Nicole Keen
Nicole Keen

Hair Products: How Much Do You Actually Need?

There is such a thing as giving your hair too much love. And unfortunately, excessive washing and heat styling plus excessive product use (hairspray addicts, I’m looking at you) can add up to one no good very bad hair day (eek!). Personally, I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I’m definitely a wash and go girl (except when it’s -40 outside), but I also recognize the power of a good hair product and its ability to tame and control my mane. The only problem is, I never know exactly how much mousse, cream, etc., to use. If you don’t use enough, you won’t notice any results, and if you use too much, your hair feels sticky/greasy/weighed down all day. Well, it turns out your spare change—time to dump out the ol’ piggy bank—can help you figure out exactly how much of your fave hair products you actually need. Keep in mind that the following is a rough guide: If you have thicker, curlier hair, you might want to use more product, and if you have extremely fine hair, you might want to use less.

Many of us underestimate the amount of mousse we need, but it turns out a blob approximately the size of a loonie is just right. It may sound like a lot, but if you distribute it evenly throughout your locks it’ll be hardly noticeable—except for that added volume and body!


It might be tempting to super-size your hair’s serving of serum, but a quarter-sized amount is all you really need. More than that and you risk being stuck with greasy, limp strands for the rest of the day.


Crispy, sticky hair is THE WORST, so don’t use more gel than you absolutely have to: a dollop the size of a nickel should do the trick, giving you carefully controlled locks minus the ick factor.