Hype Chat: Tia Mowry Talks Son’s Haircare and Fully Embracing Her Natural Curls

tia-mowry-braids-hypehairInstant Mom actress Tia Mowry isn’t just playing a role. She’s a young, fun mom in real life.

The Nick at Nite comedy series recently wrapped its second season, where the 36-year-old has stolen the hearts of fellows mom and blended families with her role as Stephanie, a former party girl who becomes a full-time stepmom to three kids when she marries the more traditional Charlie (Michael Boatman).

While she’s currently not filming for the family show, Tia has opted for box braids, a protective style that shot up in popularity last year. However, she’s talking about more than just her new look. (She is woman, hear her roar!)

We recently caught up with the LA-based star to chat about how she’s blossomed since motherhood, how she maintains her 3-year-old son Cree’s natural curls, and what she loves doing when she lets her hair down. –Niki McGloster

Hype Hair: How similar are you to your character, Stephanie?

Tia Mowry-Hardict: She’s not the type of mom to completely let herself go, and I’m like that in real life. I look up to moms like Heidi Klum, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, all of these moms who haven’t completely lost who they are as a person after being a mom.

HH: Was there ever a point that you were losing your sense of being a woman, or did you transition easily into being a young, hip and chic mom?

TMH: The hardest transition is when you first have the baby and you’re extremely tired. I remember having to force myself to go out of the house because I was so overwhelmed. Sometimes you start feeling guilty like, maybe I need to go get my nails done, get a facial or just spend 20 minutes on my hair. But after Cree turned 1 and a half, I started to get my sexy back sexier than I was before. I really embraced being a woman. After you have a child you actually realize, if I can do that, I can do anything. Not only that, I started to embrace the power of what a woman’s place is in this world.

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