How To Use A Sock To Get Beautiful Curly Hair Without Heat

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 in Featured, For Moms, Hair Help | 131 comments

If you are a mom on the go with long hair you HAVE TO try this.  It will  knock your socks off and have you wrapping your hair up in them!  This is all about how to make your hair beautiful with no heat and no time.  Curl your hair in your sleep with a sock.

Yup, you heard me right.  Have you heard of this sock bun?  You really can curl your hair in your sleep with a sock.  If you have ever ran out the door in a sweat, with two different earnings in, desperately trying to throw some bobby pins in your hair in hopes that you don’t look like a mess.  You know what I am talking about Mom’s – This is for you.  In my house I get everyone else in the family ready first.  They are all looking adorable for every function  before I have even given a thought to what I am going to do to with my own hair.  Any busy mom knows exactly what I mean.  Whatever time is left is what determines your look for the day (good or bad), right?

I was on Pinterest a while back and spotted this post about the sock bun which links you to her video on YouTube. I have to admit, I was very skeptical at first. Basically they were saying that you could wrap your hair in a sock overnight and wake up with beautiful curls.  Before I started staying home with my kiddos I was a cosmetologist by trade.  I am forever trying new products and styling techniques, and love all things that have to do with hair. Now that I am a mom of two, my hair is at the bottom of the list of things to worry about.  It’s more about looking presentable than having a great style each day. This blows me away.

Why?

Because:

  • It literally takes a minute to do
  • NO heat at all – just a soft little sock in your hair
  • No product (for me anyway)
  • You can sleep in it very comfortably
  • It works Marvelously and is simple beautiful

This is the sock bun before and after of my hair. I have long hair with a cut that includes a lot of layering.  I have a natural wave to my hair and would say it curls very easily. From what I have read, this works on hard to curl hair too.  I do not have to use product for this to work in my hair.

Here are the  step by step instructions on how to make this work.

First steal a sock from your husband’s dress sock collection (that is what I did anyway). I chose a longer, thinner dress sock. Cut off the toe of the sock.

Now roll the sock into a ring.  View my video on how to roll a sock into a ring for a visual. This is now your new favorite hairstyling styling tool, I promise you!  This is all you need to make the curls in the picture above. To do this you start with dry hair.

Put your dry hair into a high ponytail. Get it as high on top of your head as you can. I flip my head over and gather the hair to put into a ponytail.  Secure the hair with a hair tie.

Now spritz just the hair in your ponytail with water.  You do not want it to be  wet.  I would call it slightly damp.  Remember you want it to dry overnight – if it is too wet it will not dry completely.  After you have tried this a few times you will know the perfect dampness for your own hair.

Now grab your rolled up sock and put your ponytail through the hole.  Pull the sock straight up to the tip of your ponytail.  When you pull the sock to the top of your ponytail – slide it back down just a bit.  With the hair that is sticking out spread it all the way around the sock evenly.   After the hair is spread around the sock it should go up and over the sock and then get tucked under the sock.   You should now have all of the ends of your hair neatly underneath the sock ring so you can begin rolling the hair onto the sock.  Start rolling the sock down so your hair is being fed through the hole, then up and around the sock.

Now simply roll all of your hair onto the sock until you reach the base of your ponytail.  Try to keep the ponytail straight up while you roll so that the hair is taught.

When you are finished rolling the hair onto the sock you have a  bun on top of your head.  I’m not going to lie I have dropped off my son at school with the bun in my hair.  There is no need to secure it with anything else.  It will stay put perfectly just the way it is.  Now go to sleep and dream about how beautiful your hair will be when you awake!  In the morning remove the bun and TA-DA!!!  You have a head full of soft pretty curls.

This is my new go-to styling technique. I have been doing this at least four times a week to my hair.   It looks great all down, in a simple ponytail, or half up.  I would do this for a fancy evening out or to curl my hair for an up-do as well.  It gives me such natural looking  perfect curls.  So simple and so beautiful. Anyone can do this.  It is nice to be able to leave the house and not feel like a mess for a change.  This look is quite different from my normal hair in a messy bun because I ran out of time to do anything with it look – and it takes the same amount of time.

Video Demonstration

If you are more of a visual person, I have put together a short video to help show the process.

How To Put A Sock Bun In Your Hair Video

Sock Bun Inspired Hairstyles

If you are looking for a quick hairstyle using the sock bun curl technique, you can find one here:

Fancy Five Minute Hairstyle Using Overnight Sock Bun Curls

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131 Comments

  1. Oh the evil sock bun! I was in the Marines, and they taught us how to make a sock bun in boot camp, I wore one in my hair for about 5 years (sometimes I would french braid instead of course)…I always had a bit of a funny bump where the hair band was when I took the bun out. Of course, the Marines are not fans of flyaways, so my hair was always loaded with gross gel and hairspray too. One of the things I do not miss about the military!

    • I bet you have no desire to wear the sock bun these days! Thanks for your service in the military – you are a stronger woman than I!

  2. This is a great technique but what I don’t like about it is you can only do it overnight. Is there anyway you could do it during the day? Maybe keep your bun in throughout the whole day or (gasp!) use a hairdryer on the bun?

    • Oh my gosh – you can absolutely do that! I think the bun looks super cute by itself – I sometimes where it during the day with a ribbon or something around it and then let my hair down for the evening – whatever works for )you! I do wear it a little lower on my head if I am going to sport the bun as a style. I also have one of those dryers that you sit under – 20 minutes under the dryer usually works 😉

  3. What kind of hair tie did you use? I tried it and it left a big bump in my hair. Did I wrap it to Tight? HELP ME 🙂

    • Hi Alissa – For me, I have found that using another small piece of sock works great. For instance the part of the sock that you cut off to create the sock ring (cut the toe part of off that) and use it as your hair tie. I have also used a small section of my hair to wrap around the ponytail and pinned it with bobby pins. This method is not nearly as secure, but lessens the “bump”.

  4. brilliant!

  5. Wow, I’ve never Heard of anything like this. It should be perfect for me

  6. I was just looking for easy techniques to curl my hair and this seems to be perfect. Thanks 🙂

  7. I’m a bit confused about the 5th step. Could you maybe word it to me a little better.? It’s the one about putting the sock through your ponytail. Thanks.

  8. Your hair idea is GENIUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! It worked on my lil girls and myself.Which is a combo of short hair for me and layered for her.By the way your hair is beautiful

  9. I stumbled upon this and it is so brilliant! Thanks to your article, now I have people telling me how great my soft curls are. 🙂 I will always use this technique, especially now that my semester has started. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  10. I have my (long-down-to-my-butt-very-curly) hair up in the sock bun for the first time! it will almost be like christmas when I wake up in the morning! *crosses fingers* hope for great curls!

  11. I was VERY happy when I came across this on pinterest. I was in doubt, I admit, but read through your blog. I am a mom of 2 young boys, and don’t have time to do my hair. I love this for several reasons:
    A. Very little preparation time. AND you don’t have to actually curl your hair, you can just go to bed and it will be gorgeous when you take it out!
    B. No using heat to curl the hair!! I love this idea, I am growing my hair out long and I am trying my best to not damage it.
    C. The bun is adorable if you just leave the sock in!!
    I loved how my hair looked this morning. My husband said it looked very nice and I posted this link on facebook and had several people ask about it. I even sent them this link! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  12. Will this work with blown dry hair? i hope so! trying it tonight! great idea!!

  13. I have a bun on my head as we speak! Very excited for the morning! Thanks for this helpful article!

  14. I’ve tried this many times and it never works for me..maybe you could post a video of you rolling it so i can see if im doing it right?

  15. I tried this once and it didn’t work. I made the bun right but when I took it off, the results where not as planned… maybe my hair was too dry?

  16. I have 5 kids. boys: 11, 9, 6, & 4 & a 2yr old daughter. My hair is naturally wavy but its not the type of wave to be proud of! lol. I’m trying this out tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Wish me luck!

  17. Awhh!! Love this!! I have some advice for first-timers though.. The first few times i did it my bun was always frizzy and a mess because my arms would start to hurt while i was trying to roll it and i’d get frustrated.. what i found was if i layed with my shoulders on the bed and my head hanging off the side I could take my time and roll it nicely without my arms hurting.. now that i can roll it nicely and quickly, i can do it real quick in front of the mirror etc.

  18. Okay, I LOVE the sock bun. I’ve done it the past 2 nights and it does look awesome when I wake up.
    My problem is that the curl falls out after about an hour.
    Do you think spritzing with hairspray after spraying the water would help?
    Any suggestions?
    thanks 🙂

  19. THIS IS AMAZING!
    I was a bit skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer!
    I’ve done it everyday this week! Saves me a TON of time in the morning, which means more sleep — which is always a good thing.

    Thanks so much! It’s brilliant!

  20. I put mine up right now (: I had no socks so i used part of some tights..lets see how this workss

  21. this is seriously genius! cant wait to try it on my hair tonight! thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  22. I tried this last night, and I was so surprised by the results this morning. My hair looked better than I could’ve made it look with a curling iron. This is so simple, and I will be doing it all the time now 😀 Love this 😀

  23. Wow! what an amazing idea, cant wait to get home to try it! Your hair looks gorgous

  24. I tried it for like a half hour.. my hair i think is just too layered:(

  25. Tried it last night and it worked! My hair is long, with layers, so I had trouble rolling the sock down and tucking all the ends under as I went. First try was a fail, so I unrolled the sock and pulled my hair through it, then started rolling into the ‘donut’. It was much easier to get the ends of my hair tucked under since it wasn’t falling out in every direction. I rolled it all the way to my scalp and it held securely all night. I did not make a ponytail first because I didn’t want to have the tell-tale ‘crimp’ the elastic makes. I used a long sock. The curls were beautiful!!!