I have mom hair. What is that? Please, like you don’t know. It’s messy, tied back, barely done, perma-ponytail. It’s mom hair. Every morning I wake up with the best of intentions. I really believe I’m going to get it together. I shower. I put on makeup. I start drying my hair. This is where it ends. It’s an exact science; half-way through I’m interrupted by a knock at the door, a phone call, a demand from a four year old, a ticking clock. My hair never, ever seems to get done. So what do I do? I toss it up in a clip or tie it back with a rubber band!
I do have a cute haircut, but Charlotte, you never get to see it! I own a flatiron, but it is covered in dust. I’m tired of running around town with a frizzy pony tail. Why can’t I be like some women who seem to always have their hair done to perfection? Just today, I ran into a friend sporting the most precious set of braids sitting atop of her curly half-up hair. Apparently, she is immune to humidity. What gives and what is my hair saying about me?
Sadly, I’m afraid that my “mom hair” is giving a signal to the world that I’m exhausted. I suppose this isn’t too far from the truth. Yes, I COULD get up a little earlier to fight my hair time constraints, but I don’t. Why? I’m pregnant with twins and have the responsibility of caring for a four year. Sleep is the natural choice . . . well, at least for me!
Recently my sister (the professional hairdresser) came to visit. She gave me some tips and I’m thrilled to say, they are working!!!!! First, she suggested I ditch the current hair products I was using and invest in some professional quality care. My first reaction was the cost! I wasn’t about to start dropping serious dough on shampoo! She assured me using better products would equal less hair washing. Intrigued, I purchased some professional hair products. Oh Smarties, after the first use I could tell the difference. My hair was less frizzy AND I was able to go two days between washings! Talk about a timesaver. She also suggested that if I want to go with a ponytail, make it a more fashionable one. She showed me how to tease the top layer of my hair and then grab the entire mane into one low tie. The teased top didn’t end-up looking heavy but instead gave me some body and made my typical tail look fresh and new. It didn’t stop there, she shared a trade secret! Faux it! Yes, faux it. If you can’t get your entire hair done, just do the top part. Seeing bangs and the front (or sides) of your hair done, gives the impression of a completed look. Here I was starting from the bottom and being forced to stop at the top due to time. Now in a pinch, I leave the bottom portion to dry naturally but blowout the top. I swear, I feel fresher!
So, my “mom hair” isn’t 100% solved but I’ve learned a few tricks and they seem to be working. Now, if only I could teach a four year old to think it’s neat to watch her mom use a flatiron, I’d be in hair heaven!