The following is a guest post from momAgendaCOMM blogger Nicole Feliciano.
When it comes to keeping up with appearances, it’s likely you’ve heard all the excuses–and probably used most of them…
• I’m too tired
• It’s too expensive
• It doesn’t matter now that I’m a mom
• Who am I trying to impress anyway?
Well moms, I’m not here to let you off the hook. Here’s the truth: appearances do matter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that outward appearances rank higher than inner beauty, but hear me out on this one. Taking a little effort in one’s looks can go a long way toward making you a more confident and happy mama.
The good news: We’re not talking about instituting an hour-long, daily beauty regimen with expensive lotions and potions. Instead, we’re hoping that by scheduling time to enhance your image you’ll create a foundation to get up and go at a minute’s notice without having a hair and make-up panic attack.
First, let’s talk about the non-negotiable appointments:
Teeth cleaning 2x a year: Consider this an investment in your health. Gum disease and root canals will be expensive and take you away from your family. Every January and August I head to my dentist for a cleaning. Not only does this set a good example, but dinghy poorly cared for teeth can really age a mom.
Tip: We like Crest White Strips for a boost of brightening.
Haircut 4x a year: Don’t let your shaggy locks get the best of you. Even moms with the longest locks need a trim to tidy up the rough edges. No-nonsense short hair may take less time in the morning, but it will likely require a trim every 6 weeks.
Now it’s time to pick an option. When it comes to this next level of beauty, we’re not going to suggest you try to have it all. Pick one area that you plan to be fanatical about.
A La Carte:
Manicures: If you’ve got gorgeous hands a weekly manicure might be just the mommy time out you need to re-charge your batteries. This can cost as low as $20 a week.
Tip: Make it last and try a new gel manicure than can last up to a month!
Hair Coloring: Many moms are fighting grays or adding highlights on a regular basis. The key to this beauty regime is consistency. Nothing is worse than bad roots. If you can’t keep up this kind of maintenance then consider going au natural. This will cost anywhere from $30-$200 every 4-6 weeks.
Tip: Use a color-conditioning shampoo to preserve your color.
Spray Tan: Some moms swear by them as a mood elevator and a beauty boost. Don’t go overboard–orange is out, but do spray away if it’ll keep you from going after a suntan and skin damage the old-fashioned way. Cost is likely $40 and up, 4-6 times a year.
Tip: Buy a package to cut down on the expense.
Eyebrow Shaping: Well-shaped brows define the face and can make a sleepy mom look rested. Many salons will provide this service for $20 or less–a bargain when you consider how many women could really mess up their brows going it alone.
Tip: Try threading–a less-painful alterative to waxing.
Consider these appointments an investment in yourself, a tune up if you will. Making time for you is always a great investment.
Now it’s your turn. What are your “musts” when it comes to beauty?