Mum hair. Is it really a thing? I mean hair is hair right – everyone has it(apart from Vin Diesel obvs) but why is mum hair a thing?
Let’s wind things back five years to 2013. I was a career girl; clad in a suit five days a week.
And I had super sleek, thick hair. I used to spend £100 every six weeks on highlights and a hair cut. I had bottles of lotions and potions to tame my thick locks and I had that annoyingly perfect hair(not big headed – hindsight is a wonderful thing) that looked good scraped back or however I styled it.
And then in 2014 I fell pregnant – I was tired for nine months and I couldn’t be bothered as much; my hair got really thick and it was lovely.
And then I gave birth and my hair care regime changed.
Energy became more precious than a rare diamond; I found myself making choices such as whether to brush my hair or enjoy a hot cup of tea.
And then three months post-partum my hair started falling out in clumps – my lovely, thick hair was shedding and I was distraught. My husband wasn’t helpful – years of joking that I’d buy him a hair transplant backfired on me and it was me that was, well, going bald.
Of course it was temporary; my hair did grow back but it’s never been the same. It isn’t as thick and I look like Wurzel Gummidge most of the time.
But I have found ways to make the best of my crazy mum hair…
- Plaits are your friend. I have annoying baby hair that sticks up; plus I can’t be bothered to straighten my hair or indeed brush it most days – a little fringe plait jazzes up a simple ponytail.
- Overnight curls. I generally always wash my hair in the evenings as I don’t have time in the mornings; so I either plait it wet or tie it up into a couple of buns and in the morning I have instant curly hair.
- Hats are your friend. I live in a woolly hat in the winter; it hides a multitude of sins.
- Ponytail hair extensions. You can get clip in ponytails, buns – the possibilities are endless.
- Choose your colour wisely. I find that my hair dries and looks horrendous the lighter it is; I’ve generally stayed brunette to try and keep it in a good condition.
- Regular snips. A good hair cut encourages growth and keeps your hair in good condition.
- Relax. I find myself comparing myself to the other mums that always look immaculate – it doesn’t matter what you like like, just be you and stop stressing!
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