What’s more important than Mom Hair? Just about everything.
Recently The New York Times published Mom Hair: It Exists. Now What to Do About It.
Ashley Astrew responded in Scary Mommy with this great commentary:
“I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of having the word “mom” continually used as a synonym for uncool, unflattering, unhip, and sexless.”
I’m sick of that too.
But mostly I’m sick of the fact that after all women are accomplishing in our culture- raising families, running corporations, rocking professional sports, pushing babies out of their freaking vaginas– we’re still being judged first and foremost on our appearance.
Did I mention that this is a real article? Published in the New York fucking Times?
I guess you could say it’s comforting in a way, to know what is expected of us as women. I mean my daughter first started hearing negative comments on her weight at 18 months old, I’d hate to have her grow up thinking that she gets a free pass on body shaming just because she grew a human being in her uterus for nine months.
I have mom hair, been rocking it since the 9th grade.
That’s almost before the internet friends. And I don’t care. To celebrate other women who don’t give a shit what you think of their hair, I asked some friends to stop by and show their #momhairdontcare photos.
Stacey owns a massage therapy practice and is mom to Grayson, 2, and Susanna, 1. These days she mostly concerned with finding out where the cancer cells in her body may be coming from, but she really appreciates your concern about her hairstyle! You can Go Fund Stacey here. Who knows, maybe she and her family can set aside some of the funds for hair extensions, so much more flattering!
Laura is a military wife and mom to Marielle, 5, Adelynn, 3, and Genevieve, 6 months. A lot of the time she is busy thinking about important things like her husband’s safety and security while defending our country, orchestrating multiple moves across the country and keeping three kids alive, but by all means please judge her by her hair.
Amy is high school guidance counselor and mom to Caroline, 6, and Johanna, 5. While she doesn’t have the typical mom hair, she is SUPER excited that she will now be able to help young women find their most flattering/camouflaging hairstyle in addition to helping them discover their passions and follow their dreams. You go shape the future Mrs. Olson!
Jamie works full time at a private college and is mom to Maggie, 6, and Elsey 3. In her spare time she is – wait for it- a hair stylist! After reading the New York Times article, Jamie says she is most certainly going to shame her clients into longer, more time consuming hairstyles. That is a stylist’s job right? No? Huh. Weird.
Jessi is a Plexus Ambassador and mom to Emma, 8, and Lyla, 6. She also somehow manages to keep 6-8 kids alive every day at her in home daycare. That’s 6-8 kids who aren’t even related to her y’all. She generally prefers a ponytail to the classic mom cut, but nonetheless, both her Plexus team members and the children in her care agree that she would be a much more effective leader if she would just try a little harder, you know. Jessi has already made an appointment to update her look with Jamie and plans on waking up just a bit earlier in the morning to make that extra effort.
This one is actually me. I was sitting outside this morning enjoying a quiet cup of coffee before rushing into work and motherhood. Until I took this picture and thought, “Ugh, my day was just totally ruined by the fact that I don’t have long enough layers to cover up these crow’s feet.”
Got mom hair? Or any kind of hair at all? Or absolutely no hair, but still think women should be judged on something just a little more important than a hairstyle? Good news: you’re in the right place! Thanks for stopping by Beer and Junk and please comment below or even leave your own #momhairdon’tcare photo!