By all accounts, it rose to fame in the ‘80s. Kate Gosselin made it infamous in John and Kate Plus Eight. Then Saturday Night Live made fun of it. Some us have tried it—and hated it. Some of us (myself included) celebrate it daily. What is it, you ask? It’s the Mom Cut.
*Cue dramatic music*
The Mom Cut typically describes a haircut a woman gets either right before or right after she has a baby. If the phrases “graduated bob” or “A-line” sound familiar, you probably have one. But I’m here to stand up for all us ladies who said ta-ta to top knots and so long to shag. I proudly chopped off 12 inches—and donated it to Locks of Love—three months before my son was born. I’ve never looked back. The mom cut may be a subject of comedy gold, but for some of us? It’s a way of life. These are my top tips (and fun facts!) about the mom cut—and why it works!
The 3-minute fix.
That’s about how long it takes me to fix my hair in the morning. Really. However, in an effort at full disclosure, I have a pixie cut. If you follow the traditional definition of mom cut, this is a little shorter than the usual. If you have a short bob, long bob or A-line, it may take a little bit longer to blow dry using a round brush. Still, you’re getting back precious minutes that can be spent on more important things like explaining to a two-year-old why the dog ate all his pacifiers.
Styles for days.
Just because it’s short doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Depending on the style you like, you can use a little bit of gel, mousse, pomade, dry shampoo, volume booster, etc. to get a different look.
Typically, a short hairstyle will cost less. I do, however, highly recommend going with a stylist who has experience with short cuts. Going short can go so wrong—and nobody wants to see (or wear) that.
Take it easy.
While some of us like to grab life by the horns and go full on Sinéad O’Connor, I recommend taking a gradual approach before getting the shortest cut possible. If you have really long hair, like I did, maybe start with a shoulder-length bob, then work up to an under-the-ears bob, then an A-line, then full-on pixie. Or just stick with whichever length you feel most comfortable. A word of caution, though: There is a weird length when you can’t put it in a ponytail and it’s always touching your face. That’s not a great place to be. It makes for a grumpy mama.
Growing it out.
You can always grow it out. Trust me. I actually got the “mom cut” well before I was a mom. In 2008, I had just gotten married, and I decided to chop it all off. It felt great, and I loved it. But I also grew it all back before cutting it again in 2014 when the kiddo came along. It takes a little time, but as they say, nothing is forever.
Basically, my recommendation is that you do you and do what makes you feel most comfortable. If that means getting the mom cut—whether you’re a mom or not—then wear it loud and proud!