Many moms lead lives that have busy and hectic schedules. Between taking care of the kids, household chores, work and running errands, they often forget to take care of themselves. One area that is often neglected is hair care. This blog post will provide simple beauty tips for caring for your hair as a busy mom.
When using traditional shampoos, shampoo less often. This will help your hair retain its natural oils and not become dry and brittle. Use a deep conditioner to hydrate the scalp from within! A good deep conditioner can make up for all of the shampooing you do by infusing it with moisture and nutrients.
Choose a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for dry or damaged hair to keep your strands in the best possible shape! Remember that the scalp produces natural oils that are needed for healthy hair, but it’s important to seal in moisture with an occasional deep conditioning treatment.
Protect Your Tresses
Consider wearing headscarves or hats when possible. This will help protect your strands from excessive sun, wind, and other environmental hazards. Avoid using excessive heat on your hair by taking advantage of cooler temperatures like air conditioning, keeping windows closed when it’s hot outside. Use a heat-protecting serum when using heated styling tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, or straighteners to help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny! Wear protective styles such as buns and braids to shield your hair from the elements.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
Add protein to your diet by eating things like eggs, cheese, nuts, beans, or lentils. Protein is one of the building blocks that make up our muscle tissue and it’s needed in order to have healthy hair. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water! Hydration is key for optimal health and it will help keep your skin, scalp, and hair looking their best. Exercise is important too. It’s a great way to get the blood circulating through your head, which helps bring much-needed nutrients like oxygen and glucose to your scalp.
Brush In Moderation
Always brush hair before bedtime. This removes loose hairs and tangles, which can lead to breakage or matting during the night. Brush your bangs down over one eye in a half ponytail so you don’t have any stray hairs on your face while sleeping!
Brush your hair before you wash it. This will help remove any product buildup from the day and make sure to get all tangles out, too!
Pregnancy Hair Care
Take care of your hair while you’re pregnant by using a prenatal vitamin, drinking lots of water, and talking to your doctor about any necessary supplements or vitamins they may recommend for specific hair needs during pregnancy. All the hormones that are released during pregnancy can make the hair dry and brittle. Once you notice this you should take steps to nourish your hair.
Blow Dry Your Hair Effectively
Section hair and use a comb or your fingers to lift the roots of each section up as high as they can go, then blow dry downwards with a round brush or paddle brush. Also, use a round brush or paddle brush to smooth down any frizz at the ends when hair is close to dry. Dry as much as possible before brushing out tangles, then switch over to a comb and fingers for shine and volume! Less heat typically equals healthier hair, so consider air drying your hair once in a while too.
Take Care of Color Treated Hair
When you are caring for bleached hair at home or if you have color-treated locks, invest in sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner as they are designed for chemically processed strands and will hydrate and keep the color. Remember that color treated hair is more delicate so you have to use products that are designed for it.
Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself is something that you cannot afford to ignore when you are mom. It can be easy to put yourself aside and only think of helping your kids. However, this is a recipe for disaster and not sustainable. Taking the time to create a beauty routine that sees you through taking care of yourself in general, including taking care of your hair will help to keep you feeling energized and refreshed so that you can get through those tough days and those that are not-so-tough.