DIY braided sock bun

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I like big BUNS and I cannot lie! After the success of my DIY Sock Bun video and post, I felt inspired to update the sock bun look for you all with a DIY Braided Sock Bun! Braids add texture and dimension to the beloved, meaty bun… get more DIY braid inspiration here!

It’s true, you know you have a hit YouTube video on your hands (we’re over 2 million views currently) when you’re getting a ton of negative comments, mostly from people who can’t spell… We thought it would be fun to read through a few of them before we started shooting the actual braid tutorial. The general consensus of the negative comments is that: 1. I’m annoying – I agree, I’ve been saying that for yeeeears, finally some people concur! 2. I seem like I’m drunk or possibly high on drugs – Well, this point relates somewhat to complaint #1, I mean, drunk people are annoying, right? However, I am naturally annoying, I do enjoy a nice dirty martini, but never during the work day or while doing my hair…I like the messy look but not the hot sloppy mess look. Oh, and also, I don’t do drugs duuuuuh, they’re illegal, silly and totes bad for you. 3. That I’m childish or “like a drunk 4 year old” which brings in point number 2 with the drunk thing and as far as the kid accusation, thank you! I feel very lucky to have a job that makes me giddy like a child, I only wish the same for all of you!

Don’t get me wrong, the majority of the comments on the original sock bun video are positive, which I appreciate all of your support and kind words. I’m unusually not phased by negative comments, I think I developed a thick skin as a pre-teen when I first started dressing “crazy” and getting called a “hooker” for my penchant for booty shorts and vinyl. I’ve always been a confident person and my first reaction to negativity, especially from strangers, is to think ill of the person saying it, not myself…like, ‘sucks for you that you’re unhappy in your own life that you fill your time with spewing negativity.’ In my mind they’re slobbery, angry troll people with really hairy moles on their gnarled noses and clumsily type they’re pathetic insults while grunting and drooling. I guess it’s similar to the notion of easing your nervousness by imagining everyone naked…which I’ve never done, I’m inclined to the curmudgeon-troll variety of mind mirages.

Enough about me, let’s get braiding!

Prep It: 

  • hair elastics
  • sock (with the toe cut off and rolled into a bagel shape) – how to for that part here.
  • scissor – for the sock bagel part
  • bobby pins

DO IT!:

  1. put hair up in ponytail on top of head (a little messy if you like that look!)
  2. put rolled sock around ponytail down at the base around the elastic with hair pulled through the center of the sock
  3. divide ponytail like a little fountain around the sock
  4. braid little strands from the center down the length of your hair – do as many braids as you want!
  5. place the elastic around the hair and the sock, creating the bun shape. tip: pull out the bun a little to plump it up…make sure you can see those braids!
  6. take a chunk of the hair that is sticking out still and braid it into a chunkier braid
  7. un-do the remaining braids that are not part of the bun and wrap the remaining pieces of loose hair around the bun and secure with bobby pins
  8. using the bigger braid, wrap it around the base of the bun to conceal the elastic and secure with more bobby pins




  • sahra

    that’s actually super chic and cute! Can’t wait to try it out!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

  • Kate Co

    Ignore the rude comments, you have one of the best tutorials out there! Love the braided look xx

    http://www.dashofkate.blogspot.con

  • Alexis

    People are so mean! I’m glad you took it well Mr.Kate! You are beautiful and your personality definitely is what makes your blog my favorite! And hey, people always throw rocks at things that shine. And you happen to shine brighter than most.

  • Jenny

    If you are annoying, then so am I. Let’s be fab and annoying and big-haired together.

  • Merri Peabody

    Sorry you have haters.. we all do! But you have more fans than Haters! and if you annoy them, then oh well.. too bad for them! But I think you are AWESOME! And OMG that is the easiest way I have seen the sock bun! I even tried to do mine with a brown sock and kept getting spots where you could see my sock… and now I think I may be able to rock this more often this summer! Thanks so much!!

  • @jem1937

    Where is this jacket from!?? LOVE!!!

  • Arianne

    Don’t matter about haters you are a udge inspiration for me. And yes you are energetic but it’s a quality :)

  • laci

    Where can I find the post about the outfit you wore in the original “sock bun DIY” post? (the one with the infinity scarf?) Again, You’re AWESOME!

  • Kiki

    Yout’re beautyfull en your videos are the best video’s on youtube girl!!

  • Oh, you. <3

    When I first saw you I thought I hated you. I quickly realised that that was some bullshit and that I was just jealous of how wonderful you look. You’re not annoying, you’re wonderful. SMOOCH!

  • Niara Williams

    Your an interesting person no lie…..Can you do a DIY for an curly hair…Like how to make it look good. My curls are different sizes and it is messy.

  • Corinny

    Hahahahaaaaa i love this. haters be hatin’! Your ideas and tutorials are amazing. :)

  • cLo

    I love you and think your great! Haters gonna hate!

    • cLo

      you’re!

  • ethelbiza

    Damn right, but those haters in their place! You are amazing!