You are thrown into a world of hormonal changes and post baby hair shedding. Beauty regimes slip between feeds, and changes and nursery rhymes. Personally, I have become a total ponytail wearing, bun mother.
As a working mama in survival mode I totally get it. Who has time to spend an hour getting their hair ship shape and red carpet worthy? Or brushed. I can’t even use the loo alone.
My current hairstyle currently resembles Cousin IT from the Addams Family. The blonde (slightly brassy) tresses are being grown down to my bottom for the Little Princess Trust, to make into a wig for a child that have sadly lost their own hair due to illness. I am lucky enough to have very thick hair, which make managing it long pretty tricky. My hairdresser has broken a comb in it before. Bet Rapunzel never had that problem.
My most common mum hairstyle.
This is my usual look. I pulled A Lego Wolverine out of my ponytail the other day. There is often porridge in my locks. The phrase dragged backwards through a hedge? I have been through at least 6 hedges most days, according to my hair.
Jokes aside, we can still be mums and have style when hideously sleep deprived. I find it boosts my self-esteem to feel a bit like ME, so check out these easy tricks to make the best of my mop.
Tips to care for your ‘mum hair’.
Learn to fishtail braid. Get brownie points with your kids by looking like Elsa off frozen. This is the only hairstyle I have in my arsenal. I Youtube’d how to do it and can barely tie shoelaces so anyone can learn this!
Chicken. Eat more protein. I live off a diet of snickers and leftovers. My hair probably hates me. Nuts, brown rice and oats contain Biotin which promotes healthy scalp.
Buy shampoos & conditioners that match your hair type. Invest in a good dry shampoo. Don’t make my mistake and buy a cheap one that turns your hair white. Try rotating the shampoo and conditioner periodically, your hair responds differently to different products. If you are blonde use a purple toner, your shower will look like a disco and your colour will hold for longer.
Get enough sleep. HAHA. Not going to happen.
TLC. I wash my hair at night then blow dry it damp (don’t wake up the littles). I then plait it or put it in a bun so I am not over the top heat damaging it. I use a tangle teaser brush but wait until it is dry as if you brush your hair wet you risk damaging it when fragile.
Hack. Choose a cushioned paddle brush with flexible bristles. Poke a dryer sheet through your hairbrush to tame fly away hairs. Brush from end to root, not the other way around.
Wet your hair before you take the littles swimming, your hair will soak up the water fist rather than the chlorine.
Use a warm coconut oil mask on your hair once a week. Just apply slightly warmed up oil on the roots of your hair and spread it to the lengths, keep it on (preferably wrapped) for at least 40 minutes and then wash your hair. It will add shine and elasticity. You can add a couple of drops of Rosemary oil to boost scalp circulation.
If like my other half the stress of having kids is making you lose your hair try caffeine shampoo, Vitamin B supplements or Google the Harley Street hair clinic FUE hair transplant cost.
Rub some Vaseline into your split ends for a temporary fix. Because let’s face it you haven’t been to the hairdresser in months. (That said if you can escape, get your hair trimmed often!)
Check out some different hair up ideas. It doesn’t have to be rocket science, a simple twist, a headband. You can attempt YouTube videos and check out my Pinterest boards for long hair. Be prepared to get annoyed, fail miserably and poke yourself in the eye with hairpins. Find what styles work for you.
Do you have a tried and tested haircare routine? Are you a mum bun wearer or do you have a different style which suits you?
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.