Hot Mommas

Friday, May 7, 2010
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In honor of Mother’s Day, my next few posts will be about and/or for mothers.  I’ll begin by addressing the question I most often get from mothers:  “How can I style my hair with minimal effort?”

First, get a low-maintenance cut.  The options will vary for your hair type and texture but in general, long layers and very short cuts are good options.  For the love of god, do not get a bob unless your hair is stick straight and you have no major cowlicks or strong growth patterns.  (The other exception is if you have curly hair and want to wear a curly bob.)

Here are some things to consider when you talk to your stylist:

  • Obviously, for minimal styling, work with your natural texture.
  • Keep in mind that if you ask for a cut you can wear curly or straight, you are asking for two different things.  Yes, you will get a cut that will look good either way, but your stylist can’t pull out all the stops to make your hair look fabulous wavy if you are going to wear it straight some days.  There are actually cutting techniques that can encourage curl but I wouldn’t use them on a client who is going to wear her hair straight once in a while.
  • I know this is tough because a good blow dry is a treat but ask your stylist to style your hair they way you will most likely wear it.  If you want your hair to look great without blow drying, your stylist should see it that way. That way, if adjustments need to be made, he or she can make them.
  • I would stay away from razor cutting if your hair is fine, curly, wavy, or if frizz is a problem for you.  The softness of a razor cut can often turn to frizz when it’s air dried.
  • Products are your friends.  Experiment and find ones that help you accomplish the look you are after in less time.  Your stylist can help you choose.

As a mother, I know how hard it can be to find time to do your hair.  Here is my favorite, super quick and easy way to style long hair.  If you’re hair has any wave to it, it should work.  This works best on humid days.

Let your hair air dry until it is almost dry.  I’d say 80% dry.  Then scrunch in some product.  If your hair is pretty wavy already, try a texturizing spray.  If it needs more help, try a texturizing wax or paste.  Something with a little stickiness will work best.  Scrunch and twist it until you like the way it’s looking.  Then leave it alone and don’t touch it again.

*Please note that if you are going to wear your hair wavy/curly, you have to live by the rules of curly hair, which means that there will be good days and bad days.  If you do the above and your hair just isn’t working, take a curling iron and loosely curl a few random sections, leaving out the ends.  It will take an additional 5 minutes but will add some polish and finish.

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3 Responses

  1. Ur the best! Not a mom but a lazy married lady 😉 and I love the scrunching idea! Do it on humid days and put some sweet tiny braids in it – bobby pins – – looks disheveled and perfect. Try it! It doesn’t have to be perfect – that’s the beauty!

  2. thank you for these tips! i need them so badly!

    jaime Curtis
  3. I’m glad you mentioned the razor cutting tip because I was thinking it would be best if I asked for them to use a razor when I went in next – but I have frizzy, thin hair. Thanks so much! Hopefully they can help me find a way to style my long, frizzy hair (when drying naturally, it frizzes) into something manageable!

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