scissors and comb
back to school

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The school year is starting and you want to look as sharp as your children. Add flair to your hair with these easy, updated styles so you feel like a modern mom -- not a Stepford wife.

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One to two weeks before school starts, visit your hairdresser and get a trim or a new cut altogether. If you color your hair, have your roots done or ask for highlights that blend into your natural color in case you don't have time to get to the salon once school starts. At home, deep condition your hair with a product like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($7, One multitasking tip for time challenged moms is to wash your hair in the sink and then apply deep conditioner and pull into a bun. Then proceed with any chores so you can moisturize your hair while you clean the house!

Pixie cut

Pixie cut

If simplicity is your style and you have the cheekbones to pull it off, ask your hairdresser to give you a perfect cropped 'do. Try a style that has slightly longer layers on top, so you can vary your style, from adding texture or slicking it back. For easy styling, keep a pomade on hand such as Got 2b Playful Texturizing Creme Pomade ($6,

Bombshell glam

Bombshell glam

Voluminous hair makes you feel sexy and smart in the morning. To style this look, start with un-washed hair and part in the middle. Take a 2-inch curling iron and wrap large sections around your head, pinning each up to cool for five minutes. When you are done, take the pins out and flip your head upside down. Finish with hairspray and shine spray, such as TRESemme Smooth No Frizz Shine Spray ($5,

Textured bob

Textured bob

Ask your hairdresser for a layered bob. To style at home, create a center part and spray a texture-enhancer such as Beyond the Zone The Scruncher ($7, throughout hair. Next, blow dry with a vented brush. This style also works with long hair to create a retro glam look.

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