Being a mompreneur involves ninja-like skills. There are constantly a plethora of ‘balls to keep in the air’ in the home, office, and beyond. ‘Balance’ is a myth, showers are a treat, pampering is seldom… and our hair is often the first thing to suffer! Don’t worry mama – you’re not alone.
As you go from the business meeting to the soccer field, your hair transitions with your day, usually ending up pulled up off the face (all hail the top knot trend!) The people who decided that messy, beachy hair was chic were probably not mompreneurs, but we thank them none the less for the break!
These may not be ‘baby-hair-pull-proof’ – but I have compiled a list of my top ‘Hair-DO’s’, for any woman who struggles with keeping their hair presentable. These are some tips and hacks that work for me… most of the time!
DO – Use the Toothbrush Hair Hack
Whether you’re a new mom fighting baby hair coming in, or a fellow blondie with breakage… I feel your pain! The struggle is real – and that is why I resorted to this toothbrush hair hack. It really works! If you struggle with baby hairs sticking up on end, simply spray hairspray directly onto the bristles of an old toothbrush and use it to comb down the fly-aways. The tiny bristles are the perfect size to wrangle the baby hair down. They coat each strand with the hairspray… it’s the perfect storm! Of course, I have an old toothbrush designated for hair use only.
DO – Establish a Loose Hair Routine
With bleach blond hair (my stylist does on-scalp bleach), it’s no secret that my hair is damaged. For me, maintaining a bright, blonde colour that I feel my best with wins over Pantene-model silky hair. We all have our priorities! I actually like the texture that the bleach gives my hair – it helps it hold style, body and stay clean longer. Because of this, I need not wash my hair everyday. I generally aim for a 3 day hair transition routine, which works quite often.
Day 1 – Freshly washed, I apply heat protectant and blow dry /or/ allow to air dry.
Day 2 – Curl hair with a curling iron or flat iron for a second day of presentable hair.
Day 3 – Updo Day! Yesterday’s curls help Day 3’s undo cooperate and stay in place.
This routine is certainly not revolutionary, but it helps me get the most wear out of my hair between washing. I always know what to expect.
I wear a super sexy shower cap in the shower on days that I’m not washing my hair 😉 Letting my hair get damp or flattened by the steam of the shower will throw my entire routine off!
DO – Collect Pretty Embellishments
Barrettes and bows are not only for the kidlets, this mama loves to collect pretty hair adornments to give old styles new life. Day 3 hair need not take a backseat or leave you feeling bashful! This jewelled hair elastic which I picked up from Joe Fresh (Superstore) gives my sleek, day 3 ponytail an elegant edge.
The blush pink headband was a real ‘find’, from Below The Belt.
Wearing a hairband in this traditional style is polished and fun. It also is a beautiful way to dress up an otherwise quickly-executed (or even messy) up-do.
Wearing a headband around your forehead and keeping it exposed at the back creates a look that is either ‘bo-ho’ or ‘Gatsby-Inspired’, depending on the style of the band and your outfit.
Hair adornments are great ways to show effort with very little time spent on the actual style. They also are easy to pop on and off – to dress your look up or down – depending on the day’s activities. It’s almost impossible to not receive compliments when wearing something so beautiful in your hair – even if you spend mere minutes on the style.
Every woman should have an arsenol of hair tools at her disposal.
I could not live without my ‘Wet Brush’ and ‘Shine Brush’. They brush hair like none other, and do not pull on knots. (A must for the kids, too!)
Metal alligator styling clips are a must-have when curling hair. After curling your hair around the barrel of the curling iron, keep the curl as a loop and use one of these clips to hold each curl. If the curl is allowed to cool in the same position, it will hold MUCH longer. By the end of the process, you look like a retro queen with pinned up curls. (Insert Selfie Time!) Make sure to allow at least 5 minutes for hair to cool, spray with hairspray and let your bouncy curls free!
A bun form is a great tool to perfect the bun – which is a great day 3 option.
A Black Ribbon tied in a simple bow around a ponytail or bun tells the world “I am put together”. (Even if that’s a damn lie!) 😉
Bobby Pins fix all kinds of problems. Spray your bobby pin with hairspray or dry shampoo to really help those suckers hold!
Black Elastics and Small Clear Elastics are two must-haves. I purchase these from the dollar store, as they can be quite pricey elsewhere (and they have a tendency to go missing).
Hair Repair treatments are essential and a real treat, reserved for once a week or bi-weekly.
Tease Combs are the bomb. Enough said.
Co-Lab Dry Shampoo is my current go-to. Spraying dry shampoo into the root of the under-layers of your hair adds body and grit. It also helps hold styles in place. I generally reserve using dry shampoo until day three – or only if I intend to wash my hair the following day. It does have a bit of a sticky, chalky feel.
TreSemmé is by far and away my all-time favourite hairspray. I always choose the green version. It is affordable, sprays a fine mist, not sticky, and does the job! I love to buy the large format size, but also appreciate that it comes in travel size, so that I have my tried-and-true with me for travel. TIP: For big hair, I like to tilt (cock) my head to the side so that my hair ends are allowed to separate. I spray the mist upward into the ends of my hair. The hair spray creates space between your locks and separates curls.
Wishing you all a great hairday,
I Like Her Style Vancouver Co-Founder
and Chief Creative Director