In the comments section below, tell me why ‘less is more’, and what it means to you.
A week from today, at 5pm eastern, I’ll pick a winner and he/she will receive a free shampoo bar from Mehandi! I’m loving these poo bars…the ingredients are simple and the cleansing action is mild and non-stripping.
Check out the ingredients for the ‘Plain and Simple’ Shampoo Bar:
Distilled water, saponified oils of coconut, sunflower and castor bean.
Good luck ladies!
Less stress more hair!
I am transitioning due to hair loss because of lupus. So I am learining that less is more not only for my hair but also my overall health. So I guess you could say that not only am I transitioning from a relaxer but also to a more natural diet. I love your website it’s really helping me with this difficult time. 🙂
Perfect example why “less is more”, this past weekend I used way too many conditioners for my DT. I used AOHSR, Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Conditioner, Pantene Defense Deep Conditioning Mask, and Aussie Moist. In addition, I added honey and EVOO. I used all of this in one batch. My twistout was awful. My hair was not as soft as normal. I had to co-wash my hair on day two. I was just doing too much and I think my hair was confused by so many products working against eachother. For now on, no more than two conditioners for a deep treatment. Never had a problem when I used less product.
Less to me means leaving my hair alone! and like a plant only water it on a daily basis! Water is the critical the key to “refresh” and “rejuvenate” natural hair. But, if I want to live dangerous, I’ll use distilled water!
Less is more to me because my hair is very complicated. I’ve tied using alot of product in my hair, and it just didn’t work for me. I’ve learned that using less is good for me. Nice and simple.
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. The last statement you made is so true:
“THE LESS TIME YOU SPEND ON YOUR HAIR, THE MORE TIME YOU WILL HAVE TO SPEND CHERISHING PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH THOSE YOU LOVE.”
For me, less is definitely more. As a result of using less products and washing my hair less often, my hair is happier and so am I =). It really means alot to me because I’ve come a very long way, from being a product junkie to going back to basics, and this time the basics are more natural (shea butter, oils, Dr. Bronner’s soap, aloe vera gel, and amla…hopefully soon I will no longer need to use VO5 conditioner). Also, my hair lasts longer, which reduces the need to wash it as often as I used to. It’s amazing.
spending less, saves more money in the bank – important stuff in this economy! this helps me to focus on what is truly important – which things are wants and which things are needs.
in my natural hair care journey i have also taken a step back and looked at what i eat, i’ve learned that less is more in terms of cooking. it does not take a complicated recipe with a lot of ingredients to make something tasty and healthy – less ingredients equals more taste in my opinion. less ingredients allows for more focus on quality and care when preparing food. and food is the fuel that gets us through the day!
this focus has allowed me to become much more healthy than i was before. i was diagnosed with diabetes and with the new outlook on food, coupled along with a work out regimen, i have lost a good amount of weight which allowed me to not have to take injections or medications anymore. i am so happy for this! i will always have to monitor my blood sugar, but not having to take medication is a wonderful thing.
using less hair and skin products lets me accurately determine which products are working and which aren’t, resulting in more healthy skin, hair, and scalp.
Less is more because nature has provided us with what we need to take care of ourselves. We don’t need to go to things created in labs to take care of our hair.
More is better! Can I have the shampoo bar now?
The last full year I was relaxed, I guessed I’d spent approximately $1600 on my hair. This was 1994…and that’s what I was paying just for regular salon visits; I wasn’t wearing any added hair. At the time I was climbing the corporate ladder and as one of the few prominent black women in my company, my hair always had to be on point. That money certainly made it look that way, even though it wasn’t very healthy.
Assuming that I’d stayed relaxed from then to now, and allowing for inflation as well as experiments (eg. weaves…and note that I would have spent whatever it took to look “professional”), and assuming I wasn’t any more educated than the average black woman who relaxes her hair, I’m guessing that I would have spent at least an additional $30,000 on my hair from 1995-2008. And again, assuming that I stayed ignorant and just trusted stylists, my hair would probably look exactly the same: shoulder-length and healthy-LOOKING, but not healthy.
I’m not even going to go into what $30,000 can buy. Suffice it to say that since going natural, I’m pretty sure that I haven’t even spent a tenth of that amount in 13 years TOTAL…and that’s INCLUDING the natural salon visits, the 3-4 times I got extensions, AND the products I bought during my product junkie phase. Since entering academia my salary has dropped considerably, but because I know what works for my hair, hair care barely impacts my budget. Compared to what hair care cost me back in the day, each “home salon” visit costs PENNIES. And on top of that, my hair is measurably healthier, thicker and longer than it ever was when it was relaxed. Talk about “less is more”!
Yeaaaaa a give away!!!!1111!!!! I think less is more because some hair products might weigh down your natural locks down. Or by using less of a product it shouldn’t make your hair crunchy if you’re using less, better to style. Less is more and it will get you a long way!
My sister told me about your site.
I think less is more because after 7 months of trying to figure out what my hair needed it all came down to plain ol Deep Conditioning. I was buying all the “miracle” and holy grail products that were out there and saw some improvement but not great improvement. One day I read someones blog and they stressed the importance of DC’ing with heat or for an hour without heat with a plastic bag. So I started doing that and the shedding got better and better every week. At this point i’m convinced that all I need is a good conditioner to DC with and coconut oil.
Less is definitely more when dealing with shampoo. I used to shampoo my hair once a week by doing a double shampoo. Now that I am transitioning to natural, I do a no-poo wash every 3-4 days and wash my hair with shampoo every two weeks or so.
Less is also more in dealing with words. Sometimes words are not needed. For example if you show someone how you feel about them day after day more than liking the less words you use the more it shows you true feelings.
I did my big chop last year when I was 17. Now, less is more because I do not have to use my money to get my hair done and spend countless hours in a hair salon. I do my own hair with only 2 products after I wash it– a moisturizer and sealer.Even if I do a twist out that takes 20- 30 min max. It feels great knowing I only have to depend on myself to look presentable and since I mostly use natural products I am not causing more damage to the environment by washing harmful chemicals down the drain.
LESS IS ALWAYS MORE!!!!
MY STORY IS A SAD ONE, BUT NEVERTHELESS, ITS A REAL ONE.
MY MOTHER HAD THE BEST CURLS IN THE WORLD AND HER REGIMEN WAS VERY SIMPLE. WASH, MOISTURIZE AND ROLLERSET. I ON THE OTHER HAND THOUGHT THAT I WOULD GET MORE IF I DID MORE, AND BOY WAS I EVER WRONG!!!! IN FACT, THE MORE I DID TO MY HAIR THE LESS I GOT BACK IN RETURN.
MY MOTHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER IN SEPTEMBER OF 07 AND DIED TWO MONTHS LATER. AFTER HER CHEMO TREATMENTS SHE LOST ALL OF BEAUTIFUL CURLS, AND AT THAT POINT SHE WAS DONE WITH ANY AND ALL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS. SHE ASKED ME TO CUT THE REMAINDER OF HER BEAUTIFUL LONG HAIR AND I CRIED AND CRIED B/C IT WAS A REALITY CHECK THAT THIS WAS REALLY HAPPENING, THAT CANCER WAS REALLY REAL. SHE COMFORTED ME AND TOLD ME THAT ITS JUST HAIR AND IT WILL GROW BACK, BUT OF COURSE WE BOTH KNEW THAT IT WASN’T ABOUT THE HAIR.
I GUESS WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IN ALL OF THIS IS THAT LESS IS MORE BECAUSE THE LESS TIME YOU SPEND ON YOUR HAIR, THE MORE TIME YOU WILL HAVE TO SPEND CHERISHING PRECIOUS MOMENTS WITH THOSE YOU LOVE.
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For me, “less is more” is my mantra for why I shouldn’t be a product junkie. I have three bottles of product: Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo, Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, and ABBA’s Pure Gentle Leave-in. The less money I spend on products, the more happy I am and the more dollars I save.
lol because using less saves me money to further feed the PJ in me
A simple solution is usually the best solution.
Less is more to me because the more I simplify my life – work, family, hair – the more peaceful and productive I am. After I stopped relaxing and did the big chop and stopped shampooing, absolutely all of my hair issues went away. I feel more confident with my natural curls than I ever did leaving the salon and my daily routine is faster and cheaper. I strive to find the simplest and most effective route for every task. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the latest, greatest product when simple and natural is what we really need.
For me the saying “less is more” has become my ideal way of looking at things…especially in regards to hair care. It was only when I began to view things that way and apply it to my haircare regimen that my hair began to thrive. I remember using all kinds of products trying to get my hair to look or feel a cetain way and it did not work. Then when I finally decided to leave it alone and use fewer products my hair was growing so much faster and has become healthier… it also helps that I am transitioning to natural and that I am no longer using chemical relaxers. I can now say that I am truly happy about what my hair has become. Not to mention my wallet… I no longer spend alot of money buying products I dont need… I just keep it simple and use what little I have and I have become content with that.
I want to get in on this action! For me I am trying to get nature with my products and eating. Years ago when products and food were simplier we had less dieases and health problems. Like obesity and heart diease. I think this is do to all of the additives in foods and products. The very best sunscreen and skin moisturizer I have found is virgin coconut oil. Natural soap, butters and conditioners are wonderful and I am just beginning my Henna experiences but so far so good. This mean’s less side effects and reactions when your products are all natural. Now you can go overboard with mixing which I have found so I am trying to simplify my hair ingredients. There is alwasys a new product or ingredient that works great but I have to remember that I might already have a ingredient or product that works equally as well. I have recently cleared out a lot of cabinets and I feel like a can breath after decluttering my life. I can finally find things, it wasn’t that bad but I don’t like things tucked away, even if it is a few things. Thanks for the rec on the poo!
I think less is more, and I definitely know this from experience! When I first went natural in January, I tried every product out there. My regimen was so extensive (and expensive!).
Months later, I keep everything very simple, and my hair is thriving like no other. It’s amazing what simplicity can do for your mind (and wallet!)
Less is more to me means: Quality. A quality product should be able to meet the needs of my hair, and not require me to use all of it to see the results I want.
LESS STRESS, LESS WORRY, AND LESS DAMAGE
Less is more, because MORE is usually always unnecessary!!
when i think of “less is more”, i immediately think about how less manipulation of the hair results in more retention of length. i prefer to wear twists or rod sets as protective styles because i only have to touch my hair at most twice a week. an added benefit is that the less time i spend on my hair, the more time i have to enjoy other ventures!
Less is more to me means:
That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; Basically with my very busy lifestyle I could not understand as a relax head why I need to sit in a salon for over 5 hours and now that I am natural and style my own hair, I can not understand the need for complicated products with complicated ingrediants. Simplicity is preferable to Complexity, words to live by!
Less is more has truly been a way of life since going natural. With so many natural hair products these days, you can easily go broke and still not have the hair you “want” if you buy and use everything under the sun. Also, some of the simplest things work the best like water for our hair.
When I came to understand ‘less is more’ it set me free from much bondage I believe we all can find ourselves in today. Life is already stressful, challenging and BUSY!!! Being a mom, wife and host to many in my home, I dont have over a hour to do my hair with five different products…. I believe we were given the blessing of life to enjoy…anything that will have us consumed and take up much of our needed time is not worth it… so Less Is more to me means -FREEDOM, RELAxation, and happy hair 🙂
Less is definitely more!
In this overly synthetic, genetically altered, lab created, prescription overloaded world we live in getting back to basics is what we all need. As a natural haired woman the call back to my natural state of being has been right on time. But for me this call goes so much farther than the style in which I wear my hair. While advancements in technology have improved our quality of life in many ways they can not hold a candle to the natural creations of our creator. The products with the least amount of synthetic ingredients seem to work the best. Less is definitely more!
Less is more becasue I am still learning what my hair does and does not like.
I am transitioning from having my hair flat ironed to wearing it in its natural state. At first I assumed that I had to coat (with product) my hair into submission; but, I have found that the less stuff I use, often, the better the results.
I find when I employ the “less is more” philosophy in anything in my life, that I am “lighter” and airy; a more enjoyable person. The same goes with my hair, it seems the less products I use for on hair, the vibrant and alive it is and the healthier it is.
It’s also easier for it all to be washed out on wash days and nice to my pockets. LOL.
Less is more to me because I went from using three different shampoos, five kinds of conditioner and four kinds of leave-ins (convinced I needed them all!), to exactly one of each.
Less is also more in manipulation: add conditioner to wet hair, leave it be. My regimen is simplicity in it’s purest from, nowadays!
I think less is more because if you get into these intense regimes, you’ll have to keep them up and if you stop for a while your hair might “withdraw”
if you use less you save money,stretch your product over a long period of time and for those natural beauties on a time clock save time and still get great hair. As a college student that is an amazing bonus, and your hair learns to thrive on the simple cheapie condish and the apple cider vinegar and water. And when people are talking about their extensive regimes to get their amazing hair, you can smile to yourself and say, “apple cider vinegar and water with a little baking soda, suave, giovanni and shea butter” and my hair looks just as great, and it takes me 30 minutes. But of course, it is not competition.
But for me im a simple kind of girl, so a simple regime is perfect for me, my hair gets its simple little kisses and light petting. for my hair there is no need for three deep conditionings. Just one big hug is all it needs.
im not knocking intense regimes of course I love trying things out! if it works thats beautiful for you!! But for me less is more.