With the season 2 premiere of Vh1’s hit drama Single Ladies just around the corner, we caught up with the cast to find out what they’ve learned about being single and fabulous while getting into character.

This season, LisaRaye McCoy returns as Keisha, a woman forced to decide between an old flame and a new one. Charity Shea is back as April, a newly divorced woman looking to get back into the game, and newcomer Denise Vasi will play Raquel, a longtime friend of Keisha’s who is looking to break free from the chains in her life and start anew.

Check out the ladies’ list of dos and don’ts for single ladies this summer.