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Are you using WAY too much product? Or not enough?

23 August, 2020 - 12:45pm by - First Lady | 15 Comments

Article by BR Tabatha

The Beauty Editors gave me a funny look the other day when I said I use at least three bottles of conditioner to one bottle of shampoo.  "How much bloody product are you using at a time?!" Natalie asked, aghast.  Erm, like a palm full.  My hair is long.  She looked at me, huffed and then began the Re-education of Tabatha.

So from some of the top beauty editors, and corroborated by our resident Beauty Therapist, here we go.  An easy-to-follow guide of just how much product we should be using.

Haircare Products

  • Shampoo a common mistake is using too much shampoo and then blaming your conditioner for weighing your hair down.  For cropped to pixie length hair, you need around a 10c sized dollop, short-shoulder length hair you need around a $1 sized dollop and for long hair only a little more, around a 50c dollop - focus on the scalp and roots, not the lengths.
  • Conditioner you should only be focusing on the midlengths to ends anyway, so around the same size portion as your shampoo.
  • Hair Serum - for short hair around a 10c coin.  For long or super thick hair 2 x 10c coins - divide your hair in a centre part, front to back and use a 10c dollop on either side.

Skincare Products.

  • Cleanser 1 pump is enough of a foaming cleanser, otherwise you really only need a dollop the size of a 10c piece.  Too much cleanser and you risk stripping your skin of its natural oils.  Too little and you'll remain grubby. 
  • Exfoliator - a dab.  Just a dab, no more than pea sized.  Too much and you'll irritate your skin. 
  • Moisturiser if you're using the right moisturiser for your skin you need no more than a 20c piece.  Too much and your skin will be shiny and pores could clog.  
  • Eye Cream - a dab the size of a sunflower seed for each eye.  That is all.
  • Serum - a pea sized amount is more than enough for your whole face.  If you use too much serum, not only are you wasting product (and money), you might experience discomfort or peeling from the overload of active ingredients sitting on your skin.
  • Sunscreen around a $1 coin for your face and a shot glass for your body!  To be honest - you can never use too much sunscreen.  In the words of Nat, slather that shiz on.

So there you have it, our quick guide to when less is more.  More or less.  Did you read anything helpful?  Are you using too much of anything?  Get chatting below!


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10th September, 2020

I am guilty of using way too much! I think I try to use everything up so I can buy more!

5th September, 2020

I use a shampoo bar and conditioner bar which last me forever and makes it hard to overuse product as you just rub it on your hair (so I feel like I am defs not wasting product)

4th September, 2020

But shampoos often seem to soak in to the hair and the bubbles disappear especially low sulfate ones so I end up using more

3rd September, 2020

I am sooooo guilty of using waaaay too much!!! And showing my age when I’m tempted to follow these guidelines but with the old coins ;)

2nd September, 2020

I'm definitely using too much! I will have to start being aware of it now.

1st September, 2020

I think I probably use too much of everything! Especially conditioner lol I like to really smother my hair in it.

30th August, 2020

I’m heavy handed on them all . Guilty lol

30th August, 2020

I think I use way too much shampoo!

29th August, 2020

I'm a bit the same with conditioner always use to much. Normally good with everything else.

28th August, 2020

I'm heavy handed with serums and moisturisers but not so bad with other things. I generally use more than you suggest here tho!

25th August, 2020

Yes this was helpful and most of them I have got right, except I have been using a bit too much exfoliator - clearly to quote that famous ad “ a little dab will do ya “

24th August, 2020

Oh...dear... seems like I definitely use way too much product for both hair and skin =\

24th August, 2020

Yay I think I have this one spot on :)

24th August, 2020

I think I'm pretty on to it with product amount. No big surprises from this article yay.

24th August, 2020

Ive been hoarding my shampoo and using it sparingly so i guess im winning hahahahaha

28th August, 2020

I just used half a bottle of silver shampoo to try and colour my hair a bit purple. It all washed tho. Jeepers, what a waste ....

28th August, 2020

Which means I'm losing lol

28th August, 2020

Haha maree! Youre funny. You should buy a $5 Schwarzkopf purple and add a little bit to your shampoo, that'll probably get a tinge!


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