I have heard that the first three months postpartum are the hardest. Your body is recovering, hormones are haywire, you’re adjusting to life with a newborn, stress and sleep deprivation are at an all time high… I found this to be the utmost truth. Right around the three month mark, I started to feel like I was getting the hang of this motherhood thing. And justtttt as I started getting cozy, I noticed something horrifying…
Hair. Everywhere. On the bathroom floor, in my hairbrush, on my pillowcase, in the shower drain. The dreaded postpartum shed had kicked into high gear. I’ve heard rumors of this “great shed” but I hadn’t really braced myself for the rat-sized wads of hair I was to be pulling out of my hairbrush.
All of that said, it wasn’t as much a concern as it was annoyance. Almost everyone has some degree of postpartum shedding due to hormones balancing out after pregnancy. Nonetheless, my hair was feeling dead and lifeless and I needed a change of pace (not to mention I was tired of feeling like a chocolate labrador in the dead of summer). So I took the plunge and decided to get the stereotypical postpartum mom chop.
When I got to my appointment and told my hair dresser what I wanted, he said “I feel like I’m supposed to talk new moms out of cutting their hair off”… to which I responded “don’t bother, it’s happening”. I feel like this “mom chop” is a right of passage into motherhood. I know probably 50 moms who chopped their hair after their first baby, and now I know why. We’re just over it.
After weeks of Pinterest and Instagram, I finally settled on a style/color that would be versatile and relatively low maintenance for my new lifestyle. I toyed with the idea of a full-fledged bob, but I’ve tried that once before and for my hair type (medium-ish thick, wavy, fine) it ended up being a lot higher maintenance than I thought. After much consideration, here is what I went for:
The cut is medium length, a couple inches past my collarbone with long layers, slight angle in the front with some shorter, cheekbone length pieces for “fringe”. This is the ultimate low maintenance mom cut, at least for my hair type (and I’m sure for many more). It’s awesome because it’s long enough that it fits in a ponytail but it’s not so long that it takes 100 years to style. I can braid it, let it air dry, and fit it in a bun all without the need for loads of bobby pins or product. AND I can do a full blown style from shower to spray in about 15-20 minutes, including hair dryer and flatiron (mind you, I am not a perfectionist). Pretty, clean and fun.. what more could you ask for?
My favorite part. I actually like my natural hair color, so I’m not trying to erase it, just enhance it. I’ve been getting balayage highlights for the last 5 years, just to add some pizazz to my natural medium brown color and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM. The best part about balayage is that it’s super low maintenance IF you want it to be. At this stage in my life, I don’t have the time or the patience to be in the salon touching up my roots every six weeks, so balayage works well for me (plus it gets super pricey). Unlike foils, balayage highlights are painted on so they have a more natural look that fades a bit at the root. This makes it so that there is no harsh line where the highlight starts, so it grows out gracefully. I actually love when it starts growing out a bit and my darker roots start to come through – the subtle ombre look. I generally only get my hair highlighted once or twice a year (once is a bit of a stretch, but I didn’t highlight at all when I was pregnant) and I’ll get a gloss once every couple months when I cut my hair just to keep things looking fresh.
So there you have it. Pretty and fun with low maintenance pizazz. The mom-friendly medium length haircut. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more posts on how to style this bad girl.