As a working mom I sometimes feel almost like Jeckle and Hyde between my “clinic self” and my “mom self”. Dr. Annie wears coordinated outfits and looks like she knows what she’s doing. Mommy Annie wears stretchy pants and has did-she-just-get-electrocuted hair most of the time. Or I wear this hat:
Converting between the two is sometimes a challenge. My natural hair is somewhere between “relaxed waves” and “actually curly” that never, ever looks good the day after sleeping on it. If I’m on my game, I’ll get a blow-out or do it myself (ultimate mom-hack, finding room in your budget for a blow-dry bar membership! Blow Me Away is my current obsession with monthly memberships starting at $60). If not, these are two of my go-to rescue hair-do’s that work for any length lob or longer.
This one looks so fancy and takes almost zero effort if you can make a ponytail. Below is me, literally having just rolled out of bed. Some bloggers have it together enough to put on make up and stuff before they do their post pics… I’ll put that down as #bloggoals 😀
First, if the top of your hair is greasy from not washing (no judgement – I frequently can’t name the last time I’ve showered), spray in your face dry shampoo. I like this one: Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo for Light Tones mostly for the smell, lots of others work great.
If, however, it’s frizzy, rub a little tiny bit of conditioner with water and smooth through the top. Then I like to use something with a little hold like this: Bumble and Bumble Dryspun through the roots.
Once the prep is done, brush that rat’s nest out! Then, make a ponytail wherever you want the bun. Divide hair roughly in half top and bottom. Next, you’re going to stick your fingers through one loop of the elastic from the pony side towards the scalp, like so:
Grab the top half and pull it under. Do the same on the bottom half. Then pull on the inside of your loops just like you’re tightening a regular ponytail.
Scrunch around, and go!
This one starts the same. Prep scalp and brush. Then, divide hair roughly in half along your natural part and then each half in half. Do a simple braid of each section as far down as you can and secure with small hair bands like these: Goody Clear Elastic Hair Ties.
Next, tie the braids in a few knots and then tuck up and pin with these hair-miracles:
Goody Hair Spin Pins which work like 100 Bobby pins in one.
Comes out like so:
👆👆👆 actually me after getting dressed this morning. Next up, make up, coffee, food, kids lunches, get kids dressed, kids breakfast, get new outfit because they spilled, spend 3 lifetimes getting their shoes on and getting them in car seats, and Voila! Professional Dr. Annie made it to work on time.
Hope this helps you other lovelies out there!