Haircuts were never a huge decision in my life. My mom would have anyone chop off anything and I’d just deal. Then I got lazy and let it grow long and that’s when it got real easy. Long hair comes with a lot of flexibility with styling. But that takes time! Even DRYING the damn mane was a pain (and a commitment). My hair lived in a messy bun for months because I couldn’t find the time to work with it. So where’s the happy medium? What’s the best, low maintenance haircut for a busy working mom?
When I made the choice to get a mom bob, I knew what I was doing. Or at least, what I wanted. My responsibilities at home superseded most self-care activities, and the mop on my head was an afterthought. Working full-time with a new baby at home calls for some serious rearranging of priorities.I had to bite the bullet. I had to get a mom haircut and it had to make my hair routine as quick and easy as possible.
But when you tell a hair stylist you’re looking for something low maintenance, they have a totally different idea of what that is.
To them (the pros) they do hair all day! And they do other people’s hair. It’s easy for them to make anything *look* low maintenance. I always hop out of the salon with a fresh blow out and my hair never looks that good again.
I know you know exactly what I mean.
Between all the products, brushes, and straight up SKILL, they’re in a completely different league. So for the rest of us, what makes a haircut easy to maintain? Seriously though.
What makes a haircut easy to maintain?
This is specific to your individual hair and time commitment, but let me tell you about mine (because when it comes to hair, I am lazy af).
My hair is thick-ish, generally straight but super frizzy for the first 6 hours after washing it, and hardly ever “styled”. At most, I’ll run a straightener through it for 5 minutes or less. I’d like to do more to it, but I really don’t care most days. My go-to no-time-for-this look is a ballet bun with a couple bobby pins. A messy bun, if you will. Then I like the freedom to do something for date night or something particularly instagram-worthy.
SO. Now that we have that covered, this is what makes my hair bearable.
At Least Shoulder Length
Shoulder length is the lowest I can go. Why?
- to throw it up in a ponytail or bun
- to keep my face from being too exposed
I don’t know why, but short hair makes me self conscious. And insecurity is ANOTHER THING I do not have time for.
You’re probably calling me out for exposing my face when my hair is up in a bun, and you’re right. It’s kinda the same thing. Except it’s not because I can occasionally redeem some confidence with a style every now and then.
Too many layers and ambitious styles are…. a headache. Layers are amazingly generous with growth and allow you to go further between trims, but the closer they are in length, the better!
Too many layers will have them creeping up your head and end up closer to mullet. You don’t need that!
Works with what you’ve got
Your hair texture is the biggest factor of maintenance. I do not have very well behaved hair by any means, but I have a few tricks to keeping my hair in its place (no pun intended).
The best low maintenance haircuts for moms
1. The Long Bob (“lob”)
My favorite, simple haircut. All one length or slightly angled with a shorter back. It’s easy to style because it actually looks GOOD when it’s kinda messy. Hallelujah!
It dries fast, and is V trendy. So there’s that.
Bonus: You can still sneak most of it in a hair tie on those days when you just can’t be bothered with hair.
2. Long and Layered
All hail the layered look because, when they’re done right, everything just lays effortlessly. Minimal styling required, just a little serum to make it all look shiny and let the layers do the work.
I particularly like long layers because I don’t need to run in for a trim. The layers just grow and I can get away with up to 6 months between cuts.
This will take an extra while to dry, but again you can just let it do it’s thing. It was designed for this.
NOTE: I only mentioned 2 cuts. Yes that is limiting, but I don’t want to give you false hope. When it comes to “low maintenance”, these babies take the cake.
The best mom haircut is simple (just like this list).