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Ahhh – the joys and complexities of new motherhood! On one hand, you have never been more in love; on the other hand, you have also never been more sleep deprived or fatigued. You likely take great pains to make sure your little one looks like an absolute sweet angel at all times, while neglecting even the most basic self-care needs for yourself. And even after the all-consuming newborn months, those first couple years caring for baby and a growing toddler, will still leave little time to fuss too much on your own appearance. But let’s be honest, when we look good, we feel good, so no need to completely ignore your own beauty routine. Instead, my advice to new moms and moms of little ones is to simplify! Below are just a few “new mom hair hacks” that will save you time, and help you look and feel your best.

1. Find a haircut you can style in under 15 minutes. For naturally wavy to curly hair, a short layered cut like a modern shag works great to give you natural movement and texture. Bangs also add some instant chicness and hide tired puffy eyes even if the rest of your hair is just thrown up in a messy bun.

2. A great look that is also very on trend right now and universally flattering are balayage highlights. They grow out soft and last longer than traditional highlights which equals less maintenance.

3. Keep a dry shampoo on hand that you can use in between washes to keep hair looking fresh. My faves are Rene Furterer which offers a fresh clean scent with no heavy residue, and Evo which has an amazing smell and goes on clear with a little hold as well.

4. Stock up on essential accessories like scarves, clips, and bobby pins to help with cute and quick updos – great for keeping hair away from sneaky little fingers that love to pull on mama’s hair. These are also must-haves for your diaper bag for any last-minute hair saves on the go!

These are just a few ways to keep you looking and feeling confident especially so that you can be comfortable getting into as many of those family photos as possible!

Guest Author Bio:

Established Los Angeles hairstylist Michelle Schwartz is as well-known for her easy-going, down-to-earth personality as she is for her daring, on-the-mark haircuts, color and styling.The Wisconsin native relocated to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a makeover artist and quickly made a name for herself as one of LA’s most trusted and knowledgeable hair and beauty professionals. In 2012, after years of building up her following at several LA-area salons, Michelle joined the talented team at the coveted B2V Salon in West Hollywood where she continues to work today. An expert at envisioning makeovers for all types, Michelle helps her clients achieve life-changing transformations.”My focus is on the total image,” says Michelle. “When my clients leave my chair, I want them to look and feel confident and empowered.” Michelle currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Drew and two sons Jaxson and Tobias. For more information, please visit