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Donut Bun

THE LOOK

This bun has a little secret . . . padding! Donut-shaped mesh padding adds a little oomph and turns your top knot into a statement—think of it like a push up bra for your hair. This style is also known as a sock bun. It takes its name from a DIY trick where you make your own padding with an old sock. Simply cut the toe section off the end of a sock so you are left with a tube. Roll the tube up into a donut shape and you have the perfect fit for your bun! You can also purchase hair padding in lots of shapes, sizes, and colors from beauty retailers. With this hidden secret, everyone will think you have thick, long hair, so it’s a great look for those with fine or short hair.

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Medium

IDEAL HAIR LENGTH

Medium to long

HAIR EXTENSIONS NEEDED?

No

ASSISTANCE NEEDED?

No

ACCESSORIES

Like the top knot bun, the donut bun loves an accessory. Tie scarves around the bun or add clips, barrettes, flowers, or headbands.

TRY THIS

Try a low donut bun at the nape of your neck, or wear it to the side for an asymmetrical look.

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Top : Hairstyling and makeup by Erin Skipley, photography by Elizabeth Messina, modeling by Faye.
Bottom left : Hairstyling and modeling by Chrissann Gasparro, photography by Drew Nebrig.
Bottom right : Hairstyling by Flavia Carolina with Versa Artistry, photography by Yan Photo.

HOW TO GET IT DONUT BUN

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Paddle brush or bristle brush
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair donut
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray

1). Using a paddle or bristle brush, gather all your hair up into a high ponytail and secure it with a strong elastic. You’ll need your ponytail to stay secure and support your bun. Pop your donut padding around your ponytail. Try and use padding that is close in color to your hair color.

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2). Gently backcomb your ponytail to create more volume so you have enough hair to cover the donut.

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3). Hide the donut by twisting and wrapping your hair around it.

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4). Find the center of your ponytail and wrap your hair around evenly to cover the donut. Use bobby pins to secure the ends of your hair. You can also tuck your hair under the donut to keep it neat.

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5). Finish with a spritz of hairspray to smooth any frizzy flyaways.

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TOP TIP : Keep your donut bun a little messy and natural looking, and no one will know you are hiding secret padding in there. Tease the ponytail first to add texture to the finished style and pull at a few sections of hair to keep it looking a little uneven. If you want to use a real sock, remember to wash it first. Pooh!

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