Hair care has been a tough one for me since having kids, long gone are the days where I have time to dedicate hours to washing and styling my hair! I’m lucky if I get time to wash it let alone style it and most days it’s stuck on the top of my head in a mum bun. Not ideal considering my hair tangles ridiculously easily so I end up with a matted mess that resembles a 7 year old bird’s nest when I come to finally deal with it.
I have been really loving the Umberto Giannini range, it’s so Mum friendly and the packaging is just frigging amazing to be honest, the bottles look amazing in my bathroom and as you probably know by now if you follow my blog, I love me some cute packaging!
Here are a few tricks and products I’ve found that help to create effortless hair styles you can do in no time:
01. Putting your hair up to sleep – I don’t always have time to completely dry my hair because I tend to shower at night so I’m forever going to bed with damp hair. A trick I’ve found to leave you with quick, effortless curls is to put it up into a twisted bun before going to bed. I normally have my hair just below my shoulder so this can work for anything that length or longer. In the morning take the bun out and run some Umberto Giannini Boho Beach Jelly through your ends for an effortless boho look with next to no effort – Mum bun curls like they’ve been done on purpose. If waves are more your thing then plait your hair instead! Even just a hair scarf can help keep things sleek while you sleep! Cute hair with zero effort!
02. Umberto Giannini Shower in a Bottle – This vegan friendly product is a sleep deprived Mum’s dream product. For those nights where you have a screaming babe in arms with no time to shower then a squirt of this in the morning to refresh your roots is a Godsend. I’ve never really got on with dry shampoo, the scents are always a bit strong for me most of the time so I tend to only use them if I really need to but this has a super light jasmine and rose fragrance and I love it! I love using this even when my hair doesn’t need refreshing just to add some much needed volume.
03. Hair Masks – Hair masks normally take at least 20 minutes don’t they and let’s face it, most of us probably don’t have an extra 2 minutes let alone 20 minutes in the bath when there are kids in the picture. My fave is the Umberto Giannini 60 Second Smooth, this stuff leaves your hair super smooth in 60 seconds. 60 freaking seconds! I originally bought this for Eloise who has hair so long she can sit on it but I’ve been pinching this a lot! You pop it on just before you shampoo, easy peasy.
04. Post partum hair loss – After having Eloise I didn’t experience any hair loss, not sure how I managed it but my hair stayed lovely and thick. With Lily however, the story couldn’t be more different. I lost clumps of hair whenever I showered and it looked so limp and awful that for the first time in my life, I really hated my hair. The regrowth was also a nightmare and I looked like a lion gone wrong whenever I put my hair up so there really was no hiding just how crap my hair was. Post partum hair loss is a bitch because chances are you already feel shit about your appearance what with the leaky nips and general, hedge backwards chic looks you’ve been rocking since late pregnancy. If you feel you need a more drastic approach to dealing with PP hair loss then you may want to look into a hair transplant, Harley Street Hair Clinic offer great solutions.
04. Use scrunchies instead of regular hair bands – I find scrunchies are the kindest to my hair, especially at night. Not only that but they don’t leave that hair band dent in your hair either. I also find they don’t cause as much fall out when you take your hair down too which is great for post partum hair strops!
05. Leaving it to dry naturally – My hair takes bloody ages to dry using a hair dryer and my baby hairs always end up making me look like a lion. Leaving my hair to dry naturally is not only quicker in terms of effort but my hair looks nicer if it’s not been blown about by hot hair. Not using heat also means you don’t need to use a heat protector or deep condition it as much as usual so that also reduces the amount of time you need to spend on your hair considerably.
06. Having an easy hair style – “Short hair don’t care!” Asking your hairdresser for a hair style you don’t have to actually style is your best bet. My hair used to be down to my bum and it was a fucking nightmare and a half. I had most of it cut off when I was pregnant with Lily and haven’t looked back. It’s so much easier to manage and takes half the time to tackle in the mornings now.
07. Washing your hair less often – Letting the natural oils condition your hair by only washing it every other day can mean less time spent on deep conditioning and hair product faffing in general. Your hair will be glossier and healthier for it too!
08. Find a good mobile hairdresser – It can be difficult to find the time to actually get out to a salon so finding a mobile hairdresser can be a Godsend! Keeping on top of your hair with regular visits means healthier hair and less time spent on styling frazzled hair.
09. Leave in conditioner – More often than not I have about 3 seconds to shower, with Eloise I was single so had even less time so skipping none essential steps in the shower can be the difference between actually being able to wash or leaving your hair in a Mum bun for another few days. Leave in conditioner is an angel in disguise! A few spritzes after a shower and you’re away! Coconut oil or argan oil are good shouts if you’re wanting something more natural.
10. Choose the right brush – I hold my hands up and say that my hair went at least a week without being brushed during the newborn days! This always ends badly and normally with me spending about half an hour trying to get the matted Mum bun off the top of my head. I find regular hair brushes crap to put it bluntly, they always pull my hair out which is a nightmare because it had already thinned out from post partum hair loss so anything that added to that was a no no for me. I use a Tangle Teezer and I swear by it! I’ve had mine for about 6 years now and it’s still going strong!
What are your favourite hair care tips?