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When I had my first baby almost a decade ago (which is weird because I would swear I was in college a decade ago but I’ve never been good with estimating time), I had a lot of questions. I only knew a few friends who had babies so I would call them up and ask them things like, “When your baby gets too big for the changing table, do they sell bigger changing tables?”

I mean, what kind of question is that? By the way, in case there is one other new mom wondering this and I’m guessing there can’t be anymore, the answer is no. They don’t sell bigger changing tables. Just make it work.

Another question I had as a new parent was – “What do I do with my hair?”

One of the most shocking things about becoming a mom is that all that free time you used to have to relax, watch old episodes of Saved by the Bell and organize your sock drawer into shades of the rainbow is gone. Just gone. If you have time to take a 3 minute shower and put on a shirt that’s not on backwards, then you are in good shape.

But styling hair can be an issue. You know, if you don’t want it to look like this…


(I’m not sure exactly what’s going on there.)

I have very thick, somewhat coarse hair that expands rapidly when exposed to humidity. I used to spend about a half hour on my hair. First the washing, then the blowdrying, then the flattening. So when I had a baby, all my “hair prep” time was gobbled up by “figure out what this baby wants.”

So I called my girlfriend Kerry and asked – “What do I do with my hair?”

And she said, “Just slick it back.”

And that’s exactly what I did…

hair - slicked back

This hair style takes about one minute and it has the added bonus that someone might mistake you for a ballerina. (Full disclaimer: no one has ever asked me if I’m a ballerina.)

Now because I have very dry hair, I can go a few days between washings, which leads me to post baby hairstyle #2…

hair - little braid and bun

See that little braid? It’s nod to Princess Leia without going over the top. And it’s very quick and easy.

Then you put on sunglasses, lipgloss and you are ready to go!

Of course, you aren’t going anywhere just yet because you still have to pack the diaper bag and your baby just pooped again and is he hungry? You can’t really tell. And oh my gosh, you would love to just shut your eyes for one minute. But he’s crying again. And maybe you’ll change him, then try feeding him and then you’re totally getting out for some fresh air. If you can remember how to open that stroller. Which you probably can’t.

See? The hair was the easy part.


9 Responses to how to style your hair after you have a baby

  • Angie says:

    I did hairstyle number 2 yesterday! The braid is definitely the trendy way to go for this summer 🙂

  • Princess Judy says:

    I think Chicago here is implying you may have mold growing in your hair if you leave it up like that… I mean you do live in humid Florida after all.

  • I totally concur with the big-hair-cum-slick-it-back method. I live it. And have been living it for the past 10 years. It’s become so much a part of my look that as I leafed through one of my daughters’ art portfolios from school I wondered aloud, “what’s that brown, lump on the side of the head of that person labeled ‘MOM’?” Huh. That was me, all lopsided in 2-D with my omnipresent bun jutting out of my head like a tumor, or a kidney, or a dog do…it’s taken many shapes. In all, on the days I indulge in a haircut (and by “cut” I mean, of course, color and blowout), my mom friends at the elementary school barely recognize me and shout out big praise for my tamed mane. Go figure.

  • Honest Mum says:

    Love that little plait. I used to wear my long hair down all the time, now I can’t cope if it’s not off my face-of course this doesn’t include blow dried shots for the blog, the rest of the time it’s up and away!

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