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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Please on

Caucasians are among the many races of people with some of the easiest hair to manage, yet they can’t figure out how to do simple sh* like wash and blow out their own hair and spend mind blowing amounts of money at the salon only to come out looking exactly the same.

Ava on

What a vain, selfish woman! Get over yourself, girl.

Laura Hensley on

For that money she could have gone to beauty school and learned to do it perfectly herself.

Terri on

I wish I could take my hairdresser home with me bc I can never get mine to do what she can get it to do …Unforunately I can only afford to go about 4 times a year if that …..

fiehnphoto on

I wouldn’t have time for that. I hate getting my hair & make up done because it takes too long. Wash & walk Baby! Besides it looks like her hair is actually very damaged from all that.

ladywriter7 on

I wash my hair myself; it saves money. I have Head & Shoulders, Leave-in Conditioner, a hair straightener and hand dryer, why do I need to go to the saloon?

Sunny on

My 90 year old grandmother hasn’t washed her own hair in probably 65 years. She has been going to a hairdresser every Friday since she was around 25 years old.

Sunny on

Many women have their hair done at a salon on a weekly basis.

SJMommy on

Please do not sit or stand next to me. Whether you are with a male or female partner, they love to smell fresh clean hair. Bonus if it smells like nice smelling flowers or sweet smelling fruit. Sounds like you are lazy or piggy.

Elle on

Trust fund baby problems!

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