This post is dedicated to my mom, Ann. She has taught me many things and I have taught her many things back. She used to braid my hair into 2 french braids and it was pure heaven. So thanks, mom, for everything. And happy mothers day to all the mamas out there! I hope you have planned something nice for yourself to celebrate mothers day this year.
About a year ago, I sat down to write a post about my favorite hair tricks for busy moms.
Mom hair is a subject that is very close to my heart because I am a mom who has mom hair.
I took Selah to the playground today. It was peak playground time in Seattle. First sunny week of spring, 10 AM on a Wednesday. The place was crawling with moms. I got to thinking about mom hair.
Like all the other urban modern moms, I promised myself that I would keep my look together after having kids. I abandoned that promise about 5 months into my first pregnancy, when yoga pants and hoodies won out over cute vintage maternity dresses and designer jeans. I promised myself that I wouldn’t drive a mini-van. I promised myself I wouldn’t have a pancake butt and mom hair.
As I watched the children play, ( AKA studied the mom hair in action) I realized that not only do I have a mini-van, ( Not that cute VW bus behind the mini-van) but I also have mom hair. And it is not so bad. It is just a messy ponytail/top-knot, natural textured fuss free simple easy hair.
If you were to see me in my element, you would see modern mom hair to the max. I have found an easy routine that works with my hair and my lifestyle. I have DIY layers and mom-bre ends and I ShamPHree my hair weekly. When I am shooting photos for this blog it is the only time that I don’t have mom hair. I love blogging because it is my only mom escape;)
I have a few tips for keeping your mom ‘do fresh.
Mom hair tips
1. Tired of looking and feeling tired? Try bangs! They are an instant style pick me up and they are easy to DIY!
2. Make sure your hair routine suits your lifestyle. Are you spending more time than you would like trying to get your hair to behave? Maybe it is time for a hair consciousness shift. Free the beast. Work with what you have, not against it. Maybe it is time to try ShamPHree-ing.
3. Make sure that your hair is cut in a way that will grow out well. In my opinion, cuts with rougher edges and layers and texture tend to grow out better.
4. If you color, stick with shades that flatter you. If you are stuck in a color rut and have been getting the same bleach highlights for the last 10 years, consider transitioning to a more low-maintenance color process.
5. Search high and low for a hairdresser that understands your taste and lifestyle. Ask around, search the internet, stop people on the street.
6. Have fun with your hair! This website alone has nearly a hundred easy DIY hairstyles for all hair types that can be done in 5 minutes or less with nothing but a couple of bobby pins and some small elastics. Even a small accent braid in your top-knot goes a long way. Experiment with DIY hairstyles. Try HTHG’s Tired Mama Braids!
What I saw at the playground today was a lot of moms who would rather be at the park with their kids than messing with their hair. I am grateful that mom hair has evolved from the days of that terrible mom-bob fashioned by Martha Stewart. Aren’t you?
Rock on with that mom hair.
Now I just need to work on loving my pancake ass.