Saturday, January 5, 2013

I just don't have time for that

When I first began my hair journey in 2009, I jumped on every bandwagon, tried every new method/ technique, bought almost every popular product until I realised it was just too costly both in time and money. Here are some of the things I no longer include in my regimen:

Sulphate Free Shampoos:  These just don't work for me. My hair gets build up very easily and sulphate free just doesn't clean my hair sufficiently. My sulphate shampoos do not dry my hair out.

Pre-poos/Deep conditioning on dry hair: I tried pre-pooing and I found no real difference in the results when I did not do it. Also I don't really like the idea of deep conditioning on dry, dirty hair.

Mixing conditioner: Back in the day I would mix 2-3 conditioners with 2-3 different oils. It wasn't necessary and I no longer do this. One quality conditioner is enough.

Baggying my ends: At this stage, I really cannot be bothered. I moisturise and seal daily and this seems to be enough for me.

Tea Rinses:  I have a box of black tea sitting in my kitchen cupboard. I rarely used it. It was such a bother to brew the tea and sometimes I would brew it and forget to use it.

ACV Rinses: I cut these out as well. I think I can bring my hair back to its right pH after relaxing by using neutralising shampoo.

Supplements galore: At one point I was taking both silicia and MSM. Right now I limit my supplements to a multivitamin and cod liver oil which I take primarily for my skin. I have a healthy diet with enough protein, fruits and vegetables. Nothing else is necessary for me.

Air drying: No matter what method I try, my texlaxed hair goes all Diana Ross on me. I'm not a fan of that look on me and so I give up. I prefer roller setting my hair. If I am to air dry, I will air dry in rollers.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil: I was rubbing this in my scalp religiously to accelerate growth. Did it work? Perhaps, but not better than a healthy diet.

I am keeping it simple in 2013. This year I want to try and use my stash of products. Who needs 5 different leave ins, 3 serums and 4 or 5 different moisturisers?

What are some of the methods or techniques you have removed from your regimen?


  1. And let the church say amen to this post lol

    one thing I av to say it that i do have alot of self control when it come to hhj but i can so see how easy it is to do what every bloggers says

    i always say i like a simple life when it comes 2my hair and i most def keep it simple by doing what works for me! and i av seen great improvements in my hair

    all my hair products range from £2 to £14 (which is my KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner as my most expensive product)

    I rmbr buying BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner £30 cos most bloggers said its the best thing in life ..err NO! lol

    All the best with ur HHJ in 2013


    I, too, have a box of black tea that remains unused...

  3. Hello Carolyn! You hit the nail on the head with this one! I remember trying out all the products and supplements (ending up with bad migraines), only to find the regimen and products that I utilized pre-HHJ needed only a little tweaking!

    For me, I cut out baggying (I hated this ... it made my hair mushy), ACV rinses (I just use Roux Porosity Control instead) and the sulfur mixes (that stuff stunk to high heaven!). They were just not good fits for my hair!

    And I totally feel you on the amount of product that one needs! I have read some people's regimen and I don't know how they keep up with it. It is way too complicated! I have done a pretty good job curbing my PJism! My friend feels that way about mine because of my leave-ins, but hey, for the most part, they are the same 3 or 4 leave-ins!

  4. Oh wow I can relate to so many things you mentioned. Really couldn't be bothered!

  5. Hi Carolyn! Just wanted to let you know this post inspired one of mine!! I gave you credit for it, though! Thanks for this post as it was a perfect prompt for my one year HHJ post!

  6. Great post! I feel the same way!

  7. I really feel you. I jumped into the sulphate free shampoo bandwagon and honestly,it just doesn't work for me. My scalp doesn't feel clean and I end up itching a few days later. I had abandoned my affordable SLES-type shampoo but now I'm going back to it.

  8. I like your post...think you inspire my next blog post.


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