My Children Are My Hairdressers! 10 Tips for the Temporarily Incapacitated Mom

Lisa Cherry —  August 30, 2012

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By Lisa Cherry

My recent rotator cuff surgery has left me unable to use my dominant right arm for those simple things we take for granted…like fixing my hair.

I have gained a new respect for those with disabilities and a new respect for eldercare! But for us moms who might have to temporarily deal with inconveniences, I have a great tips list...

1. Hairdressing truly is an art. Some have a talent for it… Some don’t.

2.  When someone says "That looks fine, mom" may not be true!    Keep in mind viewpoints of those of a different gender or age, and those who are simply in a hurry.

3. I’ve been told “You should just leave it natural; that's what I do." That advice is probably not best for the fine-haired, middle-age woman.

4. Curling irons wound too tightly can burn the scalp.

5.  Teaching the use of a curling iron is a lot like teaching geometry. Visualization and abstract reasoning are required. Select your students wisely.

6.  Explain thoroughly the dynamics of a curling iron to your student before he or she attempts to style your hair. When rolled backwards a curling iron produces odd hair indentations and crimps at intervals around your head....which leads to the need for number 7:

7. Always sit in front of a mirror to assess your hairdresser’s work while it is in progress. Do not wait until he or she thinks the styling is complete.

8.  The placement of bobby pins is also an art. Men know nothing about it, or about curling irons for that matter. (I discovered this recently one Sunday morning when I found myself alone with Doug as my only pre-church helper.) so.......

9.  Rearrange your own personal shower schedule to match the availability of your most gifted hairdresser.

10.  Consider the whole adventure a spiritual tool to conquer vanity…which of course you've been trying to help your teenager with all these years.  tweet  Don’t forget that

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30

Have you had to manage life without one of your usually dependable capacities?  How did you do it?  Please leave a comment and let me know.

Check out the previous posts in this series:

Linking to:

Beautiful Thursdays

Faith Filled Friday

Thrive @ Home Thursday

Feminine Friday

Homemaking Link-Up

Friday Favorite Things at Finding Joy

Encourage One Another

 Hearts 4 HomeJust for Fun Fridays

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Here we are ready for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s a tradition here at Frontline Moms.

We spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant that we decided we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter-in-law Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this.

So please link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see.  Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun crafts
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories of your family

We also hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.

  • Mindy @ New Equus

    How cool that your kids are there to help! Shows how much they love their mama and what a good example she is! 😉

  • Kimberly

    OK - I read highlights but will definitely go back and read it all.


    THAT WAS SO FUNNY! I have a teenage daughter who wants to learn how
    to use a curling iron...I needed those lessons before we begin our
    hairdresser training sessions.


    Thank you so much! I'm still laughing

  • Lynne

    Your kids are doing a great job!  Thanks for a great post.

  • Jenni Mullinix

    Ha! Love this... Thanks for sharing with the Thrive @ Home community!

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