An In-Depth Guide to My Minimalist Hair Care Routine

Sometimes less is more.

Growing up in a house with three older sisters (and one very fashion-minded younger brother) meant that clothes, makeup and hair products were our bread and butter. The bathroom drawers and shelves overflowed with flat irons, hair brushes, bottles of mousse and cans of hairspray, and what felt like an exorbitant number of bottles of red nail polish.

That being said, my mother was not one for clutter and only our must-have products earned a space on the shelf. And while my beauty routine has never fallen under the ‘minimalist’ category, I had to learn how to prioritize the must-haves from the extras early on.

Now that I’m living alone and working as a beauty editor, any hope of a minimalist hair care routine has mostly disappeared. But in an effort to cleanse a little and cut down on spending, I’ve recently embraced what could objectively be categorized as a truly minimalist hair care routine. Here are the products that made the cut and the techniques I’m using to make the most of them. Read on:

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The change to a minimalist hair care routine is less dramatic than you might have previously thought.

Wash and care.

In the past, I’ve stayed away from 2-in-1 products and assumed they’re only meant for frat boys sharing communal showers who can’t be bothered to carry an extra bottle to and from the shower. Suave Professionals Anti-Dandruff 1-in-1 Dry Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner is the product responsible for opening my eyes to the magic of a 2-in-1 product. Not only is there more room in my shower for body scrubs (hey, this minimalist journey is a process!), but this product really does the job of shampoo and conditioner in one while keeping my scalp healthy.

I’ve also been trying to spread out the time in between washes and this means that by the time I do wash and condition my hair, I’m in need of a formula that truly targets my scalp as well as my strands.

Moisture and smoothness

In my minimalist opinion, a hair oil like TIGI Copyright Custom Create Colour Lustre Oil can do the job of a few other products. Consider it a leave-in conditioner, serum, and moisture spray all in one lightweight oil. I run this oil through the ends of my hair while it’s still damp and feel the moisturizing benefits right away. My hair truly feels softer and healthier without feeling greasy.

Upkeep

For as long as I’ve known about its existence, I’ve been a hardcore fan of dry shampoo. Recently, I’ve been using Dove Refresh+Care Volume And Fullness Dry Shampoo in between washes, and then blow-drying my dry hair to fully absorb the product and give the illusion of a fresh blowout. Using a blow-dryer on dry hair definitely feels strange, but I swear by this trick if you’re hoping to extend the time between washes without feeling like an oily mess.

I target the heat on my roots, and then use a hairbrush to smooth out my strands and brush the product through. The results are crazy impressive and feel like a fresh head of just-washed and professionally dried hair.