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The sock bun - how to do hair in this common hair style for female police and military

Updated on October 17, 2017
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Sock bun

So, what is the sock bun? It is not food. I love to write on recipes but I don't think we would eat something called a sock bun. It is not an article of clothing (i.e.- a sock) although I love to write about fashion. The sock bun is actually a hairstyle and the sock bun hairstyle is achieved by using a sock that is cut into the right shape. Sounds interesting? Read on!...

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Popular professional hairstyle

When I learned about how to apply crochet braids via YouTube, I thought that the information was a gem and that is why I wrote a hub about it to let others know. I became interested in finding more information about do it yourself hairstyles.

Shortly thereafter, I stumbled upon learning about the sock bun.

The hairstyle was unknown to me but after watching various tutorials on how to apply it, I found that the hairstyle was very popular among military women and other women. It is a hairstyle that is praised and touted for helping women to achieve a professional look in the workplace.

The sockbun is often used by female professional dancers, police officers, lawyers, actresses and more.

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How to style your hair into a sock bun

The sock bun hairstyle is especially useful for women who might have short hair but still want to be able to pull it back into a bun. It works for women of all ethnicities and hair types but is best for women with straight hair.

Women with curly hair will want to make sure their hair is freshly relaxed or straightened out with a flatiron especially at the hairline, before applying the style. Alternatively, you can use hair gel, to slick your hair back as much as possible.

  • Once you have gathered all your hair back to the nape of your neck, you can apply the sock bun. You will want to cut the tip of a sock (where the toes go) and roll the sock back into the bun shape, then slip it through the hair like you would with a ponytail holder.
  • Position your hair over the sock until the sock is completely hidden and secure with many bobby bins.
  • See the video tutorials below for more clear explanations!

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Sock bun | " yay or nay "

Update: Back when I first learned how to do this style, it became quite a go to hairstyle for me but over time, I stopped styling my hair that way very often. I just grew tired of it.

I recently heard that this style seems to be losing popularity in general. Do you like the sock bun hairstyle? Do you think that it has lost its popularity and is now a somewhat outdated style?

Please share what you think in the poll below.

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    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you Eiddwen!

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      9 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing this Journey*. I have grown my hair for the first time since I was a teenager and this seems to be a good alternative to using a clip or just tying it back into a normal but boring pony tail.I am giving it a 'useful' plus bookmarking it.

      Take care Journey*

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi TeeAziah, you should be able to wrap the extra hair around the bun and tuck it in with hair pins.

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      9 years ago

      yeah i just don't know what to do with the excess hair after u do the ebun can anyone help me pleae...;)

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi akirchner and glassvisage, I'm glad to share the information I found. I think it's a great hairstyle for all ladies. Thanks for posting your nice comments.

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      9 years ago from Northern California

      Now I know the secret! I had no idea how to do this, although I always used to be so fascinated with it when I saw other girls with this bun. Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      I'll have to try this as well - great vids and tips!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much theherbivorehippi! I appreciate your comment. I never noticed you around HubPages before. I just became your fan.

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      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh my gosh!I used to do this many many years ago and forgot all about it! I loved it because it made my fine hair look much fuller from the sock. lol I'm so glad BkCreative sent me this hub to read that she thought I would enjoy....I will have to do this again!

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much BKCreative!

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Such clever styles. There is so much fun we can have with our hair. Thanks for another clever hub. I must share this with some other hubbers.

    • Journey * profile imageAUTHOR

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      You're welcome Hello, hello and thank you for posting your nice comment!

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the introduction. It looks beautiful


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