by Mary Wolff
More than a few naturals have been accused of being product junkies. Whether you just love the anticipation of trying new hair care products, or you are addicted to applying your favorites a little heavy handed, knowing the right amount of product to use is essential for several reasons. If you are going through products too quickly, spending more than you budgeted, or your hair feels heavy and unhealthy, the amount of product you use may be the culprit. While you may be using too much, there’s also a chance you are using too little on other product types so it’s best to know the general rules of thumb for product amounts. Have you ever stopped and wondered, how much product should I be using? If so, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used products and how much is enough to get the job done.
So How Much Product Should I Be Using?There are a few things to keep in mind when looking at how much product is best for your hair. The first thing is that the product type is the key to knowing how much to use. For example, you wouldn’t use the same amount of hair conditioner in the shower as you would with a thick moisture mask, right? Well, hopefully you wouldn’t! Another factor to consider is the length of your hair. If you have shorter hair, err on the side of less is more whereas longer hair will obviously need more than short hair. The thickness of the hair also plays a role here. It’s important to remember that the following suggestions for how much product to use are just suggestions, not hard and fast rules, since everyone’s hair is different.
Product Types and How Much to Use
Mousse4 whole eggs at the most to avoid the crunchiness
Serums2 grains of rice for thinner hair
A quarter (yes, the coin, not a quarter of the bottle, product fiends!) for thicker hair
Dry ShampooOne burst for every 4 inches of hair. Apply only at roots!
HairsprayApply in a windshield motion with a continuous spray. If once over doesn’t achieve your desired hold, make another sweep in the same motion.
Pomade1-2 dimes, depending on your texture and length
Hair Gel1 nickel for medium textures
1 silver dollar for thicker textures
Oils1-2 grains of rice for thinner hair
A nickel for thicker hair.
Blow Dry Cream1 blueberry for thinner hair
1 grape for thicker hair
Thermal Protectant SpraySpritz all over from midshaft to ends only 1-2 times with a sweeping motion
Hair Mask1 clementine
Shampoo1 dime for thinner hair
1 quarter for medium texture
1 silver dollar for thicker hair
Conditioner1 quarter for thin to medium hair
1 golf ball for medium to thick hair