A Sock Bun Transitioners Will Adore

Transitioning 101: The Classic Sock Bun

During my transition to natural hair, I experimented with all types of styles to blend my natural hair with my relaxed ends. One of my favorite styles was the sock bun, a great way to be stylish without much hassle. The best thing about this style is the low maintenance and the protection it provides for your ends, reducing breakage and split ends.

Creating this sock bun style is easy and uses low manipulation to blend both textures of hair. With a little imagination, repositioning and use of accessories, you will never grow bored of this go to style during your journey to au natural glory!

Follow These Steps For a Chic and Bold Sock Bun Style!

What you will need:

Sock Bun of desired size and thickness, Click here to make a sock bun

Wide tooth comb, Brush for edges

Rat Tail Comb

Olive Oil or Aloe Vera Gel

Seamless ponytail holder with metal pieces

3 to 4 Hair pins(optional)

  •  Gently detangle and comb your hair back and away from your face.
  • Apply a dime-sized amount of moisturizer to the palms of your hands. Rub your hands together and gently distribute the moisturizer throughout your hair. Focus your moisturizing efforts on the ends of your hair. The ends of the hair are the oldest and most prone to damage and breakage. Also apply oil to your ends to seal in the moisture.
  • Determine where your bun will sit. Sock buns can be worn high, straight back or to the side of the head.
  • Continue to comb, smooth, and arrange the hair into a ponytail. Ideally, your ponytail holder should be seamless and contain no metal pieces. Optional: Apply gel and brush for smoother edges.

  • Insert your ponytail carefully through the hole in the sock bun.  Make sure that your entire ponytail is coming through the hole.
  • Press the sock bun form firmly down to your head to close any gaps between your head and the bun form, ensuring tightness and neatness of the finished product.
  • Split your ponytail into two sections, a top half and bottom half. Fan your hair out evenly around the bun.
  • Using the end of a rat tail comb, carefully smooth and tuck the ends of your hair under the sock bun form. Optional: You may secure your hair with hair pins to extra secure hold, I normally don’t use them.
  • Use a silk scarf to lay your edges down for a smooth finish.


Finally your sock bun style is complete! I normally wore mine without accessories but when going out with my hubby or friends, simple  accessories like a flower, silk scrunchie or gem pin will glam your sock bun up. Don’t forget to reposition your sock bun to create different haute looks! Happy Journey Transitioners!

How do you wear your sock bun?

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About CreativeliCoiled

Kientha is the creator and editor of Creativeli Coiled. She is also an educator, wife and mother. She loves all things handmade and prides herself on being crafty and a great mother . Her hobbies are making jewelry and hair accessories. Through her blog she experiences her passion of natural hair and a healthy state of being. Check out her blog at http://creativelicoiled.blogspot.com
  • Babigurl1973

    I love sock buns… The only problem I have with currently getting the sock bus style to work is getting my natural hair to lay down!

    • Monique Bennefield

      Check out:I hope it helps. Good Luck

      An Innovative Way to do a High Bun 

    • Keedy White

       I love this style as well, the key to doing a sock bun on fully natural hair is starting on damp not soaking wet hair. Comb your hair upward into a ponytail using a wide tooth comb, hold your firmly with your hand and add aloe vera or olive oil to your edges use a brush to smooth the hair and place into a ponytail. after its in a ponytail continue to smooth the hair with brush and immediately after tie a silk or satin scarf around your head and let dry. proceed with the next steps above! Let me know how it works, I would love to here from you with the final results!

  • Monique Bennefield

    I haven’t tried the sock bun style yet, but I’m going to give it a try on an old twist out. Thanks for the info. 

    • Keedy White

      I love a textured high bun! It brings so much dimension to this simple style! Please send me a picture to creativelicoiled@gmail.com, I would love to see the final results. I know it will be fabulous!