What You Know About That Sock Bun Though? Hair Accessories Every Black Girl Has Rocked

January 21, 2013 ‐ By
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The jokes never end when it comes to Black women and how serious we take our hair, but truth be told, we only go so hard because we’ve been taught to from a young age. As little girls you’d be hard pressed to see us without some type of accessory in our head — shout out to our mamas — and most of us just kept that trend going right up through middle school, junior high, high school, and even college. You can probably already name five things off the top of your head that you’ve worn in your hair at some point without even trying, and if you need help remembering the rest, check out this list of hair accessories every Black girl has rocked at some point.

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    I used the beads, the barrettes, the claw, & most definitely the Scrunchie. I still use the claws (mainly to hold my hair up while I’m in the shower) & the Scrunchie (On a daily basis)

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  • Kaila P`

    What about hair bubbles, they had big bubbles at the end and we wrapped them around our ponytails

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  • SexNdaCity

    Rocked all of these at some point except for the studded bandanas. I used to looooove me some butterfly clips back in the day. I used to put them at the ends of my flat twists in the front of my head and the back would be in a high weave ponytail. lol.

  • M$. LI$@

    i used everything on here except the sock bun thing

  • Oh my goodness I’ve had all of these at one point or another lol! Those were the days when I was younger.

  • Gigi

    I assume (yea I know) that the author is a 90s baby. So I’ll drop just a little knowledge. I’m about to date myself…butterfly clips and banana clips originated in the 80s. The original butterfly clips were much bigger. Banana clips weren’t originally supposed to spark a hairstyle. They were the hairstyle. And beads…straight out of the 70s.

  • Miyako

    There are a few items on this list that I have not ‘rocked’ as a Black woman or when I was a girl.

  • chanela

    you know what’s missing tho? those butterflies that looked like they were moving. they were on some sort of spring and when you move when it looks like they’re fluttering

    • nick

      i just had a major flash back. i had one too many of those things lol..i might have lived in claires at one point

    • keesha

      I remember those!

  • chanela

    WHAT?!?!?! how u gonna diss my banana clips?!?! those are amazing. i just found out about them recently.lol

    they’re usually the only way that i hold my hair up when i decide to stop flat ironing it and wear it out. i only get black,brown,and clear ones though. whatttt!!

    • Cinnamon71

      I still love wearing banana clips, I’ve been wearing them on and off for many years. I love how much fuller they make your hair look than wearing an elastic band. They are so convenient and perfect to use when you experience a “bad hair” day.

  • Ms. Kameria

    The sock buns, snap clips, and butterfly clips summed up my whole middle school hair regime.

  • Sagittarius81

    Barretts-from 2-11 years old (my daughter wears them now)
    Beads- from 4-11 years old (my daughter wears them too)
    Scruncies- from 12-18 years old
    Banana clips-from 14-18 years old
    Clips- from 13-17 years old
    Butterfly clips- 16-17 years old (back in 1998-1999 especially when you had the front twist and the hair was loose or in a pony tail) and don’t forget the ones with butterfly wings move to look like there’s a real one in your hair.
    Sock bun- from 13-24 years old (before I did the big chop and now in dreads)

    Claws- from 14-24 years old.

    • arent sock buns all the rage now for the white girls? I say this cuz the hair and makeup gurus have posted picstiched tutorials all over their instagram, in their case, its more messy to give that high fashion “messy top bun”, i laugh cuz that is such a old technique brought back in such a new age way