I’m thinking about taking the plunge and getting an easy hairstyle that doesn’t require as much maintenance as my long locks, but here’s the thing: I don’t want a mum cut. You know, a boring style that looks like I’ve totally given up. The more I look around, though, even chic, young, kid-free women are showing off easy hairstyles that would totally work better than my long locks.

As I approached my ninth month of pregnancy with Baby #2, I thought really long and hard about the classic mummy move of chopping all your hair off. Self-conscious about my shoulders and ears, I held off and have been wearing it long in a tangled mess, or half-back in a partial mom-bun, for months. But half the time my tresses end up with coffee, spit-up, stray mascara, or juice in them. And the other half of the time it takes a lot of work to make my long hair look cute.

It turns out, there are a lot of easy hairstyles that actually look cool. See my favourites and decide which one is best for you.