As a mum, you may be thinking that you don’t have time to do your hair each morning – that hair isn’t the most important thing of the day… and it probably isn’t! But it does make you feel ready for anything. It also helps us mums feel great about ourselves when our hair looks great.

Vicki Lord, award-winning hairstylist and mum of two daughters, shares how juggling parenting and work doesn’t mean your hair has to suffer.

Here are Vicki’s tips for mums who want to style their hair each morning:

1)    Get up before the kids:

If you get up just before the kids in the morning you will have twenty to forty minutes to make yourself feel good… grab a shower, do a natural make-up application, then style your hair. If you need more time each morning, either avoid doing lunches altogether by paying for school dinners, or pack the kids’ lunches the night before, and pop them in the fridge ready for the next morning.

2)    Get a good style and cut: 

Your hair type will depend on how easy it is to restyle in the morning – so when you go to your stylist or hairdresser, make sure you tell them that you need something that you can either wash and go with, or style super easily… but do not compromise on the image that you are after!

3)    Easy ups:

If you do not have time to wash your hair, scoop it up in a ponytail, side bun, or top knot and add a nice hair accessory. I would actually advise against a hat, because it is typical that you will have to go in the classroom, or do something that will involve taking it off and revealing your messy mop. Dry shampoo is a great speedy hair tip too – it adds volume, and reduces a greasy appearance.

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4)    Loose and sleek:

It is pretty easy to wash, dry and brush your hair at night, and then run the straightening irons over it in the morning. Make sure you add some protective heat spray too, and remember to turn the irons off before rushing out the door with the kids.

5)    Braid it:

Braids are always a winner, as you can feasible do them really tight and neatly the day before and then wear them for a day or two, depending on your hair type… It means you get another day of your hair being wavy when you untie the braided style too. On the day you untie the braids, add a little shine spray or holding spray to keep the waves looking pretty and in the place.

You may not have heaps of time each morning, but you can still give the impression that you have made more than a little effort to have gorgeous hair!

Try a ponytail with a quiff

The easiest, most effective hair-do for busy mums would have to be the pony with a quiff! This is a practical hairstyle that can be done quickly and has instant impact! It’s great to be able to tie your hair up whilst you’re running about being super mum!!

How to:

  1. Section a triangle from your temple area and take it back about 2-3 inches towards the crown area.
  2. Isolate this hair away from the back of hair.
  3. Secure the rest of the hair back into a ponytail at the back of head towards your crown area.
  4. Gently back-brush the triangle section at the front to create the quiff, use dry shampoo at the root area to help create height and texture whilst back-brushing, smooth the top layer of the quiff tail using the back-brush.
  5. Dress the quiff back towards the base of the ponytail creating as much height as you would like and then secure with grips.
  6. Now with the ponytail down, take a small section of the ponytail from underneath and wrap around to disguise grips and band.
  7. Secure with grips underneath the base of the ponytail.
  8. Spray with hairspray to secure in place.

Tip: For an extra sparkle try curling the ponytail! Or if your hair is not quite long enough, try adding a clip-in ponytail… Balmain have a great range!

Vicki Lord Hair StylistWho is Vicki Lord – Celebrity Hair Stylist?

Vicki Lord is a session stylist and hair expert for L’Oreal and has presented on QVC, and appeared on Sky, The Chrissy B show, and has a whole list of celebrity clients and top brands she works with out of her Kent hair studio.