Is "Mom Hair" A Thing, Or, You Know, Sexism?

A new "trend" is stirring controversy.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

You've heard of mom jeans and now there's mom hair. According to the New York Times, there is an actual trend of moms wearing short, often unflattering hair "that should read sleek but is inescapably frumpy."

Juan Carlos Maciques, a stylist at the Rita Hazan salon in Manhattan, says he sees the dismal look often. “The first thing new moms want to do is cut their hair off. They’re feeling lousy about their bodies, and they just want to get some sense of self again. But, usually, to cut off your hair is a big mistake.”

Some women point to hormonal changes as affecting hair. Dermatologist Francesca Fusco says women may experience hair shedding anywhere from four to six months after giving birth. “It can be really scary because it may feel like it’ll never stop. But for the most part, the situation will correct itself. You just have to stick with it.”

TV moms like Mrs. Brady or Claire on Modern Family have rocked mom hair but not every real-life mom is on board with the idea. The trend story has received backlash from some who see it as shaming. The Chicago Tribune called it a "mean-spirited" and a "daily reminder that your sex appeal is a thing of the past." A writer from Cosmo says that being a mom doesn't have to drastically change to your appearance: "When you have a baby you are just you. But with a baby. You don't stop being you."​

What do you think of "mom hair"?

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