Where is the time, where is the time? We love our kids more than anything in the world, but is it not baffling how little time we have for ourselves? I know when I became a mom for the first time last year I was struck with that reality and, although in total newborn bliss, struggled for several months with really bad hair because I wasn’t used to having less than 5 minutes to do anything with it.
That brings me to today’s hair tutorial. I know I’m not alone in this I-have-zero-time phenomenon and that it’s pretty true for moms everywhere. So I wanted to share with you one of my laziest, easiest hair solutions that majorly helped me out in the early days with a fresh baby at home. That being said, it doesn’t just need to be used in such a circumstance. Use it as you wish!
Before going into details, I should mention the sad reality that straight hair does not work so well for me. My hair—at least at the extra long length that it is—is best suited for soft, tousled waves and I’ve perfectly okay with that for years since it’s pretty low maintenance. Except of course when my hair got straighter after childbirth and I realized there is no time to curl my hair on the daily while caring for a newborn. (Did that happen to any other mamas out there?!)
Enter my aforementioned lazy girl hair solution for waves and volume (a.k.a., a hairstyle for moms who have no time but don’t want to look like a total mess).
At night before bed, I simply put my hair in a single French braid, starting at the top of my head. (If I shower, I give my hair a quick blow dry first so it’s not wet.) In the morning, I unravel it, brush it lightly with a paddle brush to settle the waves, and work out a side part that looks good. From there, here are a few tips…
Style It // This gives the perfect thick, voluminous, wavy hair base for any style. Lately I’m all about the loose low pony, but I also love wearing my hair down or with a tiny clip or barrette holding it half up. You could also try a rope braid (like in the photo of me with my little one!), which is fast and easy and works well with that added volume and texture you get from the overnight braids. The sky’s the limit!
Give It Texture // Though I often keep it product free since my hair keeps the wave well on its own, a surf or salt spray is perfect for defining the waves and adding volume—especially if you’re wearing it in a ponytail. My favorite drugstore buy is Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Texture Spray, which is less than $5.
Make It Last // Dry shampoo not only will cut the grease so you can skip a shower some nights, it also adds even more volume and texture. One of my all-time favorite kinds also happens to be super inexpensive—Suave Keratin Infusion.
What time saving hair strategies do you live by?
Top photo credit | Chrissy Powers