also have very fine hair, so the topknots just point out the super fine strands. Lately, I’ve been seeing these hair donuts around, wondering what they could be used for, and after going to London, and having flat iron issues, I just said to heck with it and took a chance on the hair donut, and see if it a simpleton such as myself could figure it out.

Low and behold, even with no instructions, figuring out the sock bun was super easy, and it took only a few seconds! Here is how to do it, and once you try it, you’ll notice that if you can put your hair in a ponytail, you can do a sock bun!

Sock bun tutorial in 5 Easy Steps:

You’ll need: One hair donut, two hair bands, a comb or brush, and some bobby pins.


  1. Put your hair in a ponytail
  2. Thread your ponytail through the hair donut
  3. Smooth your hair over the hair donut, distributing your hair evenly
  4. Put a second hair band over the hair donut
  5. Pin the extra hair around the bun

And you’re done! See that was easy!

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Mollie Ruiz-Hopper February 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This is awesome! I’ve been wanting to try this hair style for a while now, I’m going to print this out and reference it tomorrow when I try this! Does it hold well?

jennine February 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Yep! I fell asleep the other day with the sock bun, and in the morning it was messy, but still in tact.

Rachael February 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

i am doing this once my hair grows outa bit!

Ashe February 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Here I was thinking my hair would be too short for this- but I bet it may be just the perfect length!

Jessie in Fashion Limbo February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Love this, my sister actually taught me how to do this, but instead of having an actual donut, she got me to use 2 old socks and it worked perfectly. I also find it these hairstyle very comfortable and it is as easy as it looks here. I do love how your lighter tips have a pretty effect on the bun :)

"I" is for Isabel February 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

So pretty! I’m gonna try this one, definitely!! I DIY my own sock bun long ago so it must be somewhere in the house, haha!


Joy February 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

i didn’t know there was such a thing like the hair donut! i have fine hair too, so yay.

Kate February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Your timing is perfect - I just made a hair donut for myself this morning!!

Marie-Eve @aprettynest February 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

This is genius ! I have super fine hair too. I thinks I can do this ! Now I need to find one of those buns !

Kristin Hassan February 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I was trying to figure this out when I was in NYC! Ta - da! What a solution!

Clare @ The Blossom Shed February 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Ooh I need this! I live in buns. But I am slightly horrified that my hair will somehow slip during wearing it, and you’ll be able to see the bath poof looking thing within!

For Those About To Shop February 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’m going to do this today! Thank you.

Laura February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Great idea!! I hope my hair is long enough :)


grechen February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

i’m totally going to try this!!! i can NEVER get my hair to go in a bun because it’s so freaking straight and fine, but this looks like it might work. gotta get ready for 100-degree+ weather!

Sarah Jayne @ Goldmine Trash February 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

Wow, thank you soooo much! I can’t wait to try this. Might be more challenging w/ my layered cut, but it’s worth a shot. I really love this look.

Eunice February 26, 2012 at 3:04 am

that’s what i was missing from my last post - the hair donut!
thanks for the tip.

Georgia February 26, 2012 at 7:09 am

Thank you for posting this - I used your tutorial today for going to a races event, it worked wonderfully! I’m amazed; it was so humid, I didn’t think it would last. Great post!

Donna February 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

So that is the purpose of the hole. The name really suites it. Thank you for making the steps easy to follow.

Lindsey February 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

You made this look so easy! I now need to try this look as it isn’t at intimidating as I originally thought! Your hair looks so adorable this way too!

Lucinda February 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I am so rocking this hairstyle tomorrow at work! Thank you!

Britta February 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

This is my new go-to hairstyle for when my hair is just looking too flat to have it down. It always looks so polished! Great step-by-step :)


Elisa February 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

Excellent tutorial! Now I only need to find a hair donut in Zurich.

hautepinkpretty March 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

love this! Now where can i find a hair donut… hmm… <3

katie March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

There is another way of doing this so you don’t have to wrap the hair around so the bun is seamless! You start with the donut at the base of your ponytail (image 2) but instead of wrapping, hold your ponytail straight up and bring the donut to the tips of your ponytail. Curve some of the ends downward over the donut and start to roll/fold the donut downward toward the base until you can’t roll anymore. It’s easy once you do it a few times and it leaves you with no hair to wrap around!

paquita dinamita March 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

it is easy and cute!!

Kathryn March 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m pretty sure that this just saved my life.

pippi hepburn March 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

Thank you so much for this info! I have never been able to figure this out. Just go buy a hair donut, so that is a hair donut, haha! Will be rockin’ a bun with eyeliner and full mascara this Spring!

Kylara7 March 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

This is great! I have straight and fine hair too and my previous attempts at making a bun ended up a) messy and b) with a tiny little pathetic-looking bun. The hair donut might just work :) Thanks for the great tips.

Farah March 5, 2012 at 1:38 am

wow! this looks super chic and easy to do….now if only I could find that hair donut..hmmmm i will be searching for it! kisses and thanks for sharing!

My Styleadvisor March 5, 2012 at 5:23 am

Great tutorial! Thanks. I chopped my hair off, so I’ll have to see if it still goes up!

fani March 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

looks very polished. i love the necklace you wear on the last pic!

Bug March 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Great tutorial - if only my hair was more than 4 inches long…

Bug @ Bugwear

A Reader March 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

I keep checking back, hoping for a new post. Hope you’re OK.

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