Mommy's Makeover Scares Toddler

Filed under: Celeb Parents

Here's a typical mom fantasy: A morning TV show offers you a complete makeover, managed by a team of high-end beauty experts. You arrive at the studio looking wan and tired and mom-ish, and hours later you look just like Katie Holmes!

Great, right? Sure, except for the part about how your kids hate your new look.

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    Heather Mills
    The ex- Mrs. Paul McCartney, 40, recently showed off a chic new bottle-blond pixie. "I hope now this is a fresh beginning," she said.

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    Jessica Alba
    Jessica Alba recently lost her long locks in favor of a more Honor-friendly mom do. But even this practical wash-and-go look retains Alba's trademark sexy waves.

    Jennifer Garner
    Jennifer Garner's sleek locks prove that simple is still chic. To get Jennifer's look, pull growing out bangs under longer layers and anchor with a bobby pin; keep makeup clean and fresh.

    Kate Winslett
    Keep hair soft and natural, like Kate Winslett. Air dry wavy hair, scrunching with your hand, for slightly shaped waves. Don't fuss too much with this, though -- just let your hair do it's thing.

    Courtney Cox
    Want a little more structure in your curls? Take a page from Courtney Cox and roll damp hair in velcro rollers; air dry, fluff with your fingers, and you're off to playgroup. So easy.

    Brooke Shields
    No time to shower? Brooke Shields shows you how to work second (or third) day hair. Spritz roots with a dry shampoo and slide on a skinny headband; tease the crown for a fun retro look. Easy and practical and still a little glam.

    Reese Witherspoon
    Reese's sassy layered bob is a classic Mom Cut -- simple and unfussy, but still totally stunning. Best for thick, straight hair, this cut can be air dried until it's just damp; finish with a blast from the hairdryer to seal the cuticle and give it shine.

    Victoria Beckham
    No time to style? No worries! Pair Posh's spiky pixie cut with some big sunglasses and you're out the door. Use a wax or pomade to spike the edges, or just let a good night's sleep take care of it for you.

    Kate Hudson
    A ponytail is a classic mom-on-the-go look; dress yours up by imitating Kate Hudson's look. Pull your pony low on your neck and leave some chunky pieces in the front to frame your face. Twirl the front pieces around a curling iron for a little extra definition.

    Liv Tyler
    Instead of the ubiquitous pony tail, opt for a bun -- Liv Tyler's not-so-perfect updo is absolutely perfect for busy moms. Use your fingers, rather than a brush, to comb hair back; secure with an elastic and bobby pins. Slick on some lip gloss and you're set.

That's exactly what happened to Lindsay Ephgrave this week. The 28-year-old SAH mom was completely transformed by celebrity hairdresser Charles Worthington, who changed her long blond mop into a chic brown bob. Ephgrave was delighted, saying, "I don't look like me. I look completely different. I love it."

Unfortunately, Ephgrave's 10-month-old son Charlie did not love his mom's new look. The poor baby burst into tears when he saw his mother, and began calling for his Mama. Apparently, Ephgrave was right -- she didn't look like herself.

I find this story hilarious (apart from little Charlie's sad crying) because no one in my house ever notices when I change my hair or my makeup or my clothes. Two summers ago I had a dye job that went awry and I came home from the salon with orange hair. Orange! My kids didn't even notice. The next day, a different stylist dyed my orange hair dark brown (I am naturally a dark blond). Still, no one said a word. To this day my kids swear they don't remember either the orange or brown hair (which I kept for quite a long time). I cannot even fathom how that can be true, but whatever.

The upside is that I style myself however I want and my boys don't say a word. That's a good thing.

What about your kids -- do they ever criticize your look? Or cry about a new hair do?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.