Minimalist Hair

My hair is minimalist. Yes, I have minimal hair (about an inch), but that’s not what I mean.  My hair itself is minimalist. And yesterday, it taught me a lesson about beauty.

Recently, I cut all the relaxed hair from my head –  about seven inches. I was left with 1/2 inch of natural hair. It’s cute and it’s very low maintenance. Usually, I wet it, rub in some curl enhancer, add some oil, and go.

Since the “big chop” last month, I have been reading blogs and watching YouTube videos about which products to use on my newly shorn hair. The blogs caution readers against constantly buying more products to try, lest they end up with a collection of things they don’t like. So I read reviews and decided on one product. Yes, I just got one. Don’t look at me like that.

Yesterday I washed my hair before church. I really liked the way it looked after washing – with no products on it. It was curly and cute on its own. I worried that it would get frizzy or nappy when it dried, but I decided to see how it would turn out. I added a little oil for shine and went to work.

The curls held and it wasn’t frizzy for nappy. I was very pleased with the result, and it made me examine my supposed need for all the various hair products I’d like to try. Since everyone else is using hair smoothies, curl enhancers, and hair milks, I assumed that I should, too. I thought that I needed products designed for natural hair for it to look good. I don’t.

I think back on the many hours I spent reading blogs about hair and various product reviews. All this time was wasted. My hair does’t need a million different products. It has minimal needs.

This makes me want to rethink some of my other beauty “necessities.” Do I really need all the makeup I have? All the lotions, creams, and exfoliants? Maybe it’s time to simplify my beauty collection. *cringe*  Maybe it’s time that I stop looking at what everyone else is doing and discover what I need.

What is your beauty routine like? How have you simplified this part of your life? I’d love to hear stories. Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, or inspirational stories for me.

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2 thoughts on “Minimalist Hair

  1. Amen, lady! All of these ads make us believe that if we don’t have their product, our hair will look horrendous. Real hair without added chemicals is actually supposed to look… well, like your hair did without the products! How fantastic it is to be aware of consumerism. How fantastic to know what we DON’T need. How fantastic to know our values!

    Today for the first time, I washed my hair with baking soda. 1 TB, form into a paste with water, scrub into the scalp, rinse. Then add 1TB vinegar/ACV (diluted with 8 oz water), rub it all over your pretty 1/2 inch hair. Rinse like crazy. Doesn’t smell vinegar-like, doesn’t look like your hair hasn’t been washed… I’m sold on this stuff. Have you tried this “no poo” option yet?

    And how do you feel after the chop? Do you still feel emotionally-connected to your old hair, or do you feel more free? Has this changed other parts of your minimalist living?

  2. You know, I felt like I looked like an alien for the first day or so. Then I got over it. The day of the big chop, I nearly cried when I saw all my hair on the floor. However, I feel so incredibly free now. I definitely made the right decision to chop it.
    I have yet to try the “no poo” method. You’re the second person to mention it, so I’m definitely going to give it a try.
    All this really reinforces the fact that I don’t need nearly as much as I think, and I don’t need to make decisions based on what everyone else is doing. Less really is more. This makes me look for other ways to simplify.

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