Your hair really takes a beating once you become a mother. From breastfeeding to lack of sleep, time and even a poor diet … your mane is often one of the first thing to show the effects of a busy lifestyle. Put the pre-baby lustre back into your locks with these simple tips and before you know it you’ll be mama with the good hair at school pickup.
Don’t wash daily: Just having time to wash your hair feels like a luxury when you are a mother, so this is welcome beauty news. Washing daily actually strips your hair of the natural oils required to help it grow, thicken and shine. Instead hold out for every second or third day and apply a dry shampoo to soak up the excess oils and give a volume boost on those in between days.
Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and dry shampoo can all build up over time making your hair look dull and heavy so it’s also worth investing in a clarifying shampoo to deep cleanse and remove grime. While clarifying shampoos make your hair shiny and fresh, they can also strip a lot of natural oils so should only be used once a week at the most.
Scalp massage: Fuel your hair growth cycle by massaging an oil into your scalp on a weekly basis. Massaging the scalp stimulates circulation and encourages important vitamins and minerals into the hair follicles. Various studies have deemed Vitamin E and Coconut Oil the luscious hair heroes. Coconut Oil can be scooped out of a jar, however it’s best to purchase Vitamin E oil in capsule form and simply snip off a corner and squeeze onto your roots.
Reduce stress: Stress wreaks havoc on your health and wellbeing. In fact, prolonged periods of anxiety have been linked to premature hair thinning and even greying. Manage stress levels by prioritising breathing exercises, meditation and R & R throughout the day. Five to ten minutes, a few times a day is all you need to calm your over worked adrenals. Our article on self care for exhausted mothers also has some good pointers.
Go natural: You don’t need to follow Marcia Brady’s rules of brushing 100 strokes per day. Just use a natural bristled brush to draw the oils from your roots to the ends of your hair, which promotes gloss and shine.
Flip it: The quickest and easiest way to put bounce and volume back into limp hair is to flip your part for instant sass. A mane that’s been sitting in the same position for years looks flat and lifeless, so flip your part regularly to bring the sexy back. Also when you are drying your hair, use your fingers to lift it up off the scalp to create more volume.