Monday, October 3, 2011

Effortless Hair Part III: Sock-Bun Technique

I was really excited to try this technique, but disappointed with the results.  As you can see from the picture, it gave me slight curl at the bottom of each layer, but by no means a head of curls.  I'm not saying I'll never do it again, but not for full blown curls.  The best technique for curly hair is Curls Without Heat, and the best technique for a HUGE head of curls is the Mini-Bun Technique

I think the reason this didn't work on my hair was the thickness of my hair.  Yeah yeah, I know... boo hoo.  I'd still like curls on just the ends of my layers... I will say this technique does make the most PERFECT bun!

The Sock-Bun Technique
What you'll need:
-Take a sock that has no match, or any normal (not ankle or knee-high) sock that you're not planning on wearing again, and cut off the toe part like this:

 (photo courtesy of Simply Cadence via Google Images.)

-Next, roll up the sock into the shape of a donut.  This is what will make your curls. Or not, in my case.  I had to use 2 as my hair is so thick.
-Also need a hair band, strong enough to hold a pony tail.

Directions:
1.) Flip your hair over and brush into a pony tail on the top of your head.
2.) Spray your pony tail with water, or spray gel in my case.  It's good to start with clean, 90% dry hair as usual with these posts.
3.) Put your pony tail through the sock-donut, and lower it until it's about 2" from the bottom.  Tuck the ends up and over the donut, until they're all tucked in nicely.
4.) Slowly roll the hair-donut up closer to your scalp, making sure your hair stays tucked it.  The best way to do it is to stick our fingers in the donut-hole, and keep your thumbs on the outside, pulling the inside of the donut out.
5.) Keep this up until you've reached the top of your head and your bun is secure.  It will look like this:


Sorry for the blurry picture...

-Again, due to the thickness and length of my hair I had to do 2 buns.  But aren't they perfect buns? Perfect Princess Leia buns as the hubs calls them...

From the back:



I think it makes my birthmark/blonde streak look awesome!
-Sleep. Zzzzz.  Now it you do one bun on the top of your head it's quite comfortable to sleep on.  But as you can see from the picture above, 2 buns not so much. But again...pain is beauty. Just in this case it wasn't worth it.

Anyways, here's the next day:



Side...


The pink strip is a clip-in extension from Ulta that my beautiful niece Hannah bought for me! They have 6 colors and retail for $8.  My girl Hannah knows me well and went with pink. They're real human hair, so they can be styled along with your regular hair.  They come with a slight curl that matches my hair, so no styling needed here. 

I'd give it a try if I were you, it may work better for you than it did for me.  I'm going to keep it stored in my head as an in-case-of-no-time-to-style remedy as well as the way to make a perfect bun!

Let me know how it turns out on you!

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