Meet the Woman Who Didn't Wash Her Own Hair for Years

10/24/2013 at 06:52 PM ET

Blow dry addictionGMA/ABC News

Everyone likes the way their hair looks when they leave the salon, but Sandra Ballantine took that to an extreme — she stopped washing her hair at home, having it blown out in a salon up to three times a week instead.

The N.Y.C. resident admitted to Good Morning America that she was spending up to $250 a week on her addiction, but only realized that she might have a problem when a friend, an editor at W magazine, noticed there wasn’t any shampoo in her house.

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Her pal issued her a challenge: Forgo the salon and skip the dryers, flat irons and hot rollers for three months, and then write about it for the magazine. “I didn’t think I could do it,” she said. “And then I kind of got over myself. I was like, ‘Come on, who cares that much?'”

Ballantine admits she didn’t accept the challenge straight away and found it hard to go cold turkey.”The first time I lathered up and air-dried, I looked like an extra from Game of Thrones,” she writes.

But with some advice from her stylist and some inspiration from the queen of wash-and-wear hair, Kate Moss, she jumped in. “I began experimenting with all manner of shampoo, conditioner, balm, oil, cream, mousse, spray and serum,” she admits. (Her current fave is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day.)

And while that led to some mishaps — like a wet-look ponytail that looked more like a rat tail and a boyfriend who didn’t recognize her — Ballantine says she’s embraced her new look, going as far as to change up her makeup and wardrobe to match her more natural style. “I’ve discovered that softer hair is the perfect foil for stronger makeup,” she writes.

But the biggest payoff of all might be in her wallet: She’s now putting the money she’s saved towards the property taxes on her newly purchased home.

Thoughts? Do you have any beauty addictions of your own?

–K.C. Blumm

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair
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rudy2138 on

Umm.. new flash. You can blow out your own hair. It’s not that hard to use a blow dryer.

Toya on

Women of color do this all the time! Why is this news?

katiebug6785 on

How lazy are you if you are paying a salon to wash your hair for you? The money isn’t even the shocking aspect to this story, it’s the laziness. Even my 80 year old grandma washes and styles her own hair! Holy cow America, get your life together.

Elle on

This is just a pathetic story, for more reasons than one.

Halley on

Man! If I could afford it, I’d totally do this! Nothing better than a good blow out!

Sammi on

This is actually the dumbest article I’ve ever seen

Cariboo on

Why is this news? Because W magazine which I confess I don’t read needed filler material for 3 months just like the faithful Royal section readers of sometimes find non-royal mentions of Hollywood stars or the K clan.

Stassi on

A minute wasted at reading this.

LisaB on

Up to $250 on her hair a week?! The article states she went “up to 3 times a week”. This is spending $83.33 per trip to the salon!!!!! She’s hitting around $13,000 a year for hair care. Seriously! Why? If you just want a thrice weekly blow-out go to one of the cheapo hair shops and pay about $10 – $12 for a shampoo and blow dry. Yikes!!!

Kate on

I don’t wash mine or my child’s hair everyday. It dries out the hair and ravages the cuticles. We wash about twice a week or when the scalp smells like it needs a wash especially after a workout. I have heard some people, especially this European lady say she doesn’t bathe everyday. Even if a person doesn’t bathe everyday at least wash the parts that should be cleansed if one has a propensity for mal odor.

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