What were some of the things you simplified about your beauty routine after having a kid? Before Reuben was born I thought to myself “I’m not going to be one of those frumpy frazzled moms who never shower or brush their teeth.” Though I still managed to practice dental hygiene with the arrival of my sweet son, I began to try and streamline my beauty routine for the sake of sanity and time. I don’t think I’ll ever forgo makeup completely- some live and die by the sword. I live and die by a good mascara.
Showering but not washing my hair became a great way to knock off a decent amount of time in a day- time that could be spent sleeping, catching up on email, playing with Reuben or drinking that third cup of coffee. Even though my life is far less crazy now that he’s almost three it’s been nice to not feel compelled to wash my hair everyday, save some water and still find a way to look nice.
Here are my fave products for moms and women who want to look hot, don’t have a ton of time and are trying to live somewhat simply (though I suppose it could be arguable that wearing a potato sack and conditioning your hair with yogurt would be simpler for some).
I’ve read about this product for years but had no clue where to find it. My awesome stylist Rachel Rios at Capelli Salon (check her out if you’re looking for someone great in the GR area!) mentioned that they had some by Big Sexy Hair & I was sold! It’s been a great product so far- and funny enough it’s been a helpful way for me to not make excuses about exercising. You know, the one that goes “I don’t want to shower twice in one day and have to wash my hair again so I don’t have time to exercise” excuse? Dry shampoo is a little like cornstarch for your hair- After I’ve gotten mildly sweaty after exercising, I’ll spray a bit of it on my roots to soak up the grease, brush it through and then I’m good to go. It’s a bit more than I typically spend on product ($17) but for the time I save, water I save and the exercise excuses I save for another day it’s been worth it. If you’re a research-y type, you can check a review of various dry shampoos on various types of hair at slate.com
Velcro rollers: These things always confused me and mildly frightened me. I had no clue how to use them but once I did they became a great tool in my beauty arsenal.
These are another great hair care multi-tasker that are awesome for when you need a little volume in your hair and don’t have a lot of time. Even if you just throw in a few at the crown they can turn a limp hairstyle into a wavy, sexy style ala Giselle.
I like to throw velcro rollers in in the morning while I’m doing my makeup or sitting and eating breakfast. I do have a horrible feeling that one day I’ll leave the house with a roller stuck to the back of my head but so far I’ve managed to escape that public shaming. The best part about these is they’re cheap ($5) and you can find them just about anywhere. Your mom probably still has some lurking around in her bathroom drawer. If you’ve got two minutes to spare check out this link at ehow.com on using velcro rollers.
I’ve found that youtube.com has some great videos on how to do hair if you’re ever feeling more adventuresome. I was feeling ambitious to try a french twist for a women’s holiday tea this past December & unlike my fashion-saavy sister, have never been able to master just how to stick in those bobby pins to get that sleek look.
I’ve also loved Loreal’s Color Experte home hair color. I typically color my hair twice a year when it gets dark and the sun doesn’t naturally lighten it. If you don’t want to pay big $ to get your hair colored at the salon this is a great option. If you’ve got an obliging husband or friend that can help you apply the color that helps a lot. It’s been the best home hair color I’ve done yet, is cheap ($15.00) and lasted a long time. Plus, Loreal.com has coloring tips from a guy with a funny accent to help you look great.
What are your fave beauty products these days? Any tips for saving time and looking good? How have you streamlined your beauty routine for the sake of time?