I Gave Up My Beauty Routine After Becoming a Mom

I Gave Up My Beauty Routine After Becoming a Mom

A beauty junkie trades in her mani-pedis and highlights for home life.

By Kelly Bryant

There are certain aspects of becoming a mom that you may certainly expect but don’t necessarily understand until you have that baby in your arms: fewer date nights with the hubby, dining out at restaurants with a children’s menu – when you dine out at all – packing for a trip to the grocery store with as much cargo as if you were leaving town for a week. But then there are the side effects of motherhood that you never anticipated.

As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie (hey, I’m a Libra) and lover of all things super girly, I was all about appearance maintenance in my pre-kid days. Highlights? Definitely. Facials? Yes, please. Manicures? Duh. But these days, I’m lucky if I can catch a shower every day.

It isn’t that I’m not desperate for an updated hair style (these strands are seriously begging for a cut) or indifferent to my gray roots (they actually anger me), I simply can’t justify the time in the salon chair right now. I don’t enjoy sitting still in front of a mirror, flipping through magazines for an hour and a half while my color develops and my hair gets blown out, because I’m antsy thinking about all of the other things I could be doing. Do I want to look and feel cute? Yes! But can I relax while the magic is happening? No, at least not right now. There’s nothing soothing about tapping my foot on that chair pedestal while I pray the timer goes off so the stylist can rinse my hair and get me on my way.

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And before anyone gets up in arms about how moms need to take time out for themselves -- I completely agree with that, and I do take time for myself. But these days it’s usually in the form of exercise (possibly because if I don’t keep moving I may just fall into hibernation from sleep deprivation) or having that rare opportunity to catch up with my closest girlfriends. I take my time-outs -- I’m just very, very picky about how I spend them.

There’s also the high price tag attached to most beauty services that keeps me from pursuing “routine maintenance.” Even the cheapest mani-pedis add up, and unfortunately, diapers don’t pay for themselves (nor do private preschools). I recently had my brows shaped by a professional for the first time in forever, and it felt like such a treat. A 20-minute service that makes me feel a little more polished? That I’m all over.

Now, I’m not knocking moms who are always impeccably styled, although maybe I am a little envious. Rock on, sisters. It’s just that right now, it’s not for me. To those women, I say keep the hair chair warm for me, I’ll be back … eventually.

How has your beauty routine changed since you became a mom?

Kelly Bryant is a freelance writer and pop culture junkie. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Follow her on Twitter @MsKellyBryant.

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