Fake it Fabulous: 11 Super Easy Hair Hacks for Busy Mums


Being a parent can mean being pulled in a million directions. We get it.  Your to-do list is as long as your arm and there’s no chance of having time to reach for the straightener, let alone get to a salon.

Well, what’s a girl to do?

Mumma, take it from us, a strong hair game is literally smoke and mirrors. Fake it ‘til you make it with these ultra-simple and game changing hair hacks.

We’ve compiled 11 of the best, specifically chosen for busy mums. We promise there’s not a 35-minute braid, salon-only product or style you need more-arms-than-Henry-the-Octopus to execute in sight… this is 11 easy hair hacks for mums!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”1. Banish Pesky Fly-Aways with a Toothbrush!”]

Want to get those annoying fine hairs secured into an ultra-groomed looking pony or upstyle? Reach for a toothbrush! A little bit of hairspray onto the bristles, sweep over the offending strands and your hair will last, in place, the whole day long. It works because the toothbrush grabs the tiniest of hairs that a regular hairbrush just can’t catch. Too easy.

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Source: My Style Bell

[mc_block_title custom_title=”2. Lighten Your Colour to Help Manage Greys”]

Does having kids really turn your hair grey? Who knows!? It certainly can feel that way! But if you’re struggling with silvers it might be time to consider lightening your base colour. Not quite ready for a huge change? Highlights are a great way to help those dreaded greys blend in and ward off the Cruella-Deville-look. You can even try an at home highlighting kit like Clairol Frost & Tip which is a budget and kid-friendly solution!

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Source: Clairol

[mc_block_title custom_title=”3. Be a Tease”]

Yep, the ponytail is the unofficial hair uniform for busy mums. This good old upstyle has solved dirty hair problems and no-time challenges for years. Want to take it from flat to fabulous? A little teasing around your crown with a fine comb (or toothbrush) will add height and achieve a much more finished look. Perfect for day time or evening, pump up the volume for a glam twist on your go-to style.

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Source: Target Style

[mc_block_title custom_title=”4. Acquaint Yourself with Dry Shampoo”]

Haven’t had time to wash your hair today? Heck, some of us haven’t had time all week! The difference between greasy limp locks and looking like you’ve just stepped out of the shower you never had? Dry shampoo. There’s a stack of different ones on the market now including clever colour matched choices. It’s even sold in your local supermarket. A quick spray of your roots, a gentle fluff with your fingers and you’re fresh as a daisy. Yep, you just met your new hair BFF.

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Source: Marie Claire

[mc_block_title custom_title=”5. Add Shine to Dull Locks With a Quick Permanent Colour”]

Many women complain their post baby hair is thinner and less lustrous. Whilst your hair should improve again over time (once that hormone influx is done reeking it’s havoc!) you can shortcut your way to glossy locks again. A colour can be used as a masque to achieve instant gloss. This will add both shine and conditioning, and with darker colours even create the illusion of thicker hair. Don’t be scared to try an at home colour, like Clairol Nice’n Easy, the latest technology is amazing for adding radiance, softness and brilliance with a super natural look!

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[mc_block_title custom_title=”6. Tame Your Frizz with a Satin Pillow Case”]

If you often wake up like you’ve put your finger in the power socket, here’s why! Your regular poly-cotton pillow case creates friction with your hair – and voila, scarecrow! If you want to stretch an extra day or two out of a blow dry, buying yourself a satin pillowcase is your answer. With reduced friction, you’ll wake up smoother and with less wild hair. Bonus – some beauty experts claim satin pillow cases also reduce wrinkles. Umm, I’ll take two!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”7. Fake It (Full and Lush!)”]

When you see celebs on the red carpet with ultra-gorgeous, ultra-full ponytails you might think they’re wearing extensions. Most likely they’ve hacked their hair with this super easy trick that literally (to-the-eye) doubles how much hair you’ve got. It’s as easy as one, two, three… here’s how…

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[mc_block_title custom_title=”8. Touch Up Your Own Roots in Less Than 10 Minutes!”]

Getting to the salon with little kids can be mission impossible. If your roots are looking more Orange is the New Black (AKA like you’ve just done 12 months inside) than you’d like, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Root maintenance can be done at home in less than 10 minutes. Clairol Root Touch Up lasts three weeks and covers 100% of greys. You can actually buy it in your local supermarket or even online. That’s one episode of Peppa well spent.

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[mc_block_title custom_title=”9. Style Yourself Gorgeous with 5-Minute Boho Babe Waves”]

If you’re heading out and you’d love to create those on-trend beach waves here’s a clever hack to make it happen quick smart. Plait your hair like normal and then squeeze your straightener over the top of the plait helping the hair to set with natural texture. It’s a great way to save-the-day when you’ve no time to properly execute a full styling effort!

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Source: Iny Miny

[mc_block_title custom_title=”10. Use a Colour Changing App to ‘Be Sure’ Before You Try Anything Drastic“]

Okay it’s not quite a physical hair hack but it’s a life-saver. Always fancied yourself with Jessica Rabbit style flaming red? Or Gwen Stefani’s platinum tresses? Save yourself a lot of guess work (and potential hair regret!) with a genius hair colour trialling app. Clairol My Shade is your golden ticket to trying #allthecolours before you change a thing. Download it now, thank us later.

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Source: Clairol

[mc_block_title custom_title=”11. Next Level Your Mummy Bun”]

Take your go-to mummy bun to dramatic new heights with a bun donut. Whether you like it smooth and sleek or messy and casual, the inclusion of a filler is the bigger, better answer! It takes 30 seconds more than your usual styling but we promise you, this is 30 times the look. There’s a reason why you see the Kardashians, Jessica Simpson and many other celebs dressed down but sporting donut buns – it elevates your look immediately!


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Source: Blue Maize

So, that’s it! 11 easy hair hacks for busy mums. Here’s to good hair days… or faking it until they come. Shhhhhh. We won’t tell if you don’t! 

This has been a sponsored post for Clairol Nice’n Easy. 

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Mother-of-two. Tea lover. Lego Ninja. Expert in carpet Play Dough extraction. Victoria Louis is a 30-something writer based in Sydney, NSW. A former marketing manager who loves to laugh there’s no topic she won’t explore. Victoria is full of opinion, big on kindness and believes the day is always better with a dash of lipstick.

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