The Model Hair Experiment

Day 1: at job with freshly washed and tonged hair

A little experiment that I decided to carry out last week; I didn’t wash my hair for five whole days. Five days and three hours, to be precise. Undoubtedly, some readers will think that this experiment is quite gross, and others will be shrugging their shoulders and saying, “so what? I don’t wash my hair for weeks at a time!”

There were a few different reasons for why I suddenly had the urge not to wash my hair; firstly, I’m trying to prolong the vibrancy of the gorgeous colour gloss that I’ve been having applied at Kennaland. It’s semi-permanent, and so the more you wash your hair, the more it fades – I just wanted to see if I could extend the colour’s ‘lifetime’. Secondly, I loved the curls that the hair stylist created on my job, and I wanted to see how many days they would last for. Lastly, I was just curious to see whether leaving my hair unwashed would be pleasant and easy, or just totally unbearable.

I took a photo on each day so that you could see how the curls fared. I think they looked pretty cool on day 5! I would have kept going with the hair washing, but my head was starting to itch! Also, (I’ll have to describe this as we don’t yet have ‘smell-o-vision’!) my hair started to smell a bit weird. A mixture of bacon crisps and pineapples, and then, on the final night, Chardonnay. That was because I managed to chuck a glass of wine over myself during a heated discussion about Back to the Future II.

Overall, leaving my hair unwashed wasn’t too bad at all – it didn’t really get as greasy as I would have expected. I did have to pep it up halfway through with a bit of Batiste, but it was nice not having to style my hair – the curls stayed in brilliantly and just looked better and better over time! I would only do this again if my hair had been styled as thoroughly as last week; I think that if you didn’t have a great shape set in, your hair could just look lank and dirty! Also: easier if you have blonde, dryish hair, I would have thought!

Day 2: gorgeous 'slept-on' tousled waves...

Day 3: a little limp and greasy at the roots...

Day 4: after dry-shampooing the roots with Batiste, is full of body!

Day 5: smells of bacon crisps, but LOVE the texture and volume!

Ruth CrillyThe Model Hair Experiment

9 Comments on “The Model Hair Experiment”

  1. Mercee

    You done well! Impressed with the length of time you managed to keep those curls. I have naturally curly hair and I usually wash my hair once or twice a week depending on whether I feel it needs it or not, it doesn’t get greasy till day 4 or 5. It looks good for the first three days and then I either wash it or just tie it up. I like the volume and clean look Batiste gives you but I’ve not tried it yet because I have brown hair and don’t want to look like I’ve been in the attic for years…

  2. Debbie

    God knows what I do when I am asleep – I could never do this cos I wake up each morning looking like I have been pulled through a hedge backwards, so every morning I wash my clean hair just so that it doesnt look like I have a dead cat on my head. How I wish my hair looked that fab without washing!

    1. admin

      Haha! Believe me, this is UNUSUAL. I think it was just totally dried out from all that curling – and it did require quite a lot of dry shampoo from day 3 onwards!

  3. Sami R

    I would never be able to do this because my hair gets greasy the day after I wash it! But I must say your hair on day five looks amazing! xx

    1. admin

      I know – crazy isn’t it?! I was a bit worried that things would start living in it though….. ugh.

  4. Nic

    Wow! This is dedication to the beauty cause! My hair is far too greasy to dry this…even with dry shampoo! Your hair looks awesomeon Day 5 though! xxx

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