Save time and maybe even get a little more shut-eye with this easy hair care routine for busy mums.
Although you once spent hours styling your hair, sitting in the hair salon, and deciding what highlights would suit you best, being a mum might well have changed your priorities.
Unless you’re completely on top of it (and let's face it, who amongst us is?) a simpler hair care routine might reintroduce a little bit of me. Because let’s be realistic; most school runs consist of a messy pony before rushing the kids out of the door.
And if you haven’t quite got to the school run yet, then you’re going to need an even quicker routine.
We’ve put together an easy hair care routine for busy mums to follow, full of simple tips you can begin using today to save time, energy, and the stress of a proper hair care routine.
Don’t shampoo your hair every day
You may already do this, but if not, it’s a game-changer.
Guess what? You don’t need to shampoo your hair every day. Instead, we recommend washing your hair every three to four days.
Two- or three-day old hair often goes up into a pony or bun easier, the natural oils helping it look sleek without product. Extending time between washes past the five-day mark though, as appealing as it may seem, can be counterproductive.
Leaving your hair five or six days might mean you spend longer washing, with product build up and your hair's natural oils harder to remove. You might need to lather, rinse, and repeat a few times to get your hair completely clean, and if you don’t get it right, you may find your hair gets greasy more quickly, creating a vicious circle.
However often you choose to wash your hair, a good shampoo can make the world of difference. Ask your stylist to recommend the shampoo that suits your hair type, hair goals or your ideal shampoo schedule.
Dry shampoo is not the enemy
But what if you’re really stretched for time and don’t have a few extra minutes to jump in the shower?
Dry shampoo is here to save the day. If your memories of dry shampoo are those powdery sprays that feel like talc on your scalp, rest assured dry shampoo has come a long way in the last few years.
There are many high-quality dry shampoos that will make your hair feel fresh and clean. Try spraying your hair with dry shampoo before you get to the oily root stage. Applying this at night on day two or three post-wash might mean you wake up with far fresher hair, getting you through an extra day or two before you need to lather up.
You also don’t need to wait for your hair to dry, which is also a plus…
Just be sure to wash your hair with shampoo every now and then - dry shampoo should complement your existing hair care routine, not replace it.
Simple hairstyles are your best friend
While you may have time once in a while to style your bangs or blow-dry to your heart's content, chances are you no longer have that luxury. At least for now, anyway.
So, simple hairstyles are your best friend. So, why not rock the following looks:
- Hair in a bun
- Braided ponytail
- Embrace the overnight waves - watch our tutorial here!
- Anything that keeps your hair out of your eyes and looking somewhat presentable
Use hair accessories to mix up your style with no added effort.
Why not use hair bands, combs, slides, and bows? It’s an easy way to style your hair when you’re short on time.
And when you’ve got a little more time to yourself, you can have a nice relaxing bath, wash your hair with shampoo, and style your hair how you like it best.
Straighten your hair before bed
Do you find yourself with more time in the evening than in the morning? Maybe you have a little more time on your hands once the kids are in bed, enjoying a glass of wine, or just appreciating the quiet? We feel you.
If you’re a fan of straight hair, then consider straightening your hair before bed.
If you haven't tried this before, it might be because you doubt your hair will last the night; but adding products like Charlie Miller 10-in-1 spray to damp hair before blow drying with a nozzle can add an extra bit of smoothness before you run your straighteners over your locks, allowing you more time in the morning.
Adding a serum, pinning your hair up while you sleep or investing in a silk pillowcase or turban could further help you in the pursuit of ‘I woke up like this’ hair.
If in doubt, rock the out of bed look…
If you’re really short on time, why not rock the out of bed look?
Leave in products such as Charlie Miller Volume Spritz can leave you with an effortless beachy wave. Or simply throw your hair into a bun, find some clothes, and you’re ready to start your day.
And while we wouldn't recommend this every day, sometimes you need a little time to not stress about the little things.
Do your best to take care of your hair to save even more time!
That’s right - to avoid more time in the salon chair or countless hours untangling your latest bed head, you need to take care of your hair.
Luckily, you don’t need the most extensive of routines to get started.
We recommend washing your hair one to two times a week with a quality shampoo and conditioning duo such as Charlie Miller Hydrate, using dry shampoo between washes if necessary, and applying hair oil to hydrate and soothe your hair for improved scalp and hair health.