I have a horrible, horrible confession to make. As much as I love fashion and beauty, I haven’t been to a hair salon in 20 months. 20 months! That wasn’t a typo.

Between chasing around two rambunctious kiddos and building a house, upkeep on my hair has been one of the last things on my mind. A couple of weeks ago I caught a glimpse of my bedraggled mane in the mirror and gasped (just a little). My hair was Split End City, and there were bits of silvery grey strands poking through at alarming intervals (yes, I’m 30 and I have grey hair… it’s a brunette’s curse).

Thankfully, I had heard many excited mentions of a lovely beauty salon and spa called Time Out Beauty Retreat in our little city of Spruce Grove that has… wait for it… childcare! Yes. They watch the babies while you melt in pampered bliss in a completely separate room. They offer all kinds of salon and spa services from hair cuts, to pedicures and massages. I knew I had to go!

Time Out Beauty Retreat - Spruce Grove Salon & Spa With Childcare

Time Out Beauty Retreat is tucked away in a quiet corner south of the tracks in Spruce Grove. The decor was lovely, and I was pleasantly surprised at all of the large climbing blocks and fun toys they had in their generously sized playroom!

Time Out Beauty Retreat Spruce Grove - Salon & Spa With Childcare

(Don’t you love Baby A’s little wave?)

Childcare is complementary at your first visit and only a small hourly fee after that!

I was treated like a queen with an array of magazines, a movie, a latte and a snack during my visit. Plus, I got to gaze at this pretty chandelier!

Time Out Beauty Retreat Spruce Grove - Salon & Spa With Childcare

Alysha was my stylist, and I can’t say enough good things about her.

Time Out Beauty Retreat Spruce Grove - Salon & Spa With Childcare

She was a blast to chat with, and she had so many great suggestions on how to beautify my deflated mom-hair. I completely trusted her.

How To Add Body to Long, Fine Hair - The DIY Mommy

This is my sad and bedraggled “before” self. I needed body in my fine and lifeless hair, and obviously a nice dye job to add some pizazz to my ‘do.

How To Add Body to Long, Fine Hair - The DIY Mommy

After Alysha got her hands on me? I’m thrilled! It’s still long (like I wanted – so that I can easily put it up on the crazy days) and she managed to add so much vibrancy and body to it. Plus, she pulled some secret tricks on me to give my impossible-to-plump fine hair a boost of body. Should I spill the beans?

How To Add Body to Long, Fine Hair - The DIY Mommy

Here were some of Alysha from Time Out Beauty Retreat‘s tips on how to add body to long, fine hair:

  • have your hair cut in long layers to provide movement and frame the face
  • try having small, shorter layers (they’re quite short in my hair!) cut underneath either side of your part; they help lift the longer layers when you style your hair
  • use a volumizing powder at the roots on your crown after you blow dry (I used and bought Powder Puff by Kevin Murphy)
  • it’s OK to back-comb your hair daily, and here’s how:
    • use slow, gentle strokes and a fine-toothed comb and backcomb a few inches of hair starting at the roots
    • backcomb the crown, then the sides, and join them together with finishing comb strokes (so you don’t have a crazy-obvious back-combed lump at the back of your head)
    • comb your hair out gently at the end of the day

I used my volumizing powder and new back-combing skills yesterday and I was happy with the results. I felt like I didn’t have to work half as hard as I did before to make my fine mommy hair look fab!

Thanks, Time Out Beauty Retreat, for fixing my ‘do and giving me 3 1/2 hours of childless relaxation. It was so needed!

If you have fine hair like I do, what are your tips to make it work for you?

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Time Out Beauty Retreat. The views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.)