Mom Hair, Don’t Care

Some advice I received when I was pregnant :: do not make drastic beauty decisions while pregnant or postpartum.

I did good with my hair cutting urge while I was pregnant.  With a swollen face and huge everything else, my long hair was all I had!  However, my post-pregnancy hormones got the best of me about 2 months in, and I “lobbed” it…chopped my hair into a long bob.  Just months later, I cut even more into a chin-length bob.

Despite all of the nay-sayers, it was the best decision ever {besides deciding to give Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets a try}.

Let’s face it, I’m not Giselle with a team of stylists to get me ready each morning while I sit in my bathroom and breastfeed.  Measures needed to be taken to speed up my getting ready process.  I can’t throw my hair in a bun or braid everyday since I report to an office, and I’m not one of those naturally beautiful, glowing faces who can run out the door with just gloss and mascara — so a haircut it was.

I’ve always been one to love a short, classic bob, so it wasn’t too scary. {Although the extra weight that has taken residence on my face had me scared of a “posh bob” as I call it.}

Luckily, I found an amazing stylist who actually listened to all of my concerns {fat face, ease, and grow-out} and found the perfect cut and color for me.  I’m now proud of my shorter mom hair!  {Message me if you want her info – she’s located in Sugar Land.}

I also am loving that ombre color is on-trend because you can go months without needing a touch-up…perfect for busy moms!  And yes, I just pluck my grays in the interim – can I get an Amen?

I’m NO hair stylist, but wanted to share a few of my favorite hair techniques and products with you that have made my life so much easier.

Dry Shampoo

What makes getting ready take so long for me?  Washing and blow-drying my hair.  And I don’t know about you, but during the summer months in Houston, I despise using my blow-dryer.  On the mornings I can skip this song and dance, I save at least 30 minutes.  I don’t wash my hair but every few days.  Yes, I still shower everyday {mostly}, but I just use a shower cap on my skip days.  Dirty hair will style easier, won’t get as damaged, holds curls better, and saves you precious time which I choose to use for sleep!  So come on and join my #dirtyhairdontcare movement!

I’ve learned that you must get your hair accustomed to this.  I used to have the greasiest hair that needed to be washed at least once a day.  I’ve trained it well and no longer have that problem.  For in between days, I use a little dry shampoo just at the roots to control grease or shine.  I’ve also been known to use dry shampoo on clean hair to give it some grit when styling.  My favorite dry shampoo – and I’ve tried them all – also happens to be the cheapest {bonus!} :: Suave Keratin Infusion – pictured below along with my favorite hair spray of all time {unfortunately, not the cheapest}.  It’s not the easiest to find, my second husband, Target usually comes through for me or you can order from Amazon.

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The Wet Twist

My hair stylist taught me this technique.  Doesn’t every girl want to be able to run out the door a few minutes after washing your hair without having to blow-dry it?  Some girls have that perfectly straight hair that drys beautifully.  Mine is thick and coarse and a bit wavy.  I would look like a wild banshee if I just brushed and left it.  I used to try the “scrunch” technique, but was never happy with the results typically looking wet or crunchy.  I can now achieve a nice, public-worthy style in under 5 minutes.  It’s not what I choose to do on days when I want to look extra good or have an important meeting, but it is great for those days when you just need to look good enough.

All I do is towel dry my hair upside down while scrunching it to get it as wavy as possible.  I then “scrunch” some Kerastase Oil in it because my ends tend to get really dry.  I go about my business usually doing my makeup and let my hair air-dry for a bit.  When it’s time to go, I spray a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray all over my head.  Then, I just twist it in small sections and leave it.  It looks bad at this point, but it needs to dry in these twists.  You can use a diffuser to speed this process up, but I’m lazy and never do.  Once it’s mostly dry you can finger style if needed and break up some of the sections.  Voila!

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Effortless Curls

This is the style I get asked about the most – when my hair is curled and wavy.  This is my favorite because once it’s done it will look perfect for at least a full day – sometimes longer.  It takes me about 10-15 minutes to achieve from start to finish and holds for 1-2 days.  Granted this may be hard to “show” you how to do without a great YouTube tutorial, but beauty vlogger I am not.

Step 1 – Start with dirty-ish hair.  Add some hairspray if you are worried about your hair not holding curl.  If your hair is very clean, add some product to it like a dry shampoo for some grit so the curls will hold.

Step 2 – Heat up the ‘ole curling iron.  I know lots of people love their wands – which will work great too – but I’m old fashioned and don’t own a wand. Plus, I’m pretty sure I would burn the heck out of my hand.  I use a Hot Tools 1.5 inch barrel.

Step 3 – I section my hair into three sections using cheap clips :: bottom section, middle section, and top/front of face.

Step 4 – Start curling your hair in spirals {I curl in the direction away from my face} from the bottom section up.  I like to grab different sizes of hair to give it variation.  I usually hold it on for 3 long seconds, then release and leave it alone.  I do not shake my curls or even touch them for as long as I possibly can so my hair can completely cool.  This helps tremendously with the curls staying all day.  This usually means I walk out the door with spiral curls in tact looking like Shirley Temple.  Once I’m at my first destination of the day, I give my hair a little tousle and shake!

Step 5 – Once my entire head is curled, I give it a good spray and done.  As I said above, I finger style once it’s had time to cool.

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Heatless Curls

I have not tried this technique for heatless curls on my short hair yet, however it works great on long hair!  You can read more about how to achieve this one here.  It’s so easy!

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So now please share your easy hair tips in the comments below!  What is your favorite hair product that you just can’t live without?

6 Responses to Mom Hair, Don’t Care

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    Julie S. January 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Great tips for quick styling with curls! I almost never blow dry my hair, I just stick a bunch of product in it, tie it back, and let it dry into whatever curly or frizzy mess it feels like doing. Typically having it tied back helps avoid the frizzy.

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      Chelsea P January 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! I have totally done that before when I had longer hair and it worked great! That was my go-to strategy when I was pregnant. I knew just how to tie it up to get the perfect wave.

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    Kristin W April 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    I have some old Wrap Snap ‘n Go heatless curlers that I put in my hair before I commute to work! I just remove them in my car and spritz some hair spray on when I get to my office! Works great for long hair and has been keeping my hair healthier without heat too! Otherwise, I curl with my straightener. It gives my hair great body and is MUCH quicker than using a curling iron! Takes me forever to do that! My hair will keep straightener curls for two days easy.
    Cheers,
    KW

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    Alyssa April 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I definitely made a bad “mom hair” decision when my 2nd daughter was born. I was tired of always having it in a ponytail or raggedy bun since I never had time to style it, so I decided to go shorter in the hopes that it would be quicker and easier to style. Instead, I STILL never styled it, and on top of that it would barely fit into a ponytail or raggedy bun anymore. Let’s just say, my style was “frizzy mop” for a year or so until it grew out. 🙁 Lesson learned!

    Your hair looks super cute. And thanks for the tip on the Chick-fila nuggets…I’ve been wanting to try the grilled, but I wasn’t sure if they’d be good. Definitely trying them next time I go! 🙂

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    Jaclyn April 8, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Ohhh I love the way your curl your hair with no heat! Fabulous! I haven’t gotten mom hair, yet, but I do rock the mom bun often!

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    Megan September 5, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    Hair brush straightener! Air dry hair, then run the straightener through. Less than 5 minutes and portable. Plus, my thing hair has more volume than a flat iron.

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