After my first baby I remember looking back at the first photos postpartum thinking, “Dang I look a mess”. The sight of myself looking worn down, exhausted and utterly over 16 hours of labor was a hard sight to bear. Some may call it being vain but, for me, dislike for the image starring back was more than that. Struck me to my core. Feeling that I didn’t walk into my greatness but instead something had walked all over me. Moving into postpartum the Latina that once was became a shell of herself. The ‘ol hormone monster raged. Relentlessly replacing my pregnancy glow with baggy eyes, straggly hair, and milk stains on every shirt that I owned.
I mean, am I wrong in saying every woman wants to feel good during life’s major events? Marriage, graduation, engagement – hell, for most on a every day basis. So why would the day they step into their ultimate womanhood, the day of labor, be any different. Feeling fierce and proud as they take on birth and motherhood “like a boss”.
So this go round, baby number 2, I vowed things would be different. Committing to doing a little extra planning for myself. Ensuring looking good during birth and postpartum with the least amount of hassle. That was for sure to start with hair. You see, when you look good you feel good and when you feel good you play good. So kick birth and postpartum into gear and let’s style it up! Prep yourself to feel good and take on motherhood looking fab!
Make a day out of it. Throw in a stop at the nail shop while your at it. It may be the last mani/pedi you have in a while momma.
I have pulled together some go to protective styles sure to keep you looking your best.
Wrap It Up
The wrap is one of my all-time favs! I recommend this style not just for labor and postpartum but for any woman who wants to add instant glam to any outfit or style. A simple two strand flat twist under a wrap is a quick and easy way to put away your hair while still protecting it from excessive styling. No salon required. Want to switch it up – throw on a different wrap with a different knot style and go. It really is that easy!
There are a ton of options when it comes to braids but this one is specific to box braids. This style is for sure to last you from birth to postpartum without much hassle. Want this style? Here are a few must have tips: Don’t get them too tight – tell your stylist to take it easy. Take them out a little before or at the end of your first forty days postpartum. Chunky is always better.
I recently tried this look last year for the first time. It is a definite new fav when I feel like adding a little length to my hair. Faux-locks are low maintenance as they are meant to have a rugged look to them. Also depending on the install process you choose you could be in and out of the salon relatively quickly compared to other extension styles.
Add some pizzazz to your braids with a braided up do. You can never go wrong with a low maintenance pinup to get your mom glam on.
Now that we’ve talked styles – let’s talk care.
Are you prepared to combat the dreaded postpartum hair struggles that are sure to come? Pick any protective style and combine it with the products from my favorite hair-care guru, Taliah Waajid, for the ultimate experience. Can I get an AMEN for convenience! Order or shop these products at your local Walmart. No more running around trying to find it at specialty beauty stores!
So here goes – I promise to keep it simple.
- Keep your hair healthy from inside out with additional supplements and prenatal vitamins. The Thick & Full Vitamin are sure to nourish your hair during postpartum as your hormones re-balance. As your hair sheds it will quickly be replaced with healthy hair from the root.
- Cut chemicals & heat! Style your hair in a protective style and no touchy. That means no relaxers, color or straitening tools. Replace your hair styling urge with a moisturizing routine. Start with nourishing your scalp with Ditch the Itch. Infused with bamboo, peppermint and basil, it leaves a refreshing tingle on your scalp. And don’t get me started on how good it smells. Girl! Top of your moisture routine with the Gro & Gro. Made with bamboo & coconut, this stops dull damaged hair in its tracks!
- Shampoo ONLY when necessary or when you have time. If that ever happens in between feeding every two hours, diaper changes and attempting to sleep. Cut down on dryness and keep your scalp and hair conditioned much longer. Need a quick refresh – use the Refresh and so Clean instead of a full wash. It will have you looking so fresh and so clean without the hassle.
Need more styling tips or want a different look? Check out additional regimens here.
What are your go to hairstyles and styling products? Comment below.
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