Lisa Thornbury: Party Mummy


Warning: Do Not Fall For The Dreaded "Mom Cut"

New Moms, Heed My Advice

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If you're a mom (which you probably are if you're visiting this website. Afterall, this isn't The Yummy Fly Fisherman's Club or The Yummy Brick Layers Association) you probably know about the "Mom Cut."

If you're a brick layer or a fly fisherman, please let me explain. 

You start out with fine hair (fine good, not fine thin/limp). It's long-ish perhaps. Possibly highlighted and coiffed.

You get pregnant and your great hair gets even greater. Thick,'re ridiculously good looking from the neck up at least. 

You have your baby. Your hair still looks nice for a few solid weeks. After a stretch of not shampooing or even brushing, your hair becomes somewhat disheveled. 

You finally wash your hair, but you're so tired you can barely hold the blow dryer above your head without passing out.

You spend the next few weeks sporting the popular mom bun—ponytail folded messily into an elastic. This is the sleep deprived mother's fancy hair.

Your once lavish hair soon begins to fall out in clumps and your spouse fears the large furry tumbleweeds lurking in the corners of the bathroom.

You look in the mirror one morning (which now begins at 4:30 am when the baby wakes for her feeding) and you cup your hair in your hands to create a faux short hair look. You look pretty cute through blurry eyes and you decide a change is in order. As for highlights? Who has the time? You are elated imagining how fast your hair will be to dry and style and you wonder why ALL moms don't do this?! 

FACT: All moms do do this after the birth of a child. Maybe not all moms, but I'd wager a guess that at least 60% of moms do it. I did it. Twice. 

Was I happy I did it? Hell no. I looked horrible. Dowdy, frumpy, mousey. My natural hair colour is alarmingly drab. Furthermore, short hair is difficult to manage. For me anyway. In order to get it looking somewhat decent you actually have to style it and blow drying takes just as long or longer as a result of the required fussing. A mom bun is faster, easier and you don't end up looking like you're wearing a hair helmet.

So moms, before you make that hair appointment, consider the photos below...

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