Moms make a lot of sacrifices—but luckily, your hair doesn’t have to be one of them. Integrate these easy steps into your daily routine for fab tresses in just a few minutes each day.
1. Wash your hair at night.
Yes, that may mean rethinking that “golden hour” of relaxation after you put the kids to bed, but trust us, it’s worth it. First and foremost, it means you can finally take an uninterrupted shower as long as you’d like. (For most moms, that’s a victory in itself!) Shampoo and deep condition your hair, then apply a hydrating oil when you get out of the shower. Your hair will reap all the benefits of the healing oil as you sleep, and when you wake up, your hair will be dry, without the damaging effects of the blowdryer. In the morning, curl or flat iron your hair as desired.
2. Master 3 quick and effortless hairstyles.
As tempting as it may be to simply tie your hair up into a messy bun and call it a day, you’ll feel better if you mix up your look a couple of times a week. Our advice? Learn how to do a quick topknot, an effortless braid and a low, messy chignon. Bangstyle has a bunch of tutorials on these looks! With a little practice, you’ll be able to quickly throw your hair up into one of these styles, and thanks to their “undone” appeal, you’ll instantly look pulled together.
3. Embrace your natural texture.
Busy moms, rejoice—bedhead is in, meaning now’s the time to give your hot tools a break and let your hair do its thing. For those with wavy or curly hair, allow your natural curls or waves to air dry, touch up random pieces with a 1-inch curling iron, brush your hair out and then finish with a dry texturizing spray. Mamas with straight hair can wash their hair at night, apply a little bit of sea salt spray, and sleep with a braid to achieve effortless “cool-girl” waves in the morning.
4. Play around with accessories.
Keep cute hair accessories within reach at all times. Throw a baseball cap on top of a low, messy bun and pull out some face-framing pieces. Or, put your hair in a French braid and tie a bandana around your head a la Jessie James Decker. The right accessory can instantly spice up your look and hide unsightly grease or frizz.
5.Keep hair maintenance to a minimum.
As appealing as bangs or platinum blonde hair color may be, taking a trip to the hair salon every couple of weeks just isn’t practical for busy moms. Instead, talk with your stylist about the best color and cut for your hair type. Opt for balayage, which allows for your natural color to peek through, and stick with long layers over short, choppy styles. That way, you won’t be stressing about getting to the salon and can go longer in between visits.
COVER: Matthew Tyldesley
Mamas, what are your hair tips? Let us know in the comments below!