Best of wht 2012: How-To Style a Perfect Sock Bun

It’s best of week at we heart this! We’re taking a slight posting break over the holidays, but to celebrate the upcoming New Year, we’ll be bringing you the best and most popular posts of the past year. If you’re planning to wear a fab updo this New Year’s Eve, try the Sock Bun as taught by hair guru Nicholas Penna, Jr ~ wht

sock bun Best of wht 2012: How To Style a Perfect Sock Bun

We’re thrilled to welcome back hair expert Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri, and a coveted mainstay every year at New York Fashion Week.

Today, Nick is sharing the the details on how to create one of the year’s hottest looks – the Sock Bun. Nick loves this style because it’s elegant, simple and can be worn when you are dressed up or down. He tells us “It’s perfect for going to the beach or something more formal like work or a wedding.”

How To Create a Sock Bun

1. Start by blow-drying hair with a boar bristle brush.

2. Once hair is dry, apply a dime-sized drop of smoothing serum to the shafts and ends of hair.

3. Using a fine-tooth comb to smooth out bumps, slick hair back into a high ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with an elastic.

4. Cut off the end of a clean, unwanted sock (where your toes would be), and roll it up into a donut shape.

5. Place the sock around the base of the ponytail so that it is tightly against your head.

6. Tilt your head slightly forward and spread your ponytail evenly around the sock so that half of your hair is toward the top of the sock, pointing toward your forehead, and half is at the bottom, pointing toward your back.

7. Use a second hair elastic to wrap and secure hair around the outside of the sock, creating a ballerina-bun at the crown of your head.

8. Twist remaining hair in one direction and use bobby-pins to tuck and clip the ends underneath your bun.

9. Finish with a light application of hairspray. Nick swears by Shu Uemura’s Sheer Lacquer.

Voilà – who would have thought there was a sock in there?

Thanks to Nick and the folks at SalonCapri for the Sock Bun directions!

Readers – what are your hair and makeup plans for this New year’s Eve?

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