Jennifer Garner may have coined a new beauty catchphrase yesterday in Los Angeles, when she presented an award to her longtime hairstylist, Adir Abergel. “He knows how to give me mussed-up, undone mom-chic,” she said, laughing. The actress was wearing a more polished version of the loose, beachy strands we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on her as she squires her three kids around town. But, we wondered, for mothers without stylists on call, what exactly defines mom-chic hair—and how do you get it? We asked four Vogue editors with children of their own to weigh in.
According to Vogue.com Managing Editor Alexandra Macon, a mother of two, it’s about channeling Angelina Jolie Pitt at the airport surrounded by kids—with easy, full-bodied waves. “It happens naturally, but it’s also a slightly disheveled look that you go for,” she says. “The key to mom-chic for me—and I think Angelina Jolie—is getting a blowout once a week and living in it for days.” Vogue’s Virginia Smith agrees that when you’re raising a family, a little effort goes a long way. “As with many mothers, my beauty routine is more defined by time and less about a statement,” she says, citing weekend Orlando Pita hair masks and Rodin oil treatments, instead of a strict daily regimen, as the tricks to keeping her mane in check. “Getting that out of the way allows me to have more time in the mornings to get my son off to school.” It’s a tactic we suspect might also be used by Sienna Miller, whose no-fuss, bohemian blonde changed little with the birth of her daughter, Marlowe.
“You definitely wash your hair less and get more of that texture,” says Vogue.com Culture Writer Patricia Garcia, who gave birth to her first daughter last year. “But for me, it’s about a high ponytail that’s a little mussed in the front—anything long and loose and my daughter will try to eat it.” Mom-chic hair, it seems, is about the effortless, undone feel that’s a runway and street style hit—a look that comes naturally to many moms, who clearly have more important things to fuss over. And given that Kate Moss’s loose center-parted waves and Lily Aldridge’s windswept strands look equally good on the catwalk and with kids in tow, Vogue.com Executive Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham wonders why we make the distinction at all.
“I think it’s a disservice to moms,” she says, “because it’s alluding to the idea that moms have messed-up hair, even when it’s a polished look.” Judging by these 11 mothers, we’d say that mom-chic might be just plain chic after all.
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