I, like many women, have teased, pinned, dyed, straightened, and curled my hair until it’s a shadow of its thick, former self. One of the most frustrating and time consuming tests of my patience has been trying to create a big and beautiful bun, also known as the deliciously named “donut bun.”
Like the Houdini of beauty, I have learned how to turn my flat, fine hair into the perfect bun. No, I didn’t order a late night new and improved product off an infomercial for only $19.99. In fact, I found everything I needed in my apartment. If you own a few hair accessories and a single sock, you too can have a perfect donut bun (and if you act now, we’ll throw in free shipping and a knife sharpening set!).
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- A brush or comb,
- A handful of bobby pins
- A (preferably) clean sweat sock
- 2 hair elastics
Pull your hair into a ponytail, using an elastic to secure it. Make sure to create the ponytail where you want the center of the bun to sit.
Cut the toe off of a sweat-sock and roll it inside-out to create a donut shape.
Slip your ponytail inside the middle of sock donut.
Tease your ponytail with a brush or comb.
Lean forward and use your teased hair to cover the sock as much as possible.
Slip the second elastic over the sock donut to secure your hair into place.
Twirl, tuck, and pin the ends of your hair into the base of your completed donut bun.
To create a bigger bun, use a thicker sock; the bigger, the better. If possible, choose a sock colour that is similar to your hair colour, so it will blend in if your hair shifts during the day.
They say a magician never tells her tricks, but like a good recipe, the donut bun should be shared and enjoyed by everyone.
Kendra Hagerman is a freelance fashion writer who loves vintage clothing, pancakes, & New York City.