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Puff Holders- Natural Hair Styles

By January 27th, 202118 Comments

Puff Holders- Natural Hair Styles

ReignElle’s Natural Tip of the Week

Wanna rock a fierce puff? Well, stop spending money on hair bands and pony tail holders that quickly lose their elasticity and snag your hair, and look in your drawer!

Simply take an old pair of sheer stockings and cut the legs lengthwise. Continue cutting horizontally to your desired length… and voila a hair tie.

To use, just create a tie or knot around your hair with medium tension.


  • Customizable
  • Cheap/ Easily replaceable
  • Doesn’t snag or knot hair
  • Rarely falls apart

Note: I prefer sheer because they have more slip, but regular stocking are capable of working just fine.


  • Anonymous says:

    Co-sign… stockings are awesome (I use the thicker, slightly more expensive kind to create my puffs)… just be sure not to tie it too tight

  • Anonymous says:

    You could cut the 3 inch width top n bottom of the middle of the leg part of the pantyhose and believe me you would not be able to see the hose, of course you need to use a jet black color…it works!

  • Anonymous says:

    Cut the top off an old knee high – it works like a charm! I got this suggestion from another natural.

  • Anonymous says:

    I also use my old colorful tights from when I was little as head bands, LOOOOOOVEEEE ITT!!

  • kimdione says:

    I alternate between tights and those evil Goody "ouchless" headbands. Tights usually hold better & even when my puff was small you couldnt see it.After tying it & pushing it back you tuck or pin the ends to keep them from dangling.Simple.

  • MsAkira says:

    I might try this! I'm 8 mths post BC and I spend so much on head band and before long you can't even see it and they loss elasticity after awhile….

  • mangomadness says:

    I've been using the 50-cent black stocking from Rite Aid, CVS, etc. as puff and bun holders for a while. All I do is cut off the foot and then tie it up. They work well and don't hurt my head like conventional headbands.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use a bra strap from an old convertible bra. It has a better hold and is adjustable. And I have an extra one!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I was using stockings but I realized that anything with elastic gives me a headache halfway through the day. For my puffs I now use a thin scarf and wrap it around several times. Great ideas for those who it works for though.
    @Anon 9:03pm – if your puff is big enough you won't be able to see the stocking underneath.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm not a fan of pantyhose. My hair always seems to get caught when I tie it up or my hair gets attached to the fibers in the pantyhose and breaks. I prefer the headbands from American apparel. They're long pieces of silk or mesh (depending on which one you get) with flexible wires inside so you can twist it which ever way you want it to go and can even make a cute little bow or knot with them. They're not cheap but mine has lasted almost half a year now and they're extra comfy.

  • Unknown says:

    I have been doing this since my big chop and it works wonderfully. Try to get a color that matches your hair and you can't even tell the difference between an elastic band or a stocking!

  • Anonymous says:

    Interesting suggestion, but I don't think I would go out in public with a piece of pantyhose tied up in my hair. Maybe if I was just hanging around home. But that's just me. I usually buy my hair ties at the dollar store. Cute, colourful and very inexpensive.

  • Anonymous says:

    I prefer the goody hair bands, because they do not slide. When I first started puffs, which is my go-to style after an old twist, I always used stocking legs. But they started sliding, so I would tie it into a bow, the knot part of the bow would pull my hair out :(

  • Anonymous says:

    I used stockings as a bonnet at night to prevent the disrupting of braids. I think it should work for twists. It was quite efficient.
    They use it this way in some West Indies countries.
    Still, my head felt too hot because it is a man-made material and my scalp couldn't breath so I sweated a lot and my scalp was scratching me because it was irritated.

    So, sorry but I prefer to use a silk scarf or hair rubber band (without metal that could break some hair strands) and wear puffs :)

    My elastics cost less than 1€ so I think they are less expensive than stockings:)

  • Londanunu says:

    What a great idea! Thanks :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, this won't work for my hair. Somehow, I need the elastic to hold the puff. Otherwise, a stocking ( or anything without significant elasticity) will slide off- regardless of how tightly it is tied. I'm a 3c with fine hair. It seems that I can only achieve a ponypuff- basically a ponytail with the ends left out rather than tucked in.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this idea, I use them with my puff all the time!

  • Anonymous says:

    I wish I had remembered to look in my draw this morning (I have so many old stockings). I was all over the house looking for a pony holder! Thanks for the reminder!!!

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