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The Real Reason Beyoncé Cut Her Hair Short?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Beyonce short haircutAnything Queen B does makes news, but when Beyoncé unexpectedly chopped off all of her long, signature locks the internet nearly broke down! You could say Bey was going for shock value (it did make headlines!), or just a more sophisticated look. But I think all moms and moms-to-be know the real reason she decided to do an extreme makeover, a blunt blonde pixie—which I absolutely love! You just don’t have time for yourself once you have a baby so the less maintenance the better.

Lots of women experiment with a short ‘do while pregnant in anticipation of not having time to fuss with their unmanageable manes once baby arrives (I went the opposite route and just threw my hair in a ponytail 24/7). While you’re pregnant, you expect all of the changes to your body, but your hair goes through a pretty shocking metamorphosis too. Some women’s hair gets thicker and grows like a weed (like mine did—8 inches in 9 months!); others‘ hair gets noticeably thinner and can even start to come out in clumps.

I was at a photo shoot just yesterday with a celebrity who has a 3-year-old, and she was telling me that her hair is still frizzy post-pregnancy (an issue she never had pre-baby), and her stylist warned her that it could take up to four years to have your hair go back to normal after you have a baby. Who knew?!

So I think Beyoncé’s spontaneous cut (it was so spontaneous her longtime hairstylist reportedly didn’t even know about it till she saw the photos on Instagram!) actually has more to do with being a mom to toddler Blue Ivy, and all of the wacky changes her hair has gone through post-pregnancy, than her trying to make a style statement. That said, she has made one bold statement, highlighting her gorgeous face. I think she’s hotter than ever!

TELL US: Has Beyoncé inspired you to chop your locks? Do you think Beyoncé can make the “mom cut” chic?

Image of Beyoncé via Instagram.

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Birth Trend: Tans, Waxing and Makeovers (Oh My!)

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Spray tanning waxing blow outs pre-baby makeoversOf course you want your labor to go as smoothly as possible, but is it important for you to look good while actually pushing out your baby? Apparently it is for a growing number of women, according to the Daily Mail.

The new trend is to shell out bushels of bucks to look your absolute best before you go into labor, so you can guarantee an amazing post-birth photo op with your brand new baby. As if everyone will be looking at you in the photo!

While everyone in the article seems to have prepped to the hilt with French manicures and pedicures, highlights and blow outs, bikini and leg waxes, and spray tans, 29-year-old Heather wins for most high maintenance by actually applying another layer of self-tanner while in labor. Yes, while in labor! I’ve heard of  keeping busy to get your mind off of things (like pain), but that is crazy!

I think it’s a bit ridiculous to have a spray tanner, bikini waxer, nail technician and hair and makeup artist on high alert so they can bronze you, dehair your nether regions, paint your nails, add color to your pout and straighten your locks for what could be 24 hours or more of hard, painful labor!

While some say if you feel beautiful, you’re more confident, and therefore you’ll get through the labor pains easier, for me, a face full of makeup is the last thing I would have wanted since my birthing room was already a total sauna thanks to a bum air conditioner in the dead of summer. I assure you it wasn’t pretty!

I went into labor 10 days early, with my water breaking at 4 am, so I was not prepared whatsoever. My mani and pedi were chipped, my hair was a mess, and I was still wiping sleep from my eyes as I was in shock and wondering if what I thought just happened really did (Could I be dreaming?). But once I gathered my thoughts—and things—I knew I wanted to be completely comfortable for what could be a long wait at the hospital. I wore a loose sundress and flip flops with no makeup whatsoever (Heather, mind you, was in heels and full hair and makeup).

I admit, though, I see those first photos taken right after my son was born and the vain part of me thinks, “Jeeze, I look awful!” instead of concentrating on what an awe-inspiring experience it was to hold my son in my arms for the first time. I was absolutely elated, proud, and in love with this tiny little Buddah baby that would one day call me mom!

Sure, a part of me wishes I looked straight off of the red carpet rather than the treadmill in my very first photo with my little man, but I now know  from other moms that there is a happy medium between my carefree attitude and the makeover madness of other women. Some friends I know had the baby au naturale, but then had hair and makeup people come to the hospital for a post-birth touch up on the day the family was checking out of the hospital. It also served as a mini spa day for the mamas, and much needed pampering as their bundles of joy were getting all of their tests ran before they could be discharged anyway.

Waiting that extra day or two, mom and baby had a chance to bond, rest, and lose some of that blotchy coloring that comes with extreme labor pushes for mom, and the wild ride down the birth canal for baby. That way, they had their (possibly cringe-worthy, but emotional) first photos for family viewing only, and then the glamour shots that were sent to everyone. It’s the best of both worlds.

TELL US: Will you be getting a makeover before you give birth?

Image of mom and newborn courtesy of Shutterstock.

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