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6 Beauty Products to Avoid "Mom Hair"

I’ve been wanting to change up my hairstyle for awhile now, but as a young 20-something mom, I’m just not ready to chop off my hair in typical “mom hair” style. But having long hair means I typically twist it into a low-lying bun — especially on days when showering just doesn’t fit in my time frame — and it makes me feel so…frumpy. (Although that above three-bun hairstyle is a cute alternative.)

But this weekend I finally got my way-too-long hair trimmed just under my shoulders, adding layers and bangs for a little more style. And. I. Feel. So. Much. Better.

So my new goal? To wear my hair down more often, nixing my hair elastic habit. Of course I don’t have more time for daily blowouts, but I deserve to feel more beautiful. And as silly as it sounds, having pretty hair makes me feel beautiful. Here are 5 must-have products for faster, easier hair:

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  • Paul Mitchell ProTools Express Ionstyle Flat Iron 1 of 6
    Paul Mitchell ProTools Express Ionstyle Flat Iron
    Even when I wear my hair air-dried and wavy, I still need to straighten my bangs. I adore this Paul Mitchell flat iron (which I've been using since 2007 without a problem) because the Express Ion Complex straightens hair super fast, and it heats up in a matter of seconds.
  • Bumble and Bumbles Surf Spray 2 of 6
    Bumble and Bumbles Surf Spray
    For a tousled, textured look, Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray is a must-have.
  • Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm 3 of 6
    Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm
    Why do I love this smoothing balm? Because it's designed to make hair naturally dry way faster. A time-saving lifesaver.
  • Ouidad Botanical Boost 4 of 6
    Ouidad Botanical Boost
    If your wavy, frizz-prone hair isn't wash-and-go friendly, this is my absolute favorite trick: Ouidad Botanical Boost. Filled with botanicals, anti-oxidants and conditioning aloe, it gives even the most unmanageable hair a polished look without the need of a hair dryer.
  • Lulus Organic Hair Powder 5 of 6
    Lulus Organic Hair Powder
    The hardest part about wearing my hair down is the lengthy wash-and-dry process, which is why I love this talc-free hair powder. And unlike other dry shampoos and powders, this one is free of harsh, potentially dangerous chemicals. It's a tad on the expensive side at $30 a piece, but it lasts for years.
  • Bobby Pins 6 of 6
    Bobby Pins
    Since it isn't practical to wear my hair down every single day, using bobby pins makes quick up-do hairstyles look more chic — whether you're wrapping your hair around a ponytail holder or twisting your hair into buns.

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