Three Ways I’m Minimising in February

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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.

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  1. Colour change and cutIf 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.
  2. Less washingThis 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.
  3. 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.


24 thoughts on “Three Ways I’m Minimising in February

  1. I’m loving these monthly minimising posts! Due to your January post, my family of 3 has rid ourselves of laundry hampers and we dump everything into the washer as soon as it’s dirty. (I do have a small basket in front of the washing machine where I put soiled delicate clothes.) When the washer is full, I run a load. When my delicates basket is full, I run a load immediately following a regular load.
    And just this morning I was wanting ideas to minimize my hair care routine! My hair is very thick and coarse, so I’ve always combed it immediately after washing, but I’m going to try not doing that and see how it goes. I too stopped using conditioner about a month ago and have noticed no difference whatsoever.
    Thanks again for these posts!

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  2. Your hair looks great BTW….I wash my hair every other day only b/c I do the boot camp gig, and I get all sweaty. But I am with you on the less is best. I find to that having darker hair affords that luxury of not washing so much, it just keeps it nice. I have about four colors, but the expense is not a problem, for me getting it done is, it takes to long, so I go about every 2-3 months to get color and cut. I don’t even go to the same place for both. I do them by two different stylists and on different days, weeks apart in fact. The things we do for our hair. Good blog.

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  3. I have similar hair. I’ve found that switching my shampoo for more natural options has helped extend the time between washes, but I really can’t get away with less than once a week either. I’ve flirted with the idea of no poo, but I dread the thought of what it would look like. Down with conditioner! lol. Growing up, my mom never used conditioner on my hair, then I became a cool, sophisticated middle-schooler and was lured by advertising. I’ve never found one that doesn’t weigh my hair down and I find it feels and looks better without. Some days, I’ll use a little jojoba oil on the ends, but I’ve pretty much abandoned conditioner.

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  4. Hi! I love your blog, thank you! Here is a great hair product (that I’m receiving nothing for mentioning; I truly think it’s awesome). Normally “dry shampoo” is just a powder you spray on your roots to extend volume and decrease oil between washes. This is ACTUAL dry shampoo, meaning you never wash your hair again but it gets clean! Sooo cool – and how minimalist is that? 🙂 https://my.liveyourtruth.com/dyt/how-to-use-cleansing-conditioner/

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  5. “but unless you have some wild, strong mane””if I don’t wash it at least once a fortnight I look like something that crawled out of a Japanese horror film” LOL!!! I thought these lines were so funny. I wish I could wash my hair only one a week but if I waited that long someone from Alaska might be after me to harvest all the grease for lamp oil!

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  6. I, like you, have fine hair and I have been washing it about once a week for a while with an up-do of some sort on the last day or so… Try a messy-bun look when it starts getting a little Meh-Looking.

    Also, check into the shampoo bars. I love Chargin Valley’s selection, and while they are a smidge pricey, the bars last a long time.

    I’ve tried the baking soda wash, the vinegar rinse, collected rainwater, no cleaner, homemade soap, and a laundry list of solutions. I find the best results with our horridly hard water here – Chargin Valley shampoo and a diluted vinegar rinse if I NEED-need a “conditioner” to untangle my locks.
    Great article!

    Bathing products is another area in which minimalism fits well. I would love to hear your thoughts on this in an article soon!

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  7. Its surprising how many people think not washing your hair every day or every 2 days is gross! I usually do mine every 5 – 7 days. I barely have anything hair related anymore – one comb, one brush, two shampoos (as I alternate), one pack of bobby pins and one pack of hair ties. I have no products because I learnt long ago that I don’t care for them and won’t use them.

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  8. Our hair is so different! I can’t touch my hair once it’s dry! Any messing with it starts the frizz machine running, so I haven’t used a brush or comb in well over a decade. I use my fingers (the ultimate wide tooth comb) to detangle it a bit when it’s wet and then I try my best to leave it alone for the next 2-3 days. Thick, curly hair is a wild beast and I just try to follow its rhythm.

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  9. It’s amazing how much money my friends spend on hair care routines!! Especially those who dye brown hair blonde! Insane! I was my hair once a week, my hair is crazy curly, so have used conditioner, but I’m intrigued to try the no conditioner approach and using coconut oil! What brand of coconut oil do you use? Do you keep it in a slightly warmer place to keep it in liquid form?

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