Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Put A Sock In It - Vix's Guide To Big Hair



Vintage Tricel dress (Banardos), Fake fur collar (Remade from a jumble sale cardi)
Fancy a big up-do like mine? Here's how I do it:

1960's Crimplene Dress (Local charity fundraising stall), Vintage pearl chandeliers (Car Boot Sale)
  • Raid your underwear drawer for an odd sock that matches your own hair colour.
  • Stuff the sock with an old pair of tights.
  • Double over the open end of the sock.
  • Hand-sew the open part closed. 
Nail Varnish is Barry M's Spring Green
  • Attach velcro to either end of the sock. If you're feeling lazy you can sew both ends together so that the sock forms a circle, but it's much easier to use if you can open and close the doughnut on top of your head.

  • There you have it, a hand-made doughnut - bigger than a shop bought one and for free, too. 

  • Next, tie your hair into a high ponytail at the top of your head.

  • Secure the doughnut around your hair band.
  • Part your ponytail in the centre.
  • Ensure the doughnut is covered with hair and no fabric is visible and tuck the hair ends beneath the doughnut.

Ring ( From the gorgeous Sarah)

  • Secure with grips and attach an optional bow.
Hair bow (handmade by my dear Helga) 1960's dress (Banardos) Earrings (Xmas Present)

1960's leather trench (Cancer Research) Vintage velvet bow tie (Salvation Army)

This style works best with unwashed hair.
Faux fur coat (Salvation Army), Dollyrockers Blouse (eBay)


63 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!
    Love the big bun on you. The old socks and tights bun ring is brilliant.

    xx

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  2. Dearest Vix, that is inspired! Of course I would never have thought of making one. Even with my shocking sewing skills I should be able to knock one of those up. I just need to find a beige sock! Fab to talk to you yesterday and thanks for the advice - you were right about that post!! Much love, C xx

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  3. I saw those doghnut things in the shops the other day and wondered what on earth they were for!! Fab lesson Vix xx

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  4. Fab tip Vix! Love the fur collar BTW x

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  5. what a splendid idea amor..loving your expressions in all the pics.that velvet bow is an amazing find.brilliant jacket and mi fave pic..you look so demure.

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  6. Great collar and nail polish. Thanks for this easy to follow directions and all the gorgeous outfits.

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  7. Oh I love it! My topknot thing the other day was purely the result of scragging my hair up to go swimming so I was quite chuffed with the results considering. I bet this would produce MUCH better volume though!

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  8. That is the coolest DIY hair trick I have ever seen!! You're like a magician! I have long hair like you (well, not as thick and pretty, but still, LOL) so I might just try this technique. :)

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  9. Wow, Vix. I know I've said this many times before but you are an utter genius. The bows are a fabulous touch.

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  10. Such a brilliant idea! Never thought to use a sock! Genius. Now I need to find a gingery red sock to match my hair! haha. x

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  11. You are so freaking AMAZING!!! How very "make do" that is,and so fabulousy BIG! I love it!!! O gawd,by doing that I could end up with a basketball on my head! Huzzah!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx
    Feck I LOVE that frock!

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  12. I love it! I might even have a go myself if I can find some yellow socks. xxx

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  13. I love buns and love your idea! I have to say you are looking pretty gorgeous lately too!

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  14. Great & helpful trick! I especially love the picture on which you wear the velvet bow in your hair :-)
    My hair donut is mainly used for doing my fringe.
    xx

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  15. omg i am soooooo gonna try that!!!! thanku thanku thanku for sharing!!!!

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  16. This is frigging amazing what a cool idea it did make me laugh at first. Love your outfit in the last post btw you look gorgeous xoxo

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  17. I love the part of going through the draws looking for something to stuff into the sock.
    How fantastic are you???????????????
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  19. oh, wow! Thanks for the tutorial. Its brilliant and I think hair worn this way looks very chic and sophisticated. Great for a party!

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  20. This is a great idea - I'm kinda wishing I had long hair again now! :)

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  21. Love the fur collar and the bow in the first pic and in the second you look so glamorous!

    Neat tutorial although I like my buns loose! :)

    Tamanna

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  22. EVERYONE in my school is doing this! (but no with a handmade one, obvz)

    It looks amazing with the velvet bow <3

    x x x

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  23. Dear Vix,
    You are the ultimate queen of 'waste not, want not chic'...I hope you are gathering all these tips somewhere, I can certainly see a best selling book in all of this...I'd buy it!
    I used to steal my dads socks when I was a kid to make glove puppets...and the washing machine always got the blame for the sock shortage, hehehe!
    I wish I had the hair to do this look but alas I am not as follically-blessed as you are.
    You look fab in every pic my dear, bun-i-licious!
    Lot's of love,
    Jem
    ...xXx

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  24. Works best with unwashed hair?!? That sold it to me, Vix. I'm so going to try this hair-do. Thank you! xxx

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  25. Brilliant I must make one of those and grow my hair long again!!

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  26. You are a totally ingenious woman!! I have to confess I never need those things my hair is ridiculously thick, but I agree stuff like that works on dirtier hair!

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  27. vix, i love this idea, and i will definitely try this on myself!!!! :D

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  28. Jeaz I wish I could grow my hair out as long as yours. But it just doesn't work the longest I can get it is just below my shoulder blades and by the time it gets there it looks really thing and stringy the bottom 4 inches or so.

    Do you have any hair secrets to get your hair so gorgeous and long?

    I have made hair doughnuts. Your way might be alot better than the way I did it. But I did mine by cutting the toe tip off of a black pair of socks then rolling it from the top all the way to the bottom.

    I love everything you are wearing in this post. Especially the Vintage Tricel dress & the faux fur coat, 60s dress and that gorgeous silver ring with the yellow accents.

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  29. fab. I bought a doghnut ring a few days ago from boots to practise my victory roll but it was bloomin' expensive x

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  30. Very clever idea - I actually recently bought one for 5 quid in Boots and I'm not convinced that it's any good.
    You've inspired me again!
    xxx

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  31. I NEED to try this. My hair is getting ridiculously long lately. Thank-you for a wonderful guide xxx

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  32. Great tip! My hair is too fine for bun ring- I also use a sock (with the toe cut out) or an old wrist band. I coil/roll my pony from end to head over the tube, spreading it as I go. Works so well it's hard to un-bun!

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  33. What a brill idea - would NEVER have thought of that. xx

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  34. Aha! Genius tip. This makes me want to grow my hair again!

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  35. Hi my dear-how very inspirational, I must try this, it looks sensational!! Thanks for the tutorial, I must get donut making very soon-looking gorgeous as usual too!! xxx

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  36. You clever chick you. So much better to re-use something too! thank you for the demo. xx

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  37. Vix you look amazing as ever. I use a doughnut ring but I am deffo going to try this to make a bigger one!

    xoxo Amie

    www.creditcrunchchic.blogspot.com

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  38. Wow, you clever thing! I would never think that was how you achieved that look (because I am so crap with my hair!) but it is fantastic! x

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  39. Gorgeous! Such a good and easy idea to make the bun ring out of a sock! x

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  40. Awesome! I've got a fab event on tonight just perfect for some BIG hair to go with my AMAZING new frock so the timing on this post is perfect. Thanks Vix - inspirational as always! You're so clever. Sarah xxx

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  41. You are a genius. You REALLY are! Gonna try it for sure ...!!!

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  42. You have fabulous hair Vix .. I love the way you manage to do it xx

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  43. Oh how I wish I had long hair again so I could do fun things like this. I don't really, long hair was a pain in the arse. But I do love your poufy bun x

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  44. Ooh you're doing hair now, you are getting advanced ;) Great idea!

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  45. I don't think my hair is quite long enough to try this yet, but I am "socking" the idea away for when it is.

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  46. When I come over to go thrifting and we go to have a curry dinner I shall get some lessons on hair and clothes methinks.

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  47. Great idea.
    You look super fantastic in the leather coat and velvet bow.

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  48. Ha ha! Pure genius! Drooling over that leather trench by the way xx

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  49. Thats a brilliant idea. I've seen them in the shops before and they are expensive for what they are. Your hair always looks great. I really like the little tartan hair bow Helga sent you.
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment the other day. Everyones kind words really cheered me up. x

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  50. Ingenious as always. Give me a few more months and the old mop will be long enough to give this a go. I am soooooo jealous of your beautiful hair xx

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  51. Tada!:D Looks really chic!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  52. if only my hair was as lovely as yours, vix! a lovely how-to, i wish my hair was long enough! do you follow carrie's blog, wishwishwish? she recently featured her own beehive tutorial on her blog which was so pretty. to be honest i'm not really fond of my hair, i literally just do what i can to stop it being frizzy and to hide my big forehead, hehe, so doing my hair is more of a chore than anything else. i long for smooth, non-frizzy, slightly wavy locks. sigh...

    xxx

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  53. p.s. thank-you for your lovely comment, by the way! :)

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  54. That is so stylish and inventive. Must try it soon.

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  55. This is genius! Although I just backcomb my hairb when I do a top knot and my hair is big enough anyway, haha!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  56. Haha! I'm so glad you exist and that you share said existence with the world! This is awesome.

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  57. When I stay away for a week I miss all the fun! I love your hair up like that! I just made a quick & pitiful attempt to do it on my own hair. I think I need about 4 more inches!

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  58. Please tell me you are single, gosh you are one lovely looking lady

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