7 great hairstyles for new moms

7 great hairstyles for new moms

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As a new mom, it's hard to pull off a good hair day when applesauce is doubling as your mousse or you can't even recall the last time your hair saw a good lather. Don't run for cover. Instead, follow our experts' advice and you'll soon be turning heads.

Pony up

A classic pony is a great way to look pulled together and chic in minutes.

To achieve the perfect pony:

Robert Vetica, author of Good to Great Hair: Celebrity Hairstyling Techniques Made Simple, whose clients include celeb moms like Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, and Debra Messing, suggests moms with wavy or curly locks put a product made with argan oil (from Morocco), styling lotion, or a curl mousse in their hair before tying it back. Let the product dry by itself.

"This will maintain the integrity of the wave or curl and give it some nice texture," says Vetica.

For straight hair, apply a little argan oil and blow it dry. "The oil gives it a lot of shine," he says.

To step it up a notch, take a piece of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band and pin the ends. Or part your hair on the side and pull your hair back into a low ponytail.

Blow and go

What mom doesn't need to get a task done in half the time? Tourmaline-infused hair dryers, sometimes used in salons, claim to dry hair up to 70 percent faster. The key is getting a good one, which can cost $200 or more. While Vetica says these products do speed up the drying process without damaging hair, it comes down to whether the time saved is worth the money.

Color me refreshed

Adding a little color to your hair is a great way to go from drab to fab. "A pop of highlights around the face can brighten up your skin and make you look refreshed," says Angela Pelikan, hairstylist and owner of Hairspray Beauty Lounge in Santa Rosa, California. After a sleepless night, even the appearance of looking rested may be the lift you need.

Work with your hairstylist to find the right color for you. Starting out with just a few highlights can ease you in to see if you like the look, and it's less costly.

If you want to experiment but don't want to spend the money for a salon color, invite a friend over and do some streaks at home. Vetica says he's seen good results with over-the-counter streaking kits (such as those from L'Oréal and Clairol).

Cut corners

No time to wash your hair? Don't! Stylist Pelikan says that if you gradually increase the time in between washes, your hair will adjust and eventually appear just as clean as it did when you shampooed vigilantly.

"Over the course of about two weeks, wash every other day, then every two days, and so on," says Pelikan. "Your hair will be nasty for a bit, but if you can get your scalp to regulate the oil production, your hair won't become greasy after one day."

If you don't want to go through scalp training, try a dry shampoo like Tigi Rockoholic Dirty Secret. Spray the product on to absorb oil and odor, let it rest a minute, then work it or comb it through your hair. You can also use baby powder at the roots and comb it through. Voilà! It'll keep the greasies away all day. Just don't put too much on or you'll look like you're wearing a powdered wig!

Take time out to trim

Booking a sitter and going to the salon may sound like a major time (and money) suck. But consider it an investment. Hairstylist Vetica says bad hair days can be avoided altogether if you start with healthy hair.

"The biggest hair mistake people make is to disregard the health of their hair," says Vetica. Even if you're not looking for a new style, you should go in for a trim every few months.

"It snaps your hair back to life," he says. The ends of your hair get the most damaged because they are the oldest and most vulnerable. Simply tossing around in bed causes enough friction to split the ends, leading to unhealthy hair – and that classic bed-head frizz that we fight to tame in the morning.

Bang it up

If you crave change but don't want anything drastic, try bangs. Sassy and youthful, bangs can change the entire shape of your haircut and how it relates to your face. They're also a clever concealer for those wispy new hairs that show up along your hairline at your forehead a few months after giving birth.

Just remember, bangs do take maintenance. They need to be cleaned up every three or four weeks, otherwise you'll constantly be puffing hair out of your face while loading the dishwasher. If you're comfortable cutting your own, then go ahead and try some on for a fresh new look. If not, consider whether you have the time and money (and babysitter!) to get yourself into the salon.

Cap it off

On days when a five-minute fix is five too many, skip the brush and grab a hat. For chilly days pull on a wool beanie or hip knit headband. In balmy weather, get in touch with your inner Jackie O and wrap a bandana-style silk scarf around your head or throw on a chic linen fedora.

Watch the video: Damage-proof hairstyles for growing long healthy hair! (August 2022).

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