We have all been there.
It’s 7 am, you haven’t showered in God knows how long, and your hair is a disaster. What do you do?
You throw it up in a bun with the elastic you found under your couch cushion.
After doing this for 5 months straight, I started noticing the little hairs at the back of my head and around my hairline that no longer made it to the bun. These little straggly pieces that were just a little too short. They weren’t there before, so how did they get there?
The mom bun.
Repeatedly putting your hair up in the same position causes the hair to weaken in the areas that there is consistent stress and causes breakage in those areas.
My beloved hairstyle which hid my lack of hygiene during the newborn stage was ruining my hair and so I had to make a change.
If this sounds like something that is happening to you, here are my tricks to keeping your hair up and out of your face without ruining your beautiful locks!
Bring Back The 90’s, Baby. Scrunchies Are In!
When I was talking to my hairdresser about my newly forming (unintentional) layers, the first thing she told me to do was go out to the dollar store and pick up a bunch of scrunchies. If you have to put your hair up, using these will help prevent the breakage since the material is softer and less likely to tug on your hair or get caught.
Switch Up The Placement
I will be the first to admit, there are times when all you can do is toss your hair up into a bun or ponytail. They’re quick and easy styles which I am pretty sure are everyone’s go to’s. If you are wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail, try switching up the placement of it to relieve and evenly distribute the stress of the hair elastic on your hair. What you want to avoid is continuously putting your hair up in the same position.
Use Clips, Pins, and Headbands
Instead of opting for the ponytail or bun when you need to put your hair up and out of your face, try using hair clips and bobby pins, or even a headband. These pieces put a lot less stress on your hair and still allow you to keep your hair out of your face. It will protect the integrity of the hair strands a lot more than using tight elastics all the time.
Use A Hair Strengthening Mask
It’s always a good idea to take care of your hair by using hair masks on them, but it becomes even more important after having a baby. Once you’ve had your baby, that luscious full mane of hair no longer feels as full and it can start to get dry or very oily due to the shift in hormones.
I found myself with extremely dry hair which meant there was not a lot of elasticity left in it. When my elastics would get caught or pull my hair the strands would break off. I started using hair masks to combat this and the breakage has slowed down a ton! I like using the Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator mask (the whole line is incredible and smells amazing. Totally recommend trying it out) but if you are looking for something a little more affordable the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is an amazing drugstore find.
I think the most important thing to take away from all of this is that it is easy to forget about ourselves when we are running around taking care of children all day. You’re exhausted, in a daze and probably feeling not fully like yourself. Taking a couple minutes to change up your hair style and finding a style that makes you feel like you can do wonders for your own mental health.
You are worth your time. You have worked hard to get here. Invest in yourself so you can feel your best each day, even if that means buying some new scrunchies!
You got this, Mama!
Talk soon xoxo