There is no real benefit to having an overly complicated hair care regimen. There are just the disadvantages of headache and time wasted. How do you know whether you need to simplify your regimen? Read on:
1. Your hair is not retaining length
If your hair stops retaining length, this could be a sign that your hair care regimen involves TOO much of something. It could be too much manipulation. It could be too much heat. It could even be too much washing. Each of these can yield breakage over time. Additionally, good practices in excess can become detrimental to your hair’s health. For example, protective styling may work for you when done with breaks in between but harmful when done back to back, depending on your hair.
2. You use too many conditioners, moisturizers… and products in general
It is one thing to have a stash of products under your bathroom sink. It is another to actually be using that entire stash at a given time. Frankly, it makes no sense for your wash day to look like this:
1) wash my hair with Shampoo X [insert one of ten shampoos here],
2) condition my hair with Conditioner X [insert one of ten conditioners here],
3) moisturize my hair with Moisturizers X [insert one of ten moisturizers here], and
4) seal my hair with Sealant X [insert one of ten sealants here].
After all, how will know whether a product is working for you if you currently use all ten choices on deck?
3. You need a daily planner for your entire regimen
If your regimen is sooo complex that you actually need a daily planner to remember every bit of it, then chances are – you need to cut out some steps. Sure, you might alternate between a couple of conditioners or switch your hairstyle every a few weeks, but to have a regimen that is fickle is to have no routine at all. A simple regimen does not change every time the sun rises.
4. Your hairstyle changes drastically from day to day
Truth be told, many of us do not want to wear the same exact hairdo for weeks let alone a week, and that is completely fine. However, switching dramatically from style to style on a daily basis is definitely a sign that you need to simplify. If you wear mini twists on Monday, flat iron on Tuesday, wash-n-go on Wednesday, flexi rod set on Thursday, blow out on Friday, finger coils on Saturday and bantu knot out on Sunday, where has all your time and hair gone? Away, I tell you.
How do you know when it’s time to simplify your regimen?