Sponge Bun 101

There’s no doubt you’ve heard of the sock bun – it’s been all the rage lately. Personally, I love the sock bun because I think it’s very blogger chic, which is the new phrase I’m using to describe my own style, or rather, the style I want to exude.

I’ve been getting better at meshing my look with this blogger chic style I’ve made up in my mind: I’ve been wearing more lipstick, rocking some studded boots from Italy, and the sock bun is my go-to hair-do.

Except, I don’t use a sock — I use a sponge.

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See, style, in general, is a bit of trial and error for me. Mostly, though I have to admit: a lot of error. And the sock bun was no exception. I did like most women and looked up how to do a sock bun on Pinterest, then I cut up a sock, and then the difficulty set in as I spent hours in the bathroom, trying to replicate the look, just for my arms to start hurting from holding them up so long! I wore the bun that day but it didn’t feel secure at all; the sock was flimsy and I swore people could SEE there was a sock in my hair (embarrassing) but, then on a random trip to Icing (accessory store) later that week I happen to notice a “hair donut” by the register. This, my friends, is the secret to the PERFECT sock bun!

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The sponge, not sock has proven a much better tool for creating the desired sock-bun look and, good news: you don’t have to cut up any socks! Just pick up a donut at a nearby accessories store (or online) that matches the color of your hair whether it’s black, blonde, or brown.

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Next, put your hair in a pony tail. Then put your pony tail through the sponge and slide it to the base.

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Now, you can go about this several different ways but I separate my hair into sections and begin wrapping the sections around the sponge and tucking them underneath.

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Now use bobby pins to tuck and secure the sponge into place.

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Now-Pin-it

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Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect! (My motto is that it just has to be big!)

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If you have bangs like me, the next step is to flat iron them down…

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Then hair spray it all into place…

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Ta da! Your sponge bun is good to go! I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on this hair style. I love that it looks very put together and professional, but little do people know, it’s super easy to do!

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Oh and by the way, Rocky loves this look on you!

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And because I’m a stickler for Pinterest tutorials and love to have quick references, here’s a condensed version of this guide!

Sock-Bun-Tutorial

Do you have a favorite hairstyle that you like to wear? 

  • Maria Angelique

    Love it! I have short hair but I am hoping my hair will be long for my wedding next year! This looks super cute on you!

    • Sara

      Thanks Maria! It’s a fun and easy go-to hairstyle for those of us with longer locks! Some days I wish I had short hair cause it’s less hassle! Haha.

  • Kristie W

    Great step by step tutorial. I’ve got it pinned in case I ever let my hair grow long again!

  • Sara Burnett

    Love this! Definitely trying it.