We just want an easy, messy bun – just not a sock bun! The main reason we’re anti-sock bun isn’t the fact that we’re putting a sock in our hair (even clean, it still seems wrong). It’s the fact that the bun looks too perfect. Not a hair out of place. And the shape is more torus than a donut. And Justin German, Pantene consulting stylist, agrees with us.
“I feel like the perfect bun – the sock bun – is done,” says German. “The only way I could get on board with a more polished bun is if it’s for something formal, like bridal. ”
We sat in German’s chair at Bang Salon in Toronto to find out the way to achieve a cool bun, without looking we tried too hard. Turns out, the secret is to not try too hard. This is the easiest-to-follow bun tutorial, so make sure you bookmark it.
- 1 hair elastic
- 1 bobby pin (or a few more if your hair is layered or thick)
- flexible hairspray
- dry shampoo (if your hair needs a bit of texture)
Step 1: Decide where you want to put your bun
German says, you have three general options for easy, messy bun placement: Top of head, back of head (same level as the ears) and low at the top of the neck. Make this decision first, as it will determine how high to put your ponytail. Make sure your hair is dry, and it can be either day-one or day-two hair.
Step 2: Pull your hair back into a ponytail
Finger comb or brush your hair into a ponytail, and wrap the elastic around the base of the pony three times. The first two times, fully pull the hair ends through the ponytail. But on the third time, only pull the hair up slightly, so you have a small bump. That’s the core of your bun. “That determines the size of your knot,” says German. “If you only pull a little bit out, you’ll have a smaller knot.”
Best Health Tip: If your hair is thin and you want a bigger bun, add some texture with a dry shampoo. We’re crushing on the scent of Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lotus ($9.99 at mass retailers).