My At Home Donut bun.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

I have seen a lot of people recently with their hair in a perfect fat bun, I love this look and think it is perfect for work. My hair is about 13" long, so just below my shoulders, I do have quite alot of hair, but the texture is not too thick.

I created this look first, when I was a little broke, and payday was still 7 days away, I did not want to spend what little money I did have on a hair donut, so thought I would make my own. You can get pre -made donuts form boots etc and create the same look. I have since bought one to give it a try but I still prefer the sock method as I feel the pre made buns are not big enough for the look I like, and does not feel as sturdy in my hair.

For the bun, you will need to following items.

  • Scissors
  • Pair of Socks
  • Hair Pins
  • 2 x elastic hair ties
  • Hairspray
  • Volume powder (optional) I have very flat hair so I add this to give my ponytail volume

Step 1

Firstly you need to get a pair of socks, I used black as I have dark hair, but you can ammend to suit your hair colour.The socks I used were ordinary male black socks, that I stole form the boyfriend! opps.

  1. Cut off the toe end of each sock, about 3cm up ensuring that both socks are cut evenly.
  2. Place both socks over your arm, one on top of the other and even them out.
  3. Remove both socks together, you should now one sock inside the other.

 Step 2 

You now need to begin rolling your donut. Start at the toe end of the socks, as it is the most uneven, and slowly roll them both back together. Ensure that you smooth your donut that is forming on each roll that you make. At this stage you can unroll and re-roll the socks as many times as you like until you are happy with the finished look 

Step 3 

Next, you need to place your hair into a ponytail using one of your hair ties, at this stage I like to use volumising powder to give my hair a bit of volume and so my hair is not flat against my head, ensure that you are happy with your pony tail at this stage as you will not be able to ammend it at any point.

  1. Place your hair in a pony tail.
  2. Feed your pony tail through the donut.
  3. Spread your pony tail over the donut, ensuring that the socks are completely covered evenly by your hair.

Step 4 

 Once you are happy that your hair is covering the donut secure your second hair tie over the top, as below:  

Step 5 

 In this step you need to use your hair pins to pin the extra hair in place.
  1. Take a section of the excess hair, around 1-2 Cm's and wrap around the bun, securing in place with a bobby pin.
  2. Take the next piece of hair at the bobby pin you have just placed,and repeat this step as below 
  3. Continue this until you have secured all your hair in place.
  4. Any layers that you may have in your hair may come free so use extra bobby pins around the  bun to hide these. (if you want a messier style, I like to leave these).
Use your hair spray to fix in place and smooth over your hair. and voila! 

Here is my finished look. 

What do you think? would you use socks instead of a donut?

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  1. Fabulous clear post - will be trying this out for sure! Thank you!! X

  2. Brill idea, love it! xx

  3. I already have a donut bun that I bought from Primark, but I might try this out just for the fun of it haha! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Just found you through the BBU blog hop, now following! Hope you can check out my blog too? :)

    Laura xx

  4. Wow, this is such a great wee idea! I'll definitely need to try this myself one day! xx

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  6. What a neat and innovative idea, also I enjoyed your video about the top knot from the John Frieda full repair post.

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