The clock is ticking. Your significant other is impatiently staring at his watch. You look at your hair and it is a sight. You say, “I’ll be done in 20 minutes! I promise!” But how do you keep your promise? Your stare at your hair. [Insert your conundrum here.] Instead of fighting with your hair for the next hour, try one of these 20 minute fixes to get you out the door and your honey happy. Natural hair: done in 20 minutes.
Try a Hat or Headwrap
The easiest fix is to cover up the mess. If it is summer, try a stylish fedora. You can pull your hair into a low bun, braid it, or cover it completely with the fedora. In the winter, try a beanie. You can simply put on a satin bonnet and then add the beanie. To jazz up the look, try a flat twist or a pompadour in the front. Headwraps are another great option. There are endless ways to tie your headwrap to complement your look. You can try a simple black headwrap or a funky pattern to add some dimension to your look. Whether you use a hat or headwrap, complete your look with jewelry and makeup.
Do an Updo
No matter how bad your twistout looks, it will always look good pinned into a chic updo. You can try rolling and tucking. You can pull your hair into puff and then pin. Freestyle and adjust until you like what you see. With only 20 minutes, if you were able to achieve an particular updo quickly in the past, this would be the time to try it again. Pull out your arsenal of bobby pins and pin away.
Just Add Water
Water is a natural’s best friend. You can mist your hair to make it more pliable and get your hair to curl some more. (This is a great fix for failed twistouts.) Sometimes, simply adding water will refresh the hair, plump your curls and give it new life. If all else fails, you can try a wash and go. A TRUE wash and go. Dunk your head in water, add some conditioner, add some gel (if needed) and go. This is not the time for a Wash, Define, and Go. Raking through your curls with gel for the next hour will not work. So if true wash and gos have worked for you in the past, then pull it out for this emergency situation. DISCLAIMER: If you have never had a successful wash and go, then this would not be a good time to experiment.
So after trying one of these remedies, you should cut down your prep time significantly. When your hubby walks back in the room and asks in an exasperated tone, “Are you ready yet?” You can leisurely grab your purse and answer, “I’ve BEEN ready.”