Today we are starting the first of a few days focused on hair. Hair products, hair tools and hair accessories. Gather all of your shampoo and conditioner bottles onto the counter in your bathroom. If that’s too crowded, use the floor. Grab those half-used bottles in the shower, the ones tucked back in the cabinets, the other half-used bottles in the shower, the shampoo you’re actually using in the shower and any other bottles you can think of. Grab the little hotel sized ones too!
Once they are all laid out, think about what brand is your absolute favorite. Does it make your hair smell good? Make it soft? Swingy? Curly? Is it all natural? Chemical and fragrance free? Whatever it does, whatever traits you love, grab that favorite and put it to the side; both the shampoo and conditioner.
Now, do the rest of these work on your hair? Or did you leave them half empty and move on to something new because you weren’t thrilled with them? Do you like to alternate between two? Or do you like to try a new one each month? Think through it and really question why you’re keeping all those shampoos. If space is at a premium, maybe it’s time to pare down to a favorite and a backup. Or even just a favorite? Once you’ve finished going over the shampoo and conditioner, please rinse and recycle the trash bottles, and donate any unwanted good items to a charity or neighbor.
Give the little hotel bottles a once over too. Usually these are a middle of the road, “regular” hair concoction, that may not work for everyone’s hair type. If you know they don’t work for you, consider donating them to a shelter or at least recycling them. Also, shampoo doesn’t last forever; if you brought these home 10 years ago, chances are they’ve gone bad.
Now that you’re all pared down, we should be looking at the bottles in use, as well as a backup or two. Go ahead and put them back in the shower now, and the backups in the cupboard or under your sink.