Mommy Up-Do

Mommy Up-Do

You know you are a mom if you can answer yes to any of these:

a) you are in the phase where long hair and jewelry fall victim to grabby baby hands
b) having your hair down is pretty much reserved for date night or girls night out
c) your long locks don’t typically survive a day filled with work, school, kids activities, dinner, chores & cleaning

I’ve been cruising magazines and Pinterest for cute and easy ways to sweep my long hair up and keep it there: all. day. long. I do not have time for a redo so I need it to stay put (let’s be real – I don’t really have time to do it in the first place, but I like to believe the one big, long-lasting effort in the morning saves me time through the day).  I know the easy answer would be to cut my hair.  But, you know what? I don’t want to.  I like my long hair, it makes me feel youthful and pretty, and, for whatever reason, when I have cut my hair short it has always seemed to look like a “mom bob”, even long before I had kids.  And here is a secret I have discovered about mommy hairdos:

We get points just by looking like we tried!!!

It’s true.  Run around town with your kiddo(s) sporting anything other than a sloppy ponytail or down-but-haggard hair and I promise you are getting props without even knowing it!  Practice on others: check out the moms that look like they made an effort and I bet you are drawn to the overall look but aren’t even all that focused on the specific glory of the hair-do intricacies.  So, without further ado, here are some mom-tested and approved up-dos:

High Bun: Ever trendy and always practical, the high bun gets hair off the back of your neck and is even out of the way for drive-time (it should just barely miss the headrest).  Whether you are rocking the messy high bun or making it polished, the key is bobby pins (or my personal favorite, the Spin Pin by Goody).  Choose either clear rubber bands or a color that matches your hair (same goes for the bobby/spin pins).


  1. Messy Bun: Start with your hair in a very high ponytail and get creative with your pinning
  2. Smooth Bun: Start with your hair in a very high ponytail (secured in a rubber band); twist hair as you wrap it in a circle (think cinnamon roll); help secure the bun in place by placing a rubber band around the bun; use bobby pins or spin pins to pin the bun in place, making sure the rubber band is covered underneath.  Voila – ballerina beautiful!

Bubble Ponytail: It doesn’t get any easier than this…and it’s cute!
Instructions: pull your hair up into a high ponytail (secured in a rubber band); add as many rubber bands and as far apart as you prefer down the length of the ponytail; pull the hair gently between each rubber band to “bubble” out to the degree that you like best.  Done – and took approximately 1 minute longer than just a plain old ponytail!

Upside Down French Braid Bun: This is my current fave because it’s so pretty and stays so secure. It’s the most time-consuming of the three and is a little tricky to do yourself, but I’ve found I have become more efficient and proficient every time I do it.  If you have a friend who can do it for you then this is a cinch! (I have farfetched dreams of teaching my husband to french braid under the premise that it will come in handy when our daughter is older & that I can be sworn to supreme secrecy of his new-found talent…oh, guess blogging about it won’t help my cause much!)

Part I: Flip your head upside down and start a french braid at the nape of your neck (*note: if you let your fingers braid the way that feels most natural the braid will be inside out (a cornrow style braid), so maneuvering in the opposite way will create a true french braid); french braid all the way up to the top of the back of the head and then regular braid the rest of the hair to the ends.
Part II: The front portion of you hair should not be included in the braid so you can either french braid or regular braid it all the way to the ends.
Part III: Now take the two braids and twist them into a bun; use bobby pins or spin pins to secure into place, just like you would with the high bun above.
Magic complete!  I like to pair my braided masterpiece with an intentionally casual outfit (torn denim, yoga pants, etc) so that I don’t look like I’m trying to go to the prom.

So, my longhaired beauties, try some of these on for size, share your favorite up-dos, and flaunt those long manes fiercely!