I love the soft waves created by the wildly popular Sock Bun. I also like the fact that the sock bun is appropriate for a quick run to the park or grocer's.
But when I tried to roll my shoulder length silky-fine layered hair into a sock bun, it was an epic fail. Bummer.
I discovered another method by accident and refined it:
|Claw clips are easy to find, easy to use, and inexpensive. Anything that holds the coiled chignon in place will work, though.|
- Rub a dollop of volumizing mousse through freshly washed hair.
- Dry front/bangs as normal, but leave back and sides damp.
- Style bangs and short front pieces. Back should be just barely damp through at this point. Use a spritz of water or a quick shot with a hair dryer if necessary.
- Pull sides and back into a high ponytail just above the tops of your ears, but centered on the back of your head. Do not use a band.
- Twist hair until it coils back on itself. You're essentially making one giant pin curl. Make sure the ends of the hair are coiled around into a curl. (My grammy, a hair dresser back in the 1930's, taught me the trick of twisting hair into a pin curl instead of just rolling it. You get a more natural curl that way, and the pins won't leave marks.)
- Place a claw clip snugly over the chignon you created. You may have to smoosh the bun into more of an oblong shape for it to fit.
- Use bobby pins to position styled front pieces. Be careful of making weird ridges in the damp part of your hair.
- Give the chignon a shot of hot air from your blowdryer, and then leave it in until it's completely dry.
- Remove claw clip and bobby pins and finger comb hair. A pomade will help define the curl and eliminate frizzies. Give the whole style a shot of hairspray.
- On rainy or hot, humid days I return my hair to the chignon and claw clip after it's all dried until I want it down and then just shake/finger comb it out.