I was disgusted and incredulous when veteran moms sagely told me, whilst pregnant with my eldest, "You'll never take a shower again. . . " First, it just seemed like a mean thing to say, even if it was true, and second, I thought, "Um, really? You must be seriously lacking in time management skills. . . " But in truth, they were partly right. Midnight and 3 AM wakings plus dressing two other people in addition to myself, then feeding said people plus 9 AM drop offs and other myriad activities does not a well-coiffed mommy make.
While I have managed to take a few showers in the past three-and-one-half years (mostly due to a large bathroom and the ability to lock my children in with me, with toys and activities, while I suds up), I am continually sacrificing one part or another of most normal people's pretty basic toilette. For example, it is a rare and glorious day, usually on a weekend, when I treat myself to both shaving my legs and washing my hair during the same shower. If using the Clarisonic, I usually skip exfoliating mitts. If shaving, my heels don't get pumiced and my long, thick hair (which I refuse to part with and which only looks good blown out--an additional 20 minutes) is usually the first to suffer.
Until, that is, I found fake braids and dry shampoo. I was browsing through the Sephora point of sale items a month or so ago when my hand was drawn to something that could formerly have been alive. I pinched it between my thumb and forefinger to examine it more closely and discovered it was actually a dark brown, braided, fake hair, headband. It was a little off-putting to say the least. Images of the "party hair" kiosk at the mall and the dominatrix-looking-chic who sells those frosty, coiled tresses, popped to mind. But I held it, and gradually I became more intrigued by its possibilities. . . I'd just picked up my second canister of Ojon dry shampoo and this seemed like the perfect compliment--it was.
I've been wearing my fake braid as a headband with loose strands and in mod-style middle part ponytails like crazy since I bought it for $10. In combination with dry shampoo, and with roughly 45 seconds of effort, it never fails to make my hair (sometimes going on three days without a good washing) look pretty fab and on-trend with this year's time consuming braided hairstyles, in spite of my grave neglect.
Ojon Full Detox(TM) Rub-Out(TM) Dry Cleansing Spray 4.1 oz is the number-one mom hair-saver I came late to. My hair at right is on almost three days without a wash. I use it on the second and third days after a shampoo and it preserves body and eliminates greasy tresses beautifully. I'm not a big fan of the scent, and I do feel like it dulls my hair a bit, so I'm waiting on a bottle of Oscar Blandi Pronto - Dry Shampoo 1 oz (28 g), which smells of lemon verbena (mmmm. . . ) and, Bliss staffers claim, can push your 'do five days past a wash.
Bring it, greasy new mom hair!