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Getting Ready in a Pinch

Ladies 

by Amanda Bateman

If I have only a short amount of time to get ready and there’s no time for a shower, I always spray on some dry shampoo. If you’re like me and have bangs, adding dry shampoo to them in the morning makes a huge difference in how your hair looks that day. My favorite dry shampoo is by Batiste ($8), but if I can’t find that, I go for Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak ($5). I’ll spray it into my bangs and the rest of my hair, and let it sit while I do other necessary parts of my morning routine. The longer it sits in your hair, the better your hair will end up looking. Or if you’re really stuck for time, beanies are in style right now.

A great way to style your hair and not have to worry about it in the morning is to braid it the night before. In the morning, undo the braids then add a little hairspray so it holds all day, and you’re ready to go.

Set your clothes out the night before. It might seem like an obvious step, but it’s so easy to skip. Setting out your clothes the night before makes everything easier and gets you out the door that much quicker. Usually, if you set your clothes out the night before, you’ll end up better dressed. If you’re trying to dress nice in a hurry, throw on a scarf. A scarf can make any outfit look more put together.

With that, prep your backpack the night before, too. That way, you have more time to spend on getting ready for the day and don’t have to worry if you put that paper that’s due today in your backpack.

If you decide to do makeup, have it out of your cluttered makeup bag and easy to grab. Stick to the basics when possible. Red lips will distract people from any skipped part of your routine, and you can always bring it with you and apply it while the professor takes roll. If you have to skip something though, skip the makeup and give your skin a break.

As C.A. Katie Byers says, “Above all else, put a bra on and you’ll be fine.”

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Gentlemen

by Bobby Walch

Alright, let’s say you woke up late and you have only 20-30 minutes to get ready and out the door. What do you do? Here are some tips from a guy’s perspective that might be helpful.

First off, if you have a tendency to be tardy, consider picking out an outfit the night before. If you are a more spontaneous person, keep a mental log of which of your clothes look nice together. That way, when you pick out a pair of jeans, you can immediately narrow your options to what shirts to wear.

As tempting as it might be, do not leave the house in your pajama pants or sweat pants. Pulling on a pair of jeans takes just as long as a pair of sweats, and if you show up in your pajamas, people will undoubtedly be commenting on your outfit with or without your knowledge.

Flannel shirts and hoodies are your friends. Both articles of clothing can pull an outfit together and make you look more assembled than if you are just in a graphic t-shirt.

And as easy as it is to just pull on the pair of jeans you wore yesterday, clothes have expiration dates. It’s perfectly natural to recycle a pair of jeans or sweater if you wore it only once, but clothes have a limited amount of wears before they’re too dirty to wear again. So be mindful of that when choosing your outfit.

When getting ready, make sure to run a comb or brush through your hair. If you have shorter hair, this won’t be an issue for you, but those of you who have the bed-head curse know the problems of rolling out of bed with hair going every which way. This is where styling gel will help. If you don’t have gel, you can dampen your hair a bit with water, which helps you make your hair look a bit more purposeful.

Finally, keep a pack of mint-flavored gum in your bag or car. This way, if you are on the go and need to freshen your breath in a pinch, you can.

Good luck getting ready, and may the time crunch be ever in your favor!

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