Curling my hair is the bane of my existence.
My locks are either up in a ponytail or stick straight. Doing anything more causes a surge in anxiety I don’t need.
Still, I’ve always been really hard on myself for never learning how to properly curl my hair. I have tried many, many, many times to curl my tresses utilizing a variety of tools and techniques, though it never worked out in my favor.
Lately, I’ve been a little too wrapped up in the TikTok app. A platform to create any and every type of video content, many girls have been sharing plenty of hair curling tutorials. Their secret weapon? Socks. To be more precise, tube socks, some rubber bands, and a little bit of sleep.
I figured there was no way socks were the missing link in my inability to curl my hair, yet I decided I would give it a go. At the very least, it wouldn’t work and I could move on with my life.
I endlessly scrolled through hours of video footage to find the best tutorial. I was hoping they would all be the same, and while each one had similarities, they had plenty of differences in technique.
Some girls would twist their hair in a tight spiral around the sock, others would cross it around, making an ‘X’ with their strands. Some used a ton of ponytail holders, others didn’t use any.
Realizing that how I curled my hair with the socks was ultimately up to me, I grew a tad bit frustrated. I wanted there to be one way that would work for everyone, but then I remembered that everyone’s hair is different and we’re not all robots who get to pop on a wig every morning and call it a day.
With that in mind, I decided to make this hair hack my own.
The first thing I did was to separate my slightly damp hair into four sections. With the first section, I decided to do the twisting technique. I began by tying the sock around the stand towards the top, then spiraling it all the way down to the end. When it came time to secure it with a hair tie, it immediately lost its hold.
Feeling slightly discouraged, I moved onto the ‘X’ wrapping technique. That one was slightly more difficult than I had anticipated, especially when it came down to the back sections.
With a little blood, sweat, and tears, I was able to complete my whole head.
Though my face looks excited, I wasn’t entirely sold on how I eventually wrapped my hair around the socks. I went to bed thinking it would appear a disastrous ball of knots in the morning. Boy, was I wrong.
I was slow to take the socks out of my locks when I woke up, mainly because I was nervous all my hard work would be for nothing. I started with one of the back sections and was shocked when it came out looking somewhat decent. Then the next section looked perfectly curled, and so did the next, and so did the final one.
My jaw was on the floor when I finally saw the curls I created using some regular ol’ tube socks. To say I was flabbergasted would be the understatement of the year.
They’re not entirely perfect, so I’ll continue to work on my technique, but this is the first time in a long time I’ve attempted to curl my hair and actually felt confident walking out of the house with my hair in waves.
I could not stop flipping my hair around and watching these cutesy curls bounce. Who would’ve guessed socks would give me curls like these? Certainly not me!
All in all, I would say this hair hack definitely works. If I can do it, any one of you reading this can, too.
If you have more experience with a curling iron, you might find it’s easiest for you to stick with your beloved tools. Though if you want to avoid using anymore heat on your locks, you’ll likely benefit from giving this tutorial a try.
In the mood to discover more hair hacks from TikTok? Give these 10 tutorials a try!