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I chopped my hair short, so many reasons, and here are two more solutions I’ve found that help you get ready faster if your hair is just not happening right now.

Braid your hair

I rarely braid my hair in real life – by real life I mean my every day. I usually spend more time on it while on vacation probably because I want to have different hair in my vacation photos! I also tend to have longer active days while on vacation so a braid keeps my hair in place and out of my way!

Stunning_Braids-(2)-1Stunning Braids: Step-by-StepGuide to Gorgeous Statement Hairstyles, $14 on Amazon (c/o)

The bookmark in the copy of my book is currently a teasing comb – go figure.

I asked Monae what three hair items she would suggest when created braided hair. “When creating braided styles I like to keep serum, texture powder, hair spray, small rubber bands nearby. Serum is awesome for reducing unwanted frizz while braiding. Texture powder helps create wanted fly aways for fashionable braided styles. Hair spray helps keep the style in place. Rubber bands help to secure the braids.”

Here are the braid styles the book teaches:

Credit: Stunning Braids, Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Monae Everett

Spray on elixir mist

I wash my hands probably a half dozen times when I get ready in the morning – from the different liquids and creams I put on my face to hair stuff!

This helps – it’s a spray on elixir mist by RUSK. I use it before I use my $20 flat iron to curl my hair.


Elixir Mist Thermal Shine Mist, $24 (Ulta, Amazon) (c/o)

It’s a hands-free weightless serum – spray it on and done!

  • Eco-friendly, propellant-free aerosol technology
  • Provides 450F heat protection for thermal styling (I needed this badly)
  • Gives shine and condition to hair
  • Detangles hair

Hope that helps you to get ready faster!


Thanks to Ulysses Press, they want to send a reader a copy of Stunning Braids!

Just leave a comment below and that’s your entry! Winner will be selected at random – aka old school raffle tickets.

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