Having great hair and being a parent aren’t mutually exclusive. If you’re a parent, you know there’s that brief period of time shortly following the birth of your child (you know, like the first three years or so) when you let some things slip through the cracks. For me, those things are keeping a tidy home, peeing by myself, eating while sitting down, applying makeup and doing my hair (so you know I’m looking FAN-tastic). But as my littlest baby grew a little more independent and slightly less latched to me 24/7, I slowly began to regain the semblance of my former self. And as I started adding little things back into my routine, I began to feel slightly more human with each addition of my former routines. Recently I’ve taken back the lavish routine of styling my hair (for about 10 minutes) on an almost daily basis.
I still don’t have time for hours of primping, and sometimes I have to comb someone else’s boogers or mystery food out of my hair, but self-care makes me feel better about myself. And when I feel better about myself I am more productive and less cranky, two things my family is very thankful for. Recently I’ve been going through a bit of a mid-life identity crisis and decided to do weird things with my hair again. I’ve always liked adding crazy colors to my hair, but now, thanks to Pinterest, it’s socially acceptable for people in my age bracket. Recently my hair has been all hues mermaid. Currently it’s teal and purple. I absolutely LOVE it and I get compliments on it all the time, so I assume my friends either love it or I hang around a large group of polite liars.
Crazy colored hair does have a few drawbacks. First, you MUST have it nicely styled at all times. If you’re even the tiniest bit disheveled you will look like a Batman villain. Second, the color runs for the first few weeks, leaving my shower pan, pillow, sink and anything my hair comes into contact with like a smurf murder scene. Third, the color can fade FAST if you’re not careful, and it’s not cheap to apply, so you better make sure you’re taking proper care of your hair. Here are some tips I’ve discovered to keeping my hair color vibrant for about 8 weeks and tips for styling your own hair when you’re NOT a stylist!
Tips for Great Hair from a Non-Stylist
- Get your hair done PROFESSIONALLY. You get what you pay for and if you use a tub of Manic Panic from Hot Topic, you’re going to be constantly touching up. Most crazy colors require you to bleach your hair, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you could totally fry your hair.
- Choose colors that last the longest. Several hairdressers have told me that purples stay the best, while pinks, reds and pastels fade the fastest.
- Shampoo in cold water. I didn’t take this one seriously for many years, and I would nearly always forget by the time I was rinsing my hair to turn the cold water on, but this really makes a huge difference. Invest in a handheld shower for this or wash your hair in the sink, unless you’re into the whole polar plunge thing.
- Invest in good quality products. Not all “color-safe” products are created equally. If you buy it at Target (sorry, Target, I still love you Boo), it’s likely not doing any favors for your hair color. Recently I have invested in Monat hair care. It is honestly the best. My hair color is usually GONE in 3 to 4 weeks and it was still hanging in there around week 8 when I changed up my color scheme. Bonus, the products are plant-based, sulfate-free, cruelty-free. My hair feels super healthy even though it should probably resemble a bale of hay with the amount of processing I’ve done to it.
- Spend some time on social media. I thought there weren’t a lot of style options for my hair because it’s cut in a short bob. WRONG! Look on Pinterest or YouTube and you’ll find tons of articles with step-by-step pictures or video tutorials for amazingly great hairstyles! I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to this. When I was 8, I got a book from the library and taught myself how to french braid using a cabbage patch doll as my model. If I can do it, you definitely can do it!
When I wake up in the morning, if by some miracle my children have let me sleep, my hair looks like Sonic the Hedgehog. On off-shampoo days, I can wet my hair, throw in some leave-in conditioner and some of their miraculous Rejuvenique oil and a quick blow dry later I am human again. If you’re interested in trying these out, find your personalized solution here. Hit me up in the comments or through social media if you have questions.