Extreme Minimalism: Simple Hair

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As a woman that lives in the west I have struggled with the concept of beauty. I’m not twenty anymore so I don’t find the need to try to keep up with all the rage in fashion. When I decided to become a minimalist I sat down and thought about what I wanted as a person, a soul that wanted to attract like souls, and the lifestyle I have longed for. Hair has been an area of stress for me.

What I want:
Long hair that is feminine
A Classic look
Minimum products and fuss

What I chose:

Baking soda based shampoo that I make
Vinegar rinse to condition and balance Ph
No blow drying, curling, or straightening appliances

What I do:

Shampoo:
2 tbsp Baking Soda
1 cup Corn Starch
2 cups Water
10 drops Essential oil of choice (optional)

Conditioning Rinse:

1 cup vinegar
2 cups water
10 drops peppermint oil

Mix in spray bottle and spray hair after shampoo. Leave in hair

Towel dry hair gently
Pull back and secure while still damp.

I’m growing out my bangs right now and look forward to having them long enough to pull into the rest of my hair. I trim my own hair for now. When it gets too long I will probably have it cut twice a year. I left color behind and look forward to just allowing that pretty silver to mix in with my brunette hair. I haven’t been able to let go of color before but I am determined to let that all go and not have to worry about it again. I always make sure that my hair is impeccably neat and not dowdy. I want natural and minimal but I don’t want to look like I don’t care.

Out With the Old

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT photographed in USA....

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT photographed in USA. Category:Fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Category:Black coupes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today was a day of purging. Inspired by Tshirts and Twine I went through my bed linens, bath towels, bathroom supplies, and clothes.  I gave away a child booster seat and books to the neighbor. Tomorrow I will be donating the extra towels, washcloths, sheets, and various clothes, and jewlery that have collected over the last year. It makes me feel like I am shedding an old skin and I like the new one underneath.  I went through my son’s room and gleaned things to give away to kids that will love these things.

 

My husband is not such a minimalist. He is a gadget guy. I do love that about him and with his gifts of a smartphone, tablet, and laptop, I have been able to go digital with my writing, lists, books, movies, and music. We are gradually getting rid of more and replacing our favorites in digital format. We like that we don’t have to store much anymore and it conveniently travels with us when we go. What I have struggled with is that he wants the house, the boat, the bike, and a new Camaro. I want the small apartment downtown and to work from home.  Today I realize that even though he doesn’t share my minimalist adventures I do think he will come around when he sees how happy I am with less. Maybe I’ll keep sneaking it in when he’s not looking?