All you moms out there know what I’m talking about – whether your kids are still toddling around or they’re already in school, sometimes the family routine makes it pretty hard for you to pay any sort of attention to your own appearance. Making sure Johnny’s shirt is clean before he goes to school and Lucy has all of her belongings for dance lessons leaves little time or you to run a comb through your hair, let alone try all those deep conditioning treatments you’re supposed to do to keep your hair healthy.
It’s no wonder the pixie or short bob has been called a “mom” haircut! If you’re like me and would like to maintain your long locks (and your sanity), try these tricks to make your hair look great even when you’re pressed for time. You don’t have to be a mom to benefit from these tricks! They’re crucial knowledge for any busy woman (so… all of us?).
No matter how busy, you’ll always spend at least a few hours with your head on the pillow. While you’re sleeping is an ideal time to style your hair – and I don’t mean sleepwalking! Create waves by braiding your hair on either side before you hit the hay, or twist sections and pin them up on your head. If you want larger curls, create good old pincurls – pinning small buns all over your head with bobby pins. In the morning, let your style out and run a frizz-reducing cream through it so you’re ready to face the day.
Refresh your look from yesterday
It may have been gross to skip the shower when you were younger, but these days, it’s fine to wash your hair only every few days, since you create less oil than you did in your teens. If you’re extra-pressed for time and your hair is only kind of slept on, you might just want to try and recreate yesterday’s look, whether that was curly or straight.
If you are suffering some serious pillow-created cowlicks in the front and don’t have time to blow dry your entire head again, wet your brush and just blow dry the front of your hair. The rest can usually be salvaged with some heat styling tools or product. Curlers can save the day and can set your hair while you’re doing your makeup, brushing your teeth and feeding the kids. A straightener can smooth out any bedhead frizz.
Put it up
Yes, the ponytail is a friend of moms everywhere. But this tried and true get-it-off-my-face style doesn’t have to be boring or frumpy. Part your hair to the side and pull your hair into a low ponytail, then wrap a strand of hair around the elastic and secure with a bobby pin.
Another easy way to dress up a ponytail is to add a twist or a braid to the front of your hair. If you’re still bored with your ponytail, take advantage of the opportunity to accessorize with headbands, clips or an elegant barrette.
Keep up with the care
It may seem counterintuitive, but keeping up with hair care such as salon visits can save time with your hair styling routine in the long run. That hour or two you spend in the salon chair can trim several minutes off each of your mornings or nights when you style, because wrestling with split ends will be frustrating. Plus, you need some time to yourself to relax!