There are two words that strike fear in the hearts of many women: Mom Hair.

By Paige Lewis

It’s unknown exactly what happens to a woman when she becomes a mother that makes her believe she must immediately lose all sense of style, youth, and ability to wield a flat iron. Obviously, when you become a mom you’re going to have a lot less time to spend on your appearance. Heck, most mornings you’re probably lucky if you make it out of the house without any cheerios stuck to your body. But with a little knowledge and some minimal effort, you can make sure you don’t fall into the “Mom Hair” category.

First, it’s important to identify what Mom Hair actually is. It can be sorted into two main categories. The first is what I jokingly refer to as the “Mom Bob.”

This is the most common type of Mom Hair, weighing in at about chin length, often flat on top with all the volume concentrated on the bottom. If you are currently gasping Home Alone-style in your mirror, have no fear. There are a few simple solutions to remedy your Mom Bob:

  1. Layers. If you have medium to fine hair, layers will give you more volume on top, and more texture throughout. You don’t need to overdo it, just layering the last two inches of your hair can make a dramatic difference.
  2. Length. A bob can actually be very flattering when done right. Keep your length between your chin and shoulders, opting for ends that are just grazing your collarbone. This length is flattering on every face shape. Chin length hair is a look that doesn’t flatter most people, and can make your face appear rounder.
  3. Flat iron. The flat iron is your best friend with shorter hair. To save time, skip the blow dryer completely. Shampoo at night, apply your product, and allow your hair to air dry. In the morning, spending 2-5 minutes with your flat iron can make a world of difference. Smooth the top most layers and ends, and don’t worry so much about what’s in the middle. The iron will smooth out frizz and make your hair shiny, and it will look like you spent a lot more time than you actually did.

The second type of Mom Hair is hair that is long and boring. I applaud women who don’t fall into the trap of mistakenly cutting their hair short thinking it will be less effort. However, many moms just let their long hair go with practically no maintenance at all. Their hair becomes shapeless, stringy on the bottom, and pulls their entire appearance down. Here are some simple tips for avoiding this dragged-down look.

  1. Frame that face! By adding angled layers around the face, it adds softness to your overall appearance and helps you to create a styled look in a very short amount of time. One minute bending the ends of the angle (whether you go toward your face or away from it is personal preference) with a round brush or flat iron is all it takes to give some interest to the hair.

    This main line mom keeps her longer hair stylish with her face framing layers and side part.

  2. Side part. A middle part can draw attention to any imperfections or asymmetry in your face. By parting the hair deeply on the side, it not only creates some youthfulness to the look, but it adds volume in the hair as well. The easiest way to create your side part is to aim for the center of one eye.
  3. Side-swept bangs. This is another look that flatters every face shape. Again using the center of your eye as an ideal place to part, sweep the bangs across the forehead. The length of the hair should be no longer than the tip of your nose when combed straight down, but could be shorter if you so desire.

It’s hard enough dealing with the fact that after you become a mom you aren’t always able to find the time to put on makeup every day, or wear the clothes you want to wear because they’re not practical, so make your hair your best fashion accessory by following these tips!

About the Author

Paige is a native Texan who has been living in Pennsylvania with her husband since 2006. She is the owner of Hairs To You in Bala Cynwyd, and does hair for many Main Line moms, dads, and kids, as well as doing hair for photo shoots and weddings outside of the salon. Visit Paige at

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