8 Shortcuts You Haven’t Tried Yet

1. Dry shampoo: For the girl on the go who does not want greasy hair!
2. Smooth shave: Smooth legs, no expensive shaving cream!
3. “Cheater” Homemade pizza: Thai Chicken. Make it for your friends, it’s better than delivery.
4. Dump cake: The birthday cake that you just didn’t have time to make!
5. Editing your own photos: The professional look without the professional cost.
6. A sock bun: For the days when you just can’t handle your hair.
7. Yoga for the mind: Generating gratitude to help center you.
8. At home highlights: Do-it-yourself make over, right at your bathroom sink.




Beauty Tip Thursday- The Sock Bun!



Katie is the first of my friends I have asked to contribute to Shortcut Girl. She teaches with me and shares my love of diet pepsi, reality TV and fancy notebooks. She also has amazing beauty tips which is what she is writing about here today!

Discovering the “sock bun” was easily the most life-changing thing that has ever happened to me. I rank it up there with getting engaged and buying my first car. I was scouring Pinterest one day and came across the most beautiful looking bun I had ever seen. I immediately thought that there was no way I could recreate this due to my lack of hair styling skills. I set out to try my hardest to achieve “the sock bun.. Every time I wear one (which is all the time because I hate washing my hair), I receive numerous compliments from friends and strangers. I often get stopped at stores by people asking me how I got my bun to “look like that!” I am more than willing to share this secret, because when I teach someone how to do a sock bun, I feel like I am changing the world for the better. One bun at a time.

How to do it:

Step 1: Find a sock. You want to make sure that this is not a sock you are particularly attached to because you will not be able to wear it again (at least not on your feet!). It does not matter what kind of sock you choose. People are amazed to hear that the sock in my hair is actually a Halloween sock. An easy sock to give up to the sock bun for its lack of versatility.

Step 2: Cut the toe part of the sock completely off.

Step 3: Starting at either end of the sock, roll the sock so it creates a donut shape.

Step 4: Put your hair into a ponytail. You can either position it high up on your head or in the middle, it’s up to you.

Step 5: Loop the donut sock around your ponytail the same way as if it were a ponytail holder. Bring the donut to the end of your ponytail and leave about an inch of hair sticking out.

Step 6: Tuck your ends around the donut and keep folding the donut down as your hair creates the bun shape. Eventually you will have a perfect bun on your head.

Step 7: Enjoy all the compliments on how awesome your hair looks.

I don’t always achieve a perfect bun my first try. The key is to keep practicing until you are satisfied with how the bun looks. One of the great things about the sock bun is that it is easy to do, stays put until you take it out, and can dress up any outfit. I promise you that learning how to do a sock bun will be life-changing. I have one final warning: be prepared, everywhere you go, to explain to other people how you got such a round, perfect, beautiful sock bun. It’s a shortcut that’s great to share!