What I Own: Minimalist Hair Care

There’s a funny meme going around about how to take care of curly hair. Just add water. While that’s mostly true, there are ten items (in addition to water) I regularly use in my minimalist hair care routine.

In my first post of the What I Own series, I gave you a glimpse at my clothing. Today, I will share with you the ten items I use to keep my hair manageable as well as the frugal services I regularly utilize in order to care for my long, naturally curly hair.

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Minimalist Hair Care

 What I Own: Minimalist Hair Care

Minimalist Hair Care Shampoo and Conditioner

Because my hair is naturally curly and therefore full of volume, it is imperative I use a good quality shampoo and conditioner. I am currently using Regis Designline Olive Oil shampoo and conditioner. These products have a thick texture, so a little goes a long way. Due to the thick texture, I only use a couple of pumps of each product every time I wash my long hair. I purchase the liter bottles when they are on sale at my local salon, and use these dispenser pumps in order to avoid waste. I shampoo and condition my hair a couple of times per week so the liter bottles usually last me about 6-8 months. In between shampoos, I spritz water on my hair to help keep the curls tame. Occasionally (once every couple of weeks) I like to deep condition my hair with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm. Because I use so little, a 16.9-ounce container lasts me over a year.

Minimalist Hair Care Products

I scoured the beauty salon shelves for years before I found a product that would not only reduce the frizz in my naturally curly hair but also not leave a greasy residue. I tried mousses, creams, and gels; nothing worked. Then, I stumbled upon Frizz Ease hair serum by John Frieda. I love this stuff SO much! I should be a paid spokeswoman (I’m not). I’ve only been able to find this serum in the 1.69 fl. oz. size, but like the Regis Olive Oil shampoo, a little goes a long way. The product information recommends you use it on wet hair, but I’ve even used it when my hair was dry, in order to reduce frizz. This product is not just for curly hair. When I used to straighten my hair, I used this with my flat iron, and it would keep my hair smooth all day. 

Hairspray is less important to me and I use it sparingly when I need to keep a style in place. One bottle can easily last me a year. I never buy aerosol, because I can’t stand the fumes. And I always buy firm control because my hair can be stubborn. Currently, I am using Tresemme, Tres Two hairspray.

Minimalist Hair Accessories

I am a pretty low maintenance gal and I usually style my long, curly hair one of three ways: loose, in a bun/headband or twist/headband combo, or in a ponytail. As such, I have a few hair accessories I regularly use. I am never without an elastic ponytail holder or scunci.  Because you never know when a good hair day can turn bad. Also, I use small and large jaw clips when I want to quickly get my hair out of my face or off my neck.

I own a couple of small barrettes and a handful of hairpins. Oh, and I do have a wide-tooth comb which I use to untangle my hair after it’s been shampooed. Because…

What I Own: Minimalist Hair Care

Minimalist Hair Care Professional Services

Confession time, I am not one of those super frugal women who cuts her own hair. First, my hair is long and my arms are short. Second, it’s curly and I am scared. However, I am quite frugal when it comes to my minimalist hair care if I do say so myself.

I choose instead, to utilize the services of a nearby cosmetology school. The students there do excellent work and are supervised by a knowledgeable instructor at all times. The services I receive for a fraction of retail include hair cuts, hair coloring (including foil highlights), eyebrow waxing, spa manicures and pedicures, and facials. With the money I save by going to a cosmetology school, I can leave a nice tip and still not come close to what I would pay at a salon.

In addition, I choose to keep my hair long and avoid going to the salon every six weeks for a trim. In fact, I’ve been known to go six months or more without a hair cut. While I have to use a little more shampoo and conditioner to wash my long hair, the money I save by not needing to maintain a hairstyle is significant.

Minimalist Hair Care: What’s missing

You’ll notice I do not own a blow dryer (but my dog does). As part of my minimalist hair care, I let my hair air-dry. If I were to use a blow dryer, my hair would be a frazzled, frizzy mess. Also, I do not own a curling iron or a flat iron. As I mentioned before, I used to straighten my hair. After all, people with curly hair want straight hair and people with straight hair dream of curly hair. Am I right? I gave up fighting the natural tendency of my hair a few years ago and I’m glad I did.

Minimalist Hair Care Grand Total

So, there you have it. That’s everything I use on my naturally curly hair to keep it looking presentable. Here’s a quick list and photo:



Conditioning Balm

Hair Serum

Hair Spray

Wide-Toothed Comb



Jaw Clips


What I Own: Minimalist Hair Care



Products and services I use for my minimalist hair care routine. A sneak peak at the 10 items I use daily and how I save money at the salon.

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About Cheryl Lemily

A wife, mom of 3 boys & 2 dogs. A minimalist raising a minimalist(ish) family. Living a small, slow, simple life. Helping others declutter & simplify.

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