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The Hair Style Directory
This bun has a little secret... padding! Doughnut-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 doughnut shape and you have the perfect fit for your bun! You can also purchase hair padding in lots of shapes, sizes and colours 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.

Medium to long
Like the top knot bun, the doughnut bun loves an accessory. Tie scarves around the bun or add clips, hair slides, flowers
or headbands.
Try a low doughnut bun at the nape of your neck, or wear it to the side for an asymmetrical look.

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  • How to style a donut bun. Doughnut Bun - Step 1
    Step 1

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

  • How to style a donut bun. Doughnut Bun - Step 2
    Step 2

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

  • How to style a donut bun. Doughnut Bun - Step 3
    Step 3

    Hide the doughnut by twisting and wrapping your hair around it.

  • How to style a donut bun. Doughnut Bun - Step 4
    Step 4

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

  • How to style a donut bun. Doughnut Bun - Step 5
    Step 5

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

    Keep your doughnut 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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