5 Beauty Treatments You Can Kiss Goodbye Once You Have Kids

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beauty treatmentsMoms, I want you to think back for a moment. Way back. Back to before you had kids. Back to when weekends meant sleeping in. Back to when you could take 45 minutes to dry and style your hair -- just 'cause you felt like it. Seems like another life, doesn't it? Well, technically, it is. At least from a beauty stand-point. It isn't about you anymore -- and your glossing and your waxing and your straightening. No sirree. It's all about the kids. All the time.

Here are 5 beauty treatments that are probably nothing but a distant memory if you have kids. Moms-to-be, take note. And, hey, don't freak out. Kids>primping any day.

Taking a looong time to style your hair. Before I had my daughter, sometimes, when my husband and I were going out, I'd take my time getting ready. Do things leisurely. Especially when it came to my hair. I'd dry, then curl, then maybe even experiment with some half-up/half-down situation. Why not? Didn't have much else to do. Now? Hahahahaha! Now, it's tousle and go, or forgo the hairdryer altogether. Silver lining: My hair's never been healthier!

Manicures. Whether you DIY or go to the salon (ha), you can say bye to pretty colored fingies when you have a new baby. Unless you've got a solid chunk of time on your hands, odds are they're going to get smudged up. Also, if you have a teething baby who likes to put your fingers in her mouth (hi), you probably don't want her sucking on nail polish.

Long, luxurious showers. When my daughter was first born -- and when I knew she'd be asleep for a while -- showers were my thing. A self-proclaimed "shower-hater" before, I learned to look forward to a super long, relaxing shower each day. Not only because it was "me" time, but because I didn't have much else to do. When I went back to work, though, that all went out the window. Now my showers are lightening fast (if, um, at all), because if I'm not ready by the time my daughter wakes up, I leave the house looking like an insane person. Sorry, co-workers!

Monthly bikini waxes. Not to get all TMI here, but bikini waxes are expensive. And unless you're a Real Housewife, when you have a kid, getting them as frequently as you did in the past probably isn't the best use of your money. (Plus, razors aren't the worse thing in the world. [No, though, they're not as good as waxing.])

Any kind of frivolous beauty treatment. Okay, so all beauty treatments are kind of frivolous, but I'm talking about the really frivolous ones. I used to occasionally get my lashes dyed black (it really does look good!), and the thought of spending the money (around $35) or time (around 45 minutes) or so on something so ridiculous seems insane now. If I have the time, I'd rather be taking a nap.

What beauty treatments have you given up since having a kid(s)?


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nonmember avatar Maryah

Hmmmm, really? I still do all those things (except the last one, b/c I never did that in the 1st place) I LOVE my kids, & they are always my top priority, but I still take time for myself, b/c it's important to me. I know it sounds vain, but it makes me happy, & happy moms raise happy kids :D

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

Oh my gosh I have given up so very much! Both for financial reasons and time too. Since my kids were born pedicures have gone, so has wAxing bikini and brows. I held onto my highlights for a long time but then my daughter started preschool and dance and I decided to go natural. So there you go! I refuse to give up my makeup though, although I have succumbed to doing my mascara in the car. But I cannot live without my bb cream, concealer, mineral powder, lip stick, eye liner, brows colored in, and mascara. Bronzer ad blush too. I also have pretty easy hair. I wash it every few day but when I do I blow dry and straighten it. Then I can just go over it really quick with a blow dryer. I don't think I look that bad! Lol!

RMT1995 RMT1995

I agree with Maryah - I still get mani/pedis, massages, take long hot showers, go to the hair salon every 10 weeks .. some things may have to be put off a while, but saying you have to "kiss them goodbye" isn't true for most moms. I actually do these things more now than I did before I got married/had my daughter.

hello... hellokd87

I used to think that having kids meant giving up your looks almost altogether until we took my stepkids to a Pumpkin Patch a couple of months ago. I saw moms with perfect hair & makeup looking very stylish. Then again, they had like two kids at the most. But that restored my faith in looking good "post baby". That and the fact that my sweetheart is a doting father. I don't think he'd mind watching the kids if it meant letting me having 20 extra minutes primping & glamourizing!

ljpaszek ljpaszek

This is ridiculous. I do more of these things now than I did before my daughter. I am now pregnant with number 2 (coming Friday)and yeah I'm sure the first few months I won't be out gettin manicures etc but once things settle down I sure will be!! I hate articles like this.

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