There are lots of options for cute and sexy mom haircuts or hairstyles. These cuts go far beyond the basic and somewhat bland short cuts that became the trademark mom hair of a generation.
The Kate Gosselin
The top of any mom cut list has to contain an homage to the mom who had a haircut named after her. A sensible mom should avoid the spiky mini-mohawk portion of Kate’s classic ‘do, but the face framing layers of the short bob in the front coupled with good highlights was practical and professional looking.
Bangs with Long Hair
Bangs with long hair are favored by celebrity mom Jennifer Garner, and they are a very good option for any mom who wants to maintain longer hair but finds the front pieces proverbially tucked behind the ear or thrown back in a ponytail to keep them out of the face while being active. Moms with gaunter faces may opt out of this option, as it can lead to a haggard look on more distinctive faces.
A Shaggy Bob
For a brief moment several years ago, photos surfaced of Faith Hill at an awards show rocking a shaggy bob. She was blasted for her “mom” cut, but it was a trendy look at the time, while also being an easily managed short hairstyle. A shaggy bob can be dressed up easily with a good hair dryer and a texturizing product for a night out, but it can also be left untreated while at home for a laid back look with oomph.
For women who want more body, a perm is a great option. My own mother compensated for having thinner hair by keeping it permed throughout my time at home. A salon perm on the right hair type does not have to be high-maintenance to look good.
Moms who do not want to sacrifice the length of their hair, but who find it hard to style without a lot of time, should invest in a salon appointment dedicated to getting lots of long layers cut into their hair to give it body and shape without an arsenal of product. Maintenance appointments will help keep the cut fresh.
Remember Victoria Beckham when she was still Posh Spice? For a time she rocked a very sharp, blunt bob that she has also worn in recent years but at a shorter, more severe angle. A contoured short bob is low key for around the house but can be transformed into a sleek look in a few minutes with a flat iron and hairspray.
Short Hair with Angled Bangs
Younger moms should consider getting a shoulder length layered cut with bangs cut into their hair with a decided part and down at an angle. These can be brushed over to create a long layered look, or they can be curled under with an iron to evoke a more trendy look.
Gwyneth Paltrow has had a number of remarkable hairstyles, but her best one recently was seen in promo appearances for Iron Man 2. Her shoulder length cut featured light layering, but its real hallmark was soft waving. The light layers will work for home, and a curling iron can add a dynamic edge in mere moments by creating subtle waves in the shorter style.
For moms with longer hair, Angelina Jolie can serve as inspiration. Many paparazzi photos show that her hair is basically long and layered waves when she isn’t being groomed for a picture or the red carpet. Women with naturally wavy hair only need to have it layered to create the lightness needed to accentuate them well, while women with straighter hair may wish to have a body wave process or use larger two-inch rollers in their hair.
For moms with good bone structure, there are few short haircuts more perfect than a classic pixie cut a la Audrey Hepburn. The pixie provides lots of textures, demonstrates a boldness within the wearer and offers a low-maintenance way to look great.