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Trust me, I get it– some days you want to look chic, but you just don’t have the time to wash, straighten, and/or curl your hair. I’ve been a longtime fan of messy buns and other last minute “running late” hairstyles, but they don’t always work well in a professional or black tie setting. This is an easy sleek high sock bun hair tutorial that works best with second-day hair and will take no more than five minutes! It’s also a chic party hairstyle, so keep it in mind when planning outfits and up-do’s for holiday shindigs.
All you need is a bristled paddle brush (they’re best suited for fast and effective styling), like the 1907 by Fromm Glosser Paddle brush I use in this high sock bun tutorial (available at Ulta), a sock bun maker or an old sock, a hair tie, Bobbi pins, and hairspray. The 1907 by Fromm Glosser Paddle is actually one of my go-to hair tools, since it smoothes your strands and is perfect for an effortless sleek finish.
To start, take your glosser paddle brush and brush your hair into a tight pony tail. The height of your pony tail will be the height of your sock bun, so keep that in mind when brushing and setting your hair. This 1907 by Fromm Glosser Paddle brush is particularly awesome because it has 100% natural boar bristles, which are ideal for a glossy, refined finish. Whenever I need a sleek up-do, I can completely skip the salon, including the cost and time spent sitting in the styling chair, by relying on its fast and effective styling capabilities.
In order to prevent as many premature fly-aways as possible, generously spray hair spray over the top of your head. Use your fingers to pat down any areas that are prone to frizzing or sticking out.
Take your sock bun maker and slide it to the end of your pony tail. If you don’t have a designated sock bun maker, you can use a sock that matches your hair color, cut off the ends, and roll it into a donut.
Spread your hair out evenly (like a fountain) around the sock bun maker.
With you hair fanned out, take a hair tie, place it around the sock bun maker, and secure your high sock bun in place. You should have excess hair hanging down.
Your bun will be nice, tight, and relatively small, depending on the thickness of your sock bun maker. In order to boost its volume, gently pull hair out of the hair tie until you’ve achieved the desired size.
Split the remaining hair into two sections. Take your first section in one hand, twist it firmly, and tightly wrap it all the way around the bun. Secure in place with Bobbi pins. Take the other section, twist it until it’s firm, and wrap it tightly in the opposite direction all the way around the bun. Secure in place with Bobbi pins.
Once everything is nice and secure with Bobbi pins, reinforce the refinement of your sleek high sock bun with more hairspray. Pin down any remaining fly-aways.
Enjoy your sleek high sock bun!
Stay tuned for more hair tutorials using my favorite 1907 by Fromm brushes! Two of my other favorites are their Hot Paddle and Square Thermal brushes, which you can also find at Ulta. The Hot Paddle retains heat better than a traditional paddle brush, making it the first paddle brush specifically designed for efficient blow-drying. It also eliminates the need for double damage caused by blow drying and straightening–while still delivering straight strands with body. The Square Thermal increases contact with hair, which results in significantly faster drying times. Plus, it helps reduce static, which is a huge plus up here in frigid Maine.
What is your go-to “running late” hairstyle or styling tool that helps you to skip the salon?
Thank you, Fromm, for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.