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For months I have been trying to minimise my hair care routine. To say that all of these changes have occurred in the first four days of the month is false, however I do feel like the changes have now taken full effect and it finally feels like my minimised hair care has become my regular routine.
- Colour change and cut. If you’ve been reading along for a while, you will notice that my long blonde locks have been replaced with a dark brown lob. This has happened for two reasons.The first is that maintaining the blonde highlights was expensive and time consuming. My new colour came out of a box and I can fix it up any time with minimal expenditure. The second is that I didn’t really enjoy the blonde that much anymore. It would grow out very quickly, so I would find I liked my hair for a week or two after fresh foils, and then I’d spend a month or longer not enjoying it. I feel like my natural hair colour has gotten darker over time and that there was a lot of contrast between the root and the length of the hair. The new colour is very similar to my natural colour and an added bonus is that I feel more like myself now! I chopped about 25cm off the end of my hair because the tips were fine and damaged. Having the shorter length is another thing that makes looking after my hair easier.
- Less washing. This is something I have been experimenting with for quite some time now. I wash my hair once a week these days. For some of you that may not seem like a big deal, but if you have fine hair like me, your scalp is far more susceptible to oiliness. Back in high school I washed my hair everyday, and in more recent years two or three times a week. Once a week is a massive achievement for me. I think I have trained my scalp to produce less oil by washing it less, though I will admit I get help from dry shampoo from about mid way through the week. I have considered and experimented with no poo in the past, but having fine hair means that if I don’t wash it at least once a fortnight I look like something that crawled out of a Japanese horror film. While I love the idea of such minimal hair maintenance, my vanity will not allow it.
- No conditioner. I have realised that conditioner is a sham. It is supposed to absorb into your hair and give it moisture, but this has not been my experience. People say it helps them comb out their hair after washing, but unless you have some wild, strong mane, you shouldn’t brush your hair when it’s wet because you are more likely to cause breakage. I have been using coconut oil to prevent dryness at the tips of my hair. After I wash it and it’s still damp I dip a finger in the oil, rub it in my palms and then spread it over the tips of my hair. I comb it through once my hair is dry. It will usually absorb completely into the hair and leave no trace within 48 hours. Yes the tips look slightly greasy for a day or so, but I don’t see this as an issue.