Life as a mum is busy, so regular trips to the salon or a lavish hair and beauty routine before you head out the door each morning, are just two of the many things that take a backseat when you’re trying to juggle motherhood, household and work. To make sure that you still look and feel your best, I have asked some fellow mums to share their best hair hacks for busy mums with me and here they are.
Hair hacks for busy mums:
Hide that postpartum hair loss
If you are struggling with hair loss after giving birth, try to remember that it is only a temporary situation that lasts between 3 and 12 months.
I won’t tell you not to freak out because to us women our hair is somewhat sacred and losing it can be really upsetting when hair loss in men is regarded as normal and an essential step on their way to maturity. And hey, we all think that Sean Connery is hotter now than back in his James Bond days, right?
But if you feel like your hair loss isn’t stopping and getting really extreme, make sure to have a chat with your GP. Pregnancy can really mess with your hormones, so there might be some underlying issues that you should get checked out. Meanwhile changing your parting or adding layers to your hair can really hide those bald spots and add volume and texture to your hair.
Washing your hair excessively strips it of its natural oils and makes it brittle and difficult to style. Try to go a couple of days between hair washes and use a dry shampoo to see you through.
Any mum’s best friend: Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo was one of the most popular hair hacks when I asked fellow mums and I use it myself all the time, so you know this is a good one. If you’ve run out, you can also use baby powder or talc. Sprinkle it on your hairbrush and go through your strands a couple of times or apply it before bed, so it can soak up any oil overnight and you can simply brush it out in the morning.
On a desperate day, I’ve also been known to use translucent powder and although it helped, it was a bit of a faff.
Mum bun or Messy Bun
I don’t know if there’s a difference between them but the mum bun or messy bun is probably the number one hairstyle for busy mums. Simply pop your hair in a ponytail, twist it around and secure it on top of your head and you look put together. It’s super quick to do and lasts all day. I mean, what’s not to like? In fact, it’s so popular that it’s the hairstyle that will define this decade. I’m sure of it!
Fake it til you make it
No matter if you’re trying to grow your hair out or you’re trying to disguise your postpartum hair loss, hair pieces or extensions are a great way to add volume or length to your hair and the best thing, it doesn’t have to be permanent. There are so many great clip-ins that it’s super easy to change your style every single day.
Loves clip-ins for her mum bun: Jo
Don’t get the chop
Don’t fall into the trap of cutting your hair short thinking it will be easier to manage! Alana from Baby Holiday has just gone from quite long hair to almost a bob and says it’s much more work now than it was before! Also, there’s so much more you can do with longer hair.
Plaits, braids & Co
Becky suggests to learn a couple of simple but cool braids and you will feel like you have made an effort when in reality, you’ve just spent a minute or two to do your hair. YouTube tutorials are your best friend and will show you some great step by step instructions.
Rachel saves some extra time by plaiting her hair at night. That way you can either smooth the hair down in the morning (providing you don’t toss and turn at night), redo the plaits or take them out and enjoy wavy hair without spending half an hour with your curling wand!
Hair accessories: Clips, hair ties, bandanas
Invest in some nice hair accessories that complete your look. Use colourful or sparkly clips to pin your hair to the side or back if it could do with a wash or you want it out of the way and get some hair ties in the colour of your hair. They make your braids and ponytails appear seamless and more natural.
Bandanas are a little bolder but they’re a fun and quirky way to add a little vintage feel to your hairstyle. Wear them like a headband, tie them around your bun or braid them into a plait. The possibilities are endless and Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.
Hide those greys
If like me you’re discovering your first strands of grey, don’t fear. One of my favourite hair hacks for busy mums is to hide grey roots or single greys with a bit of mascara. Eva from Captain Bobcat swears by root concealers. They’re available from lots of different brands and you simply apply them to damp hair and hide your roots until you’ve got time for your next salon appointment or home dye kit. Clever, right?
Now, I hope you found some of these hair hacks from mums for mums as helpful as I did. I’m totally getting myself some root concealer now!
Let me know in the comments below what you do when you’ve got a bad hair day and don’t have time for an elaborate hairstyle. I’d love to know your hair hacks!
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