I'm slightly obsessed with my hair. Ever since I first discovered hairspray in 5th grade, I've spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about and fussing with my hair over the years. You'd probably never know it by looking because I don't really care about looking fabulous. I just don't want to look like a mad scientist, which is pretty much how I assume I look 90% of the time.
Lately, I've been trying to rid myself of the obsession. I want to be bohemian, damn it! I've always wanted to be product-free, aside from normal shampoo and conditioner in the shower. I'm getting closer. Here's what's working for me:
1. Using a cleansing conditioner (no shampoo at all) or using a shampoo without sodium lauryl sulfate. Hair One from Sally Beauty Supply is nice (but runs about $12), and for shampoo I like Renpure and Organix.
2. Cleansing only about every other day. The other times, I either keep my hair dry or I rinse it thoroughly using only water and then add a little conditioner. If I'm using the cleansing conditioner, then I still try not to use it every day and just keep my hair dry.
3. I usually don't use post-shower product on days when I haven't cleansed my hair (it gets too greasy and gunky). On days when I have shampooed, I use a tiny amount of two products: a styling paste and an anti-frizz syrum. Admittedly, though, even when I do cleanse, I probably don't need the product (I use so little of it, it's hard to imagine it's doing much), but I'm not quite ready to give it up.
4. Blowdrying or pinning back my bangs. The hair around my face tends to be dry, wiry, and kinky. This is a quick fix for that one problem area. Everything else dries the old-fashioned way.
Here's the evidence! This was a cleansing/light-product day, and I might add that it was after grading papers for a couple hours, getting dinner prepped, and helping to clean up an overflowed toilet.
Of course, special occasions change the rules, but this works for everyday wear. My hair looks fine--again, maybe not fabulous--it's soft, and above all else, I feel lighter and freer. And sometimes, when I get up in the morning, my hair still looks decent enough to pass for not-bed-head.
There you have it. So, tell me: How do you keep your hairstyle simple? Do you have a beauty routine you can't give up?