An ode to the sock bun

Kaylah Jackson
July 11, 2018 - 12:10 pm

U.S. Marine Corps Photo


Dealing with hair in the military can be a hassle as a female, making sure every piece is neat and stays in the right place through days on a ship, in the field or in garrison takes serious effort (and arm strength).

The Navy’s recent changes to their female grooming standards, which allows women to wear ponytails, locs and other hairstyles, is one step in the direction of making regulations inclusive of its diverse personnel. So, one can only wonder, will the tradition of the “sock bun” be a thing of the past?

Following suit with the Army and Marine Corps, the Navy recently announced changes to their female grooming standards allowing loc hairstyles. The updated regulation also allows hair buns equal to the width of the back of the head. Even ponytails are now approved for wear in PT, working and service uniforms.

Now of course, the sock bun is not the hairstyle of choice for everyone but it’s no secret many females were introduced to the practice of cutting one of their uniform socks and rolling it up so their bun would resemble a picture perfect doughnut shape of glory.

It’s only right as the services come to terms with expanding their conventions to reflect a modern and diverse force (without sacrificing safety of course) that we feature some of the best looking sock buns to-date.


(Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Bolser)

(Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Krista Hair/ released)

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara/released)

(U.S. Navy Photo by Lt. Adam Demeter/RELEASED)

Photo by Sgt. Rebecca Eller

(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

Whether tightly twisted, cut short, or neatly pulled back in locs, female service members take pride in how they present their hair in uniform and the sock bun has always been a part of that tradition.

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