Sock Bun Tutorial in 5 Easy Steps!


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!

jennineSock Bun Tutorial in 5 Easy Steps!

Comments 33

    1. Post

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

  1. Jessie in Fashion Limbo

    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 :)

  2. grechen

    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!

  3. Georgia

    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!

  4. Donna

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

  5. katie

    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!

  6. pippi hepburn

    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!

  7. Kylara7

    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.

  8. Farah

    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!

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