Sock buns are all the rage these days. You can watch videos about sock buns on YouTube, browse thousands of pictures of celebrities sporting sock-supported buns on Google, and 20-something, straight male waiters might even ask you if your perfect bun involves a sock while you’re dining with some girlfriends at your favorite restaurant. That last point, however, which may or may not have happened to me a few months back, also illustrates the problem with the sock bun. As awesome as the trick is, everyone knows about it now, and people are starting to call people out for wearing tube socks on their heads.
So what’s a girl to do? The sock bun is too good a trick to go back to the old limp, imperfect bun days of yore. So, I went to the pros at Blo Salon in Boston’s South End to get a new take on the trend, one that’s less obvious than the piled-high ballerina bun, but equally as perfect. Here’s what Brittany, Blo’s head stylist, taught me about creating the perfect sock-bun chignon, inspired by—love it—the runway at Chanel’s fall 2012 show.
What you’ll need:
-A hair elastic
-One tube sock (choose a dark-colored sock if you have dark hair) with the toe cut off, rolled down.
-Teasing comb or hairbrush
1. Start with dry hair. (The good part about this ‘do is that it works equally well on clean and dirty hair).
2. If you want a little height to your ‘do, tease the crown, like so:
4. Add sock to base of ponytail.
6. Once all of the fabric is covered, secure with a hair elastic.