How to Do Princess Leia's Hair

by Mary Avant ; Updated September 28, 2017

"Star Wars" fan or not, practically everyone is familiar with the iconic Princess Leia buns. Made famous by actress Carrie Fisher in the "Star Wars" series, the futuristically chic style is an essential finishing touch to any Leia or sci-fi costume, and is surprisingly simple to recreate at home. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting her trademark look for yourself.

Items you will need

  • Sock buns (or scissors and a pair of socks)
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Elastic ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
Step 1

If you have pre-made sock buns, skip this step. If you're making your own, cut the toe off of each sock. Roll one sock in a downward motion until you reach the end of the sock, which should now be in the shape of a doughnut. Repeat on the second sock.

Step 2

Using a fine-tooth comb, part your hair directly down the middle, splitting it into two equal sections.

Step 3

Pull one side of your separated hair into a ponytail that sits directly above your ear, then secure it with an elastic tie. Repeat this on the other side.

Step 4

Take a sock bun and slide it over one ponytail so that it sits against the side of your head. Slide the sock bun back out to the ends of your hair. Tuck the ends under the sock bun and begin rolling back toward your head, tucking in loose strands as you roll. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5

Using bobby pins, tuck and pin hair under and around each bun to help anchor and secure it.

Step 6

To complete the look, spray buns with a generous amount of hairspray to ensure a tight hold.

All images were shot by Shawna Henrie of Bluedog Fotography in Orange County, California. Hair and makeup done by Dee of Swell Beauty.

About the Author

Mary Avant has worked for several international, national and regional magazines and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written on everything from fashion and health to business and food, and she specializes in women's style, fashion and beauty.