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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fiona on

everyone should wash their hair every other day or else it starts to smell. i can tell immediately (when on the train) who has dirty hair – i can smell it.

owen s on

?She must make a whole lot of money to pay $250.00 a week to a hair dresser…give me a break………sad if true………0

pinky on

Clearly her editor friend at W must “know” some people to get this written. This is a story?? I live in NYC and lots of us ladies do this, no big deal…
Newsflash…they even opened salons that do nothing but blowouts…imagine that!

Karen on

Waste of money. Her hair doesn’t look that good in the salon photo. Very thin hair.


My cousin is a model…never washes her own hair..

kalie on

This is probably just an advertisement for Living Proof’s “Perfect Hair Day”, since it has a link on it. — or it’s a very slow news day.

Carrow on

Lol an extra from Game of Thrones :-D

I have super thick hair and if I could afford it I’d have someone else wash my hair too!

ana on

my mother in law has been doing that for twenty years

Jorge on

She is a young lady, meaning she hasn’t washed her hair since she was little.

Jorge on

She is a young lady, meaning she didn’t wash her hair since she was little.

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