Before I get into how I got through half a week without washing my hair, let me tell you a short (hair) story.
For years, I used to have lioness hair—long, puffy, dry, and frizzy. It doesn’t look too bad in the photo above, but it was basically a big ratty mess which I refused to comb.

Last year, I (accidentally) had it chopped into a pixie cut. I say accidentally because I didn’t realize the end result would turn out so short!
I kept it that way for a year because I feared—feared—the growing-out phase. However, at the start of this year, I finally decided to suck it up and grow out my hair. It has reached a point where it’s more of a bob (a sad-looking one!) than a cropped cut.
So, since I have nothing else to lose—sad bob and all—I decided to challenge myself and go for as long as I could without washing my hair. After all, dry shampoo and dry conditioner are all the rage now, right? Gulp.

I used Bedhead / TIGI’s Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and Dirty Secret Dry Conditioner for the duration of this challenge. Such apt names, don’t you think?
Here’s what happened.

Day One: I washed my hair the night before with Shiseido’s Super Mild Shampoo and the matching Conditioner. I let it air dry as usual (I don’t have to towel off aggressively because my hair’s short). Before leaving the house, I spritzed on a bit of dry conditioner to make my hair look shinier, smoother, and softer. At the end of the day, I’d like to think my hair still looked fairly decent!
Day Two: It wasn’t all that bad! I’ve gone a day without washing my hair a number of times. So waking up to day two of of the no- wash challenge wasn’t that much of a big deal. I sprayed on a bit dry shampoo to add a bit of volume to the crown of my head.
Then, I sprayed on a bit of conditioner around 4 inches from my roots all the way down to my ends. Ta-da!
Day Three: My hair was a teensy bit greasy and fell flat on my head.
If I had long hair, I would have definitely tied it up into a messy bun or a ponytail. Since this isn’t the case, I had to make do with what I had. I sprayed on a bit of dry shampoo and attempted to add volume using my fingers.

Day Four: By the last day, my mop felt extra heavy and looked flatter than the day before. My scalp felt greasy and a bit itchy. As much as I enjoyed using the products, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the dry shampoo and conditioner buildup that must be sitting on my head! This day marked my limit: I couldn’t wait to shower and wash out all the gunk.
Which I did, that very night. Phew!

Now that the four days are over, I definitely see the benefits of using dry formula cleansing products!
1. Convenience. The whole routine of washing your hair and drying it can be such a hassle, especially when all you want to do is flop on your face.
2. Moisture. Dry conditioner keeps your natural oils locked into your hair, while dry shampoo removes the oils in your scalp!
3. Volume. These things definitely add oomph!
4. Grease Control. The fact that I wasn’t running to the shower by the end of day two, even in humid Manila weather, says a lot.

But will I skip washing my hair all together? Definitely not. Plus, in a climate like ours, there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice, cool shower!

Photos by Rosanna Aranaz