With a little one to look after, replace a high-maintenance ’do with a flattering, on-trend style that’s also speedy and easy
HAIR YOU HAD: Classic chin-length bob
These look great – with regular salon visits and when you have the chance to style it (don’t be fooled into thinking less hair will equal lower maintenance). Plus, if your style is too short to tie up, this may not be practical once you have young kids.
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: The lob
‘The long bob is the style of autumn/winter 2013 – worn straight and glossy or with a wave – and it’s easy to tie back,’ says Mark Woolley, haircare ambassador for L’Oréal.
STYLE TIP ‘Ask your hairdresser for a blunt cut and avoid layers, as you want to build weight – especially if you’ve experienced hair loss after pregnancy,’ says Mark. For a smooth finish, try Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair (£14) or Moroccanoil Frizz Control (£19).
HAIR YOU HAD: A blunt fringe
Straight bangs makes a statement, but can be hard to care for. This look will need to be trimmed at least every four weeks and may need styling every day. Also, hair in your eyes while running after toddlers is never ideal.
A longer fringe can be flattering, and you’ll only need it trimmed every eight week
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: Grown-out bangs
Don’t say goodbye to your fringe, just ask your stylist to break up the bluntness by chopping into the ends. Once it starts to grow out, part in the middle or sweep to one side. ‘A longer fringe can be flattering, and you’ll only need it cut every eight weeks,’ says Mark.
STYLE TIP If your fringe gets greasy or sticks up when you’ve slept on it, spray in Charles Worthington Dry Shampoo (£5.99) and blow-dry with a round brush (try Andrew Barton I Love Volume Hot Curl Brush, £8) to refresh it without having to wash.
The Smooth Ends
HAIR YOU HAD: Ironed out
If you were a slave to your hair straighteners or spent hours blow-drying kinks or frizz before having kids, you may need a new routine now you’re pushed for time in the morning.
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: Ready-to-go
Invest in a Brazilian blow-dry treatment to smooth out frizz. Try the Trevor Sorbie KeraStraight Style Solution (from £190) or Daniel Hersheson Permanent Blow Dry (from £220), which infuse hair with keratin to improve condition and cut styling time.
STYLE TIP If you can’t get to the salon or want a more affordable option, smooth a hair oil, such as L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil (£9.99), through the lengths and ends of wet or dry hair. This will minimise frizz and improve texture. Or try Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Spray (£4.99).
HAIR YOU HAD: Tonged Waves
If your hair is naturally fine or flat, using tongs or rollers injects movement, but can be time-consuming.
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: The digi curl
The Momoko Digital Curl is 2014’s answer to the perm and, rather than 80s spirals, new tech makes it possible to create modern beachy waves instead. The treatment is gentle enough even for bleached hair. Book in from November at Trevor Sorbie salons nationwide
STYLE TIP If you prefer something less permanent, try this: ‘Twist damp hair into a top knot overnight, then rake through with your fingers in the morning for movement and body,’ says Ben Cooke, Herbal Essences ambassador. Spray through L’Oréal Paris StudioLine Volume Supersizing Spray (£3.69) to give added volume and texture.
HAIR YOU HAD: Pixie cut
With celebs and supermodels going crazy for the crop, there’s never been a better time to take the short hair plunge. But to keep it looking sharp, you’ll need it trimmed every four-six weeks.
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: The grown-out pixie
‘For the first time in a while, A-listers are cutting their hair into crops and bobs,’ says Mark. ‘Anything goes when it comes to length.’ If you’re going through a tricky growth stage, slick it back, add a side parting or tuck it behind your ears. ‘Make the most of each stage by experimenting,’ says Ben.
If you’re going through a tricky growth stage, slick it back, add a side parting or tuck it behind your ears
STYLE TIP A matte moulding cream, such as Wella Professionals EIMI Rugged Texture (£11) or TommyGuns Moulding Texturing Paste (£6.50), will add texture and smooth hair off your face, or use it to tease strands into place.
HAIR YOU HAD: Super blonde
You probably had your colourist on speed dial, as ultra-platinum hair requires serious salon time. But, once the stylist gets swapped for soft play, you may require a less needy colour fix.
HAIR YOU NEED NOW: Flashes of blonde
‘You can still have the effect of being blonde, but opt for highlights closer to your natural shade (so it grows out subtly) and you’ll reduce colour appointments to three or four times a year,’ says Daniel Hersheson colourist Amie Wilson. ‘Go for balayage – blonde highlights only on the ends – for a low-maintenance look.’ Alternatively, try LA Lites at Hari’s salon in London, where colour is applied to wet hair for a subtle, sunkissed effect that only takes 45 minutes (from £85).
STYLE TIP Quickly cover dark roots at home with L’Oréal Paris Preference Mousse Absolue (£10.99). It’s perfect for touching-up your hairline.
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