Quick and Easy New-Mom Hairstyles
For voluminous hair
Even the simplest updo can get a Scarlett Johansson-inspired boost with a bump in the front and some loose wisps on the sides.
For long, thick hair
You know you always wanted to look like you belonged on Laguna Beach. Kristin Cavallari’s relaxed, wavy ponytail is easy for any new mom to pull off, and loose enough to not look severe.
For short, thin hair
Elsa Pataky, mom of three (which includes twin boys), rocked a side-swept bob this summer. Short and manageable, it’s the kind of ‘do you can tousle with your fingers for volume and walk out the door. For special occasions, use a blow-dryer for the perfect wind-swept effect.
For Straight, Long Hair
Use the old standby: a ponytail. To make it like stylish Jessica Alba’s pony, blow-dry your hair (if you have more than three minutes, you can even use a flatiron), gather your hair at the nape of your neck and wrap a hairband around it. Let a few face-framing pieces loose and tame flyaways with some hair spray or gel.
For Curly, Long Hair
If you’ve got wavy or curly hair like Kate Hudson’s, embrace it! An anti-frizz hair product is your best friend. Spray it on, scrunch your hair, and you’re ready to go. If you want to pump up the volume, dry your hair for a few minutes; then wrap your strands in big Velcro rollers and leave them on for 20 to 30 minutes. You can get some chores done (or even take a nap!) while you’re waiting.
For Straight, Mid-Length Hair
Long bobs are so chic. Steal Ali Larter’s look by using gel or hair spray to keep it sleek. If you want to add a little volume, spritz on some volumizing hair spray and use a round brush while you blow-dry.
For Wavy or Curly, Mid-Length Hair
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s hair looks so effortless here — if it works for the soon-to-be mama of two, it’ll work for you. Make sure you get a cut with light layers so it’s loose and you don’t end up with a big poufy look. Put some mousse on after you wash your hair and then blow-dry, using your fingers to separate and shape some curls.
For Straight, Short Hair
We love Michelle Williams’s pixie cut — this gamine look works perfectly with her face. Plus, it’ll definitely save you a lot more time in the mornings. When you get your hair cut, make sure there are long layers at the top. Use a blow-dryer and some shine serum to keep it sleek.
For Curly, Short Hair
Halle Berry’s signature ’do is low-maintenance but still sexy. You just have to make regular trips to the salon for trims. Style it with mousse or some pomade to tame those curls.