Another take in the sock bun! Push the sock down to the bottom of the pony tail. Spread the hair out around the sock and secure with an elastic. Braid the remaining hair wrapping it around the bun, pinning it down till its secure.
Another hair trick: How to do beachy waves in less than 5 minutes: Divide your hair into two parts. Twist each section and tie with a hair tie. Run your straighter/flat iron over both of the twist a few times. Untie twists, and you're done.