Beyonce says she's a low-maintenance mum
New mother Beyonce cuts her own hair... Is it impossible to retain your glam after baby arrives?
With armies of stylists, babysitters and personal assistants, it’s easy for celeb mums to continue looking their best.
But one of the world’s most glamorous women, Beyonce, claims she’s eased up on her beauty regime since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy in January.
The stunning singer who was crowned the world’s most beautiful woman in the new issue of ‘People’ magazine yesterday, says she’s ditched her expensive hair stylist and taken matters into her own hands.
“I recently cut two inches myself - I just parted it in the middle and chh-chh-chh!,” she quipped in an interview with the US magazine.
The ‘Crazy in Love’ singer, who explained she had an fresh eyebrow wax, a mani and pedi and her hair done just before going into labour, added that she has hung up her stilettos since becoming a mother as well.
“I never thought there would be a day when I wouldn’t wear heels,” she confessed.
“Now that I have a child, I walk around holding her all day, I’m buying loafers and oxfords. I love them because they’re comfortable, and shorter heels too.
“[ Husband Jay-Z] loves it when I wear flat shoes, which is surprising - he never saw me in flats before! He likes me more natural - just more relaxed, natural me.”
If one of the world’s most glamorous women says she’s had to tone down her beauty regime since giving birth, how can ‘normal’ mums handle the stresses of looking foxy rather than frumpy with a screaming baby demanding all your time?
For South African expat and mum of two, Lorey Fenton, it’s all about making your beauty regime more manageable. She says she’s had to learn how to look glam without spending hours in the bathroom each morning.
She explains: “I used to spend quite a bit of time blow drying my hair each day and making sure my make-up was perfect, but now I only have the time and energy to put on very minimal make-up - just enough to not scare everyone away! I also have the Brazilian Keratin hair straightening treatment done so that I don’t have to blow dry my hair anymore - it saves so much time.
“I used to go for weekly manicures, pedicures and massages but now that I have two kiddies I am lucky to go once a month. But I’ve learned that Shellac nail polish lasts about two weeks and doesn’t chip which is great if you can’t go to the salon often.”
For British expat, advertising executive Amy Cuthbert it’s about working out where your priorities lie. She says with a five-year-old son and another baby on the way, she just doesn’t have the money for expensive beauty products.
She says: “I have stopped spending as much on myself - especially on clothes. I used to indulge on designer clothes but no longer. I also used to buy high-end beauty products but now I use Body Shop.
“I want to give my little boy the best so I cut back on myself.”
Sometimes mums just need a bit of time to look after themselves however, says British expat and mum to 21-month-old Daisy, Cheryl King.
It helps if you have a devoted partner to hold the fort while you get your hair done.
She explains: “Of course it gets more difficult when you have a baby and it takes time to adjust but it can be done. Me and Daisy have fun when I do my make-up because she always tries to help me and put it on herself. If you’re quite high maintenance and like looking good like I do, you have to work around it and manage it. I still have hair appointments, that’s what my husband is there for - to babysit while I’m away of course!”