Thanks to the sock bun I can wake up with the perfect soft curls in the morning. I have been coming up with some quick and easy styles using the overnight curls that take just minutes. Turn those simple sock bun curls into an up do with a fun and finished look for a night out or just a nice, easy style for on the go.
Remember, I am a very busy mom who doesn’t have an hour in the morning to style my hair. With about 5 minutes I can get this style and be out the door for the day. I am a hairstylist, so doing hair comes easily to me – if you struggle with styling give yourself more than 5 minutes! If I am planning to put my hair up for the day (in something other than a wet ponytail or messy bun), I have to blow dry my hair, curl it with an iron, and then put it up. That is just not going to happen unless I set my alarm at 4:00 in the morning so I can do my hair. Not to mention, it seems a shame to start pinning up and hiding all of those pretty curls that took a half hour to make. Now that I have discovered the magic of the sock bun I don’t feel even the tiniest bit bad throwing the curls up because they were effortless. This is one of my favorite ways to put my hair up. I guess I would call it a messy side up do. I put a sock bun in my hair before bed and wake up with nice curls to work with. You can watch my sock bun video if you want to see how I do this.
Next I hold my bangs straight up, hairspray at the roots, and backcomb to create some volume. I do about three more sections using the hair from my bangs to the crown of my head the same way. Lift, spray, and backcomb. This does not look pretty while you are doing it, but it is how I achieve the smoothed over volume in the front of this style.
Now I take a bristle brush and smooth the hair down. I brush very lightly in the direction that I want the hair to lie until the just the top has no visible backcombing or bumps. You want to smooth the top over without removing all of the backcombing underneath. Then I use about four bobby pins to secure this part of my hair back as if I were putting my hair half up. You can play around with how much volume you want here. It all depends on where you place the bobby pins. Cris cross the bobby pins so that you get a nice firm hold. If you have super thick hair 4 bobby pins may not cut it and if your hair is very thin 4 might be overkill.
Now I take almost all of my hair (leaving out about a two inch by two inch section) and gather it into a ponytail. Take that hair and make a messy bun that is more to the left (or right if you prefer) side of your head. I do this kind of nonchalantly – it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just wrap your ponytail holder around the whole section of hair once and then pull the hair about halfway through again. Pretend you just woke up and are late for work and are quickly throwing your hair in a messy bun.
The last step is to take the section of hair that you left out and wrap it around the ponytail holder to hide it. Pin it in place using a bobby pin in the opposite direction as the hair is going. Now if you need to, you can piece the curls apart a little and hairspray or throw in a couple more pins if you need to. I like to add some little flowers for fun and … walla! A pretty but easy style that takes hardly anytime at all. No one would know that you curled your hair in your sleep and cheated by using a messy side bun to make this up do!
More On Sock Bun Curls
If you are looking for more information on sock bun curls, take a look at these other posts on ASpottedPony.