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

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Nanu 08 on

Lots of females have this done so whats the big deal? Sounds like this female was lazy…..

Dee on

Quite a misleading title..

linda on

I expected this girl to have beautiful hair, what happened???? She sure wasted alot of money.

Trish on

How is this news. There are many women out there who don’t… especially black women.

Tiff on

What a tart.

Olive on

This is a story? Seriously? Tons of celebs and rich people get their hair done regularly. Will the next headline be “Meet the woman who has never cleaned her own house?”

Amp on


Seriously though? Who has that kind of money to blow on getting your hair done that many times a week? Yeah, it’s her money, but wouldn’t she have preferred just saving up for her own house?

bfd on

First world problems.

Yvonne on

If I didn’t wash my hair every day I’d have greasy hair. I’ve tried it many times because some friends only washed every three days or so. Yeah that didn’t work for me. Not even close. I even tried shaking on a little baby powder and rubbing through my hair and that didn’t work either. I don’t know how other women got so lucky in that department. My scalp doesn’t cooperate.

Is she Dumb or Lazy ? on

She paid for her hair to look like that for years…. Ummmm … She Can’t do that herself ? Really ? Is she that Dumb or just Lazy ?

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