It sounds like a lie, but yes: mom hair is becoming famous and not exactly for what you might think. The expression refers to a particular cut that is usually worn by those who have curiously been mothers recently and that is easy to recognize: it is usually short, without a very defined style but definitely dishevelled.

“I see it all the time,” Juan Carlos Maciques, a stylist at Rita Hazan’s Manhattan salon, told The New York Times. “The first thing new mothers want to do is cut their hair off. They feel bad about their bodies and what they want is to bring themselves back, although cutting their hair is usually a big mistake.

I just became a mother a year ago and have been through that moment ‘I want to tell my hair. As much as I can’. Of course, a few months after giving birth begins to fall as if there were no tomorrow … looks dull, lifeless and you think you’ll never get it again. If you add to that the extra kilos and the dark circles that show that sleeping is something you don’t do much, you have as a result a time bomb that usually explodes when you’re sitting in front of the mirror in the hairdressing salon.

Macaques assures that cutting at that moment is usually a very bad decision, as it is a very radical change that does not correct what we need. In his words, “it’s better to wait about a year to make a radical cut. By then, you’ll know what you’ve got, because not only is your hair changing, but your body is too. You may not yet have the weight you want and the truth is that long hair can give you a bit of a distraction… however when you wear it short, it is more exposed”.

According to experts, there are three ways to achieve this harsh hair reality:

Do the same as the Duchess of Cambridge (okay, she has an army of stylists at her command, but we can learn something, can’t we? It’s a good way to give a breath of life to our look without giving it an exaggerated twist. If we repent we won’t have to wait so long to get back to our old hair, so don’t discard it.

Experiment with hairstyles and products. I know moms don’t have much time to do experiments, but it can also be a way to force us to take 5 minutes out of the day for ourselves. Try a pickup you find on youtube, or a dry shampoo to give some volume and texture (I’ve tried it and it works), or a densifying range that, although it won’t give you immediate results, can be a good long-term investment.

Okay, short, but don’t make the decision after the little depression it gives when you see those tufts fall out when you wash your hair. These decisions are made cold, so go to your hairdresser and ask for advice on something that might help you and that is practical to comb and maintain so as not to go with the same ponytail every day (swag may be a good option).

Get tufts or change colour. If you don\’t want something radical either, opt for a gradient or for the bronde, a trend that is fashionable and gives a very modern look… just what we need!

Finally, I can only say that we are filled with patience. It’s what I do every day when I look in the mirror and see those three hairs I have left of what was once a moderately normal mane. Several moms have told me that everything will return to normal and that sooner or later it will return. In the meantime, I’ll keep shampooing my hand dry trying to work a miracle every day with my particular ‘mom hair’.

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