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How to Make a Small Bun Look Fuller

author image Mimi Bullock
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.
How to Make a Small Bun Look Fuller
Create more volume by curling your hair before pulling it up into a bun. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

If you have medium to long hair, you can perch a pretty bun on the top of your head like a ballerina. Women with fine-textured or thin hair may have a more difficult time. If backcombing your hair doesn't give you the fullness you desire, try a few variations of the sock method to increase your hair volume and get the full bun that you want.

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Roll the Sock Down

Step 1

Gather the hair up into a ponytail on the highest point of your head using a paddle brush and secure it with an elastic. Smooth the surrounding hair with your fingers to get the lumps and bumps out of your hair.

Step 2

Select a clean, short sock. Cut the toe off the sock with sharp scissors.

Step 3

Gather up the sock, doughnut-style. Slide the sock down the ponytail, bringing it to rest on the scalp.

Step 4

Twist the end of the ponytail two or three times. Wrap the ponytail around the sock, covering it completely.

Step 5

Pin the hair with bobby pins to keep the bun in place. Douse the bun with a blast of hairspray.

Ponytail Roll Down

Step 1

Place the cut-up sock at the tip of the ponytail.

Step 2

Roll the sock down the ponytail, gathering hair as you go. Ease the sock down slowly for the smoothest finish.

Step 3

Secure the bun with bobby pins, but keep some hair loose for a more casual look.

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