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Dirty Hair Creates Beautiful Hair

Updated on January 15, 2014

Why Dirty Hair, or Skipping a Shampoo, is Good for Your Overall Hair Health!

As strange as it may sound, washing your hair less can make your hair more manageable and better conditioned. Colored hair will keep it's color longer with less frequent shampooing. Damaged hair will regain some moisture through natural hair oils. And curly hair often looks better a day or two after shampooing.

If you're afraid of having greasy roots, this page will help guide you through the process of getting to the point of washing your hair only a few times a week if not once a week! It's not gross, it's good for you!

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Second Day Hair. Image thanks to Kennedy Garrett
Second Day Hair. Image thanks to Kennedy Garrett

Training your Hair to go Between Washings

Get rid of greasy roots

These tips will help you go from washing daily, to washing every other, every 2 or even every 3 days. Some celebs are rumored to only wash a few times a month.

Step 1: Pick the schedule that best suits you, but know with every shampoo you skip, your hair will thank you for it. If you're still a bit leery, start with every other day.

Step 2: For the first two weeks, go an extra day in between washing than what you want your hair washing schedule to be. So in the case of every other day, go every two days. Your hair is going to get greasy fast at first, but you're training it not to do this.

Step 3: You'll probably want to leave your hair down after shampooing with as little product as possible. Second day feel free to wear as you wish. Third day will probably require an updo, hat or give dry shampoo a try. I like to use Steam Curlers on my second or third day hair, it always looks refreshed, check out my page on Caruso Steam Hair Curlers for more information.

Step 4: Repeat the cycle and you will start to see your hair is less greasy on day 2 and day 3 and the overall condition of your hair will change.

Note: For mornings I wake up with a massive case of bedhead, I keep a misting spray bottle full of water, spritz a bit and it calms the rolled in the hay look back down to a manageable level.

Dry Shampoo - Eliminate greasy roots fast

Dry shampoo can work wonders at making hair that is starting to look a little greasy look fresh again. Especially useful when training your hair, or if for some reason you need to go a day or two longer without a shampoo than you typically do. A little bit of dry shampoo goes a long way. I will repeat, a little bit goes a LONG way. Also, different kinds work on different hair types. I had to try several before I found one that worked way more magic than the others ever had.

To use dry shampoo simply make 4 vertical parts and spray or shake a little powder into each part letting it dry/absorb a few seconds before moving to the next part. Brush out the excess with your fingers, massaging a bit into the roots. Style as normal.

got2b Rockin' It Dry Shampoo, Encore Fresh 4.3 oz
got2b Rockin' It Dry Shampoo, Encore Fresh 4.3 oz

This is my personal favorite dry shampoo. It has a powerful spray that doesn't go EVERYWHERE and gets the job done well. You may have to try a few brands before you find the one that works with your hair type.

 

Hormonal Hair

You may notice your hair gets a little greasier on day 2 or 3 depending on the time of the month, this is all due to hormones. Dry shampoo is your friend on these days.

Hair Training via YouTube - How to get started

Tips on training your hair and how to use dry shampoo properly!

Dirty Hair doesn't Mean Dirty Body - Don't skip your daily shower, but keep hair dry

These shower caps may look silly, but they keep your hair dry and will cut down on your primping time in the morning. Next time you're at a hotel you might want to snag a few as spares. I like to use the cheap ones to put over wet hair that is drenched in a deep moisturizing conditioner. Leave the cap with the conditioner in your hair as long as you like. Once you rinse your hair will feel amazing.

Hair Accessories - Updos look and hold better with unwashed hair

Hair is easier to mold and extra shiny the day after a shampoo. It's the perfect time for an up do. These products can help and inspire you with quick and stylish up dos. I use the heck out of my Goody Spin Pins. They make it so easy to throw your hair into a messy, but cute bun that actually stays in place. As a bonus these don't pull on my hair and hurt my head like normal hair ties sometimes can.

For When you Do Shampoo, try WEN - This product has made my hair so soft and manageable

I've been using WEN exclusively since August 2011 and love the results. I no longer shampoo, just condition. I discovered my hair has a beautiful natural wave that is never frizzy. My hair color is more vibrant and when I do have my hair colored I have very little fade and can go much longer between colorings. This product is amazing, though it can take awhile to get the hang of using. I recommend doing a little research to understand the product before diving in.

Try Curls - To avoid greasy roots

Image thanks to tibchris
Image thanks to tibchris

Use rollers to add body and volume to your hair. The added volume helps lift the roots off the scalp, preventing excess oil from being absorbed by your hair. Great for second day hair, follow a third day with an updo. I recommend Caruso Steam Curlers which are gentler on the hair and require less product to keep the curls in place.

Scarf Braid Tutorial - For days you want to wear your hair up

I actually find I want to wear my hair up on days I shampoo now, but this would also work to hide hair that's getting a little dirty. This style is super cute and will leave you with soft waves when you take it out.

Hats, Headbands and Scarves - For bad hair days

If all else fails, hats, headbands and scarves are your savior.

Save your Style while you Sleep - Bonus: no more sheet wrinkles on your face

Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase
Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase

Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase

A silk or satin pillowcase is a dream to sleep on and can keep your hair silky smooth while you sleep. If you toss and turn at night, you definitely need to swap to a satin/silk case to save time fixing your hair in the morning.

Lazy Day Deep Condition - Restore your hair with a mask

Taking a day when you aren't going anywhere is the perfect time to deep condition your hair.

After shampooing, apply a good hair mask. I really like the Neutrogena mask below which can be found easily at drugstores, but lately I've been using a layer of Aveda deep conditioner with Moroccan oil hair mask laid on thick over it.

Instead of washing it out after 5-10 minutes you're going to leave it on for hours, really as long as you can stand it. While still in the shower I like to use my Goody spin pins to wrap my hair up while still well covered in the goop of the hair mask. A regular hair clip or bobby pins could work too. Then I tuck all my hair under a cheap shower cap that I only use for this purpose.

I'll get back in my pj's and tuck a hand towel around my shoulder to catch any drips and go about my lazy day. When I feel like it, which is sometimes a good 3-4 hours later, I'll go rinse it out. Your hair should feel amazingly soft and silky once dry.

Share About Your Hair! - What's your favorite hair washing schedule?

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How many days do you go between shampoos?

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Have tips on keeping your hair in tip top condition? Have you tried shampooing less and seen results? Do share!

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      Uzuki Gems 3 years ago

      I went the extreme route when trying to regulate my scalp's oil production. Though, I've done a lot of weird DIY thing to try to manage my hair, so for me this is a kind of normal experiment. I went about five weeks without cleaning my hair at all. It was gross and miserable, but I could get away with it because my default hairstyle was always a bun. When I was done, though, I could go a week to a week and a half without having to wash my hair. Oil doesn't generally start appearing for five or six days, now, and it works really well for me.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      When I was younger I used to wash my hair every single day because I thought you were supposed to. As I've gotten older, I've learned that my hair looks and feels best when I only wash it once or twice a week (usually on my gym days.) I also love using dry shampoos in between . I straighten my hair and it stays straighter and less damaged the less I wash it with actual liquid shampoo. Great information on this lesn

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm trying to go more days without shampooing. Since i have really oily hair(provably due to excessive shampooing) i used to shampoo everyday 2x a day which was extremely damaging(more dry, brittle and prone to split end hair) so I went to once a day without much change. So for the past few weeks I've been shampooing 1day and just wetting my hair when I shower massaging my scalp the next day and shampooing the next. I really do see results with the ends of my hair being softer and shinier and I can finally see my brown hair! Hehe. I want to try to go 2 days wetting followed by shampooing until I can skip at least 3 days. I can already Imagine how gorgeous my hair be xD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I do my very very best to go as long as possible between washes. I manage fast food restaurants and even though I don't work the line anymore, I still absorb some of the smell. Because of this, it makes it hard for me to go too long. I am an absolute clean freak and a "smell good" freak, so when my hair doesn't smell right I get upset. I don't have a problem with skipping washes because of greasy roots, but the smell of my hair. It doesn't stink, but it just doesn't smell fresh and clean and it makes me feel very self conscience. I use good smelling dry shampoo and lots and lots of perfume haha. Another issue I have Is my hair feels weird the next day. The end of my hair feel very crispy, I'm not sure why. I think some of it may be due to product that I use. I normally wash at night and either every other day or every 2 days. I would love to just stop washing all together, but the smell issue and where I work hinder this, and I'm not sure if it will ever be a possibility.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The less I mess with my hair, the better off it is. But I do go through spurts of giving myself a head massage. The best tip I can think of is work on yourself, inside out, including your rooted belief systems. Change is evident in a 3-4 year span. And it's permanently beneficial.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A few years ago i was experiancing bad..i mean bad dandruff.it used to be just in the winter i would have a dry scalp but after it didn't stop once spring/summer hit i needed to do sumthing different but didn't know wjat.i had tried all the dandruff shammpoos but nothing helped.i then went thru a period of depression& would go a week withoyt taking a shower&washing my hair.rhankfully i. not a sweater& didn't stink(or id like to think i didn't)during that year i had no dandruff issues(i had like pencil earaser chunks at sum points.bad)so after i started feeling more myself i kept up with only washing my hair once a week(use 2take a shower& wash my hair every day or everyother day) & where a shower cap when i do take my daily showers.my hair texture has changed too. when i was little i had that stick strait indian hair but my mom made me perm it when i was 12& its never been the same since(fizzy from mid ear down)i thought that was my hair type but when i changed my shamppoing schedule i found i do have my old fine stick straight hair back little to no frizz!!its not as thick as it used to be either(don't know if i like that or not)i used to need those big thick hair bands& even then they would break often&now i use the thin tiny ones but i do like my texture better& NO MORE DANDRUFF!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello so i used to wash my hair every day and i noticed that even though it didn't look brittle it felt not as soft so i started washing my hair only once a week!!!(disgusting you guys might think) but ive never had softer hair i deep condition twice a week and now i love my hair (:

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      tlc1210 lm 4 years ago

      I wash my hair twice a week and always get compliments on it. People can't believe that i can get away with washing twice a week. Wen is a big help too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to wash my hair everyday, my hairdresser then suggested using a dryshampoo to use every other day when I don't wash my hair ! Washing my hair every day was really damaging and drying out my hair . When I first starting doing this routine my second day hair would be horrible , now (about 3-4 months) down the line waking up on the second day my hair is still a bit greasy but I only add a little dry shampoo to the roots !

      I recommend putting your hair up at night and keeping your fringe off your face as oily skin = oily hair when it's all on your face !

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      mfunk5 5 years ago

      I've tried to go without washing my hair but it clumps together super icky style... I need to invest with a dry shampoo. Though, I've tried rubbing baby powder on my scalp and brushing it out, and that seems to work well.

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      I enjoy just washing my hair with conditioner, it leaves my hair full of moisture instead my hair being stripped by shampoo. Great lens!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I've tried washing my hair every other day with shampoo and those days in between with conditioner only. Will have to try using just water and see what happens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Mistalina: no boi

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very useful information on topic of great importance to me. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe try rinsing with luke-warm to water rather than hot. Hot water will strip away natural oils which may make your skin produce more oil. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw loads about this and that I'd only have to leave my hair unwashed for 3 months before oil production would slow down and my hair would look ok. Inspired, I took to regular hot water washes but dropped the chemicals from my routine. Unfortunately, after 3 months my hair was still unbelievable lank and greasy from the root to down below my ear (I have shoulder length hair). Sick of not being able to have a life (it was visibly greasy even when up) I decided to wash with a pea sized amount of shampoo, I thought that because I hadn't washed it for so long oil production may have calmed down and I may be able to wash on a weekly basis or every other day at the very least. Sadly this was not the case either, throughout wash day my hair was fine but the next morning it was as greasy as ever. I'm now battling to get it to a weekly wash but I simply do not believe this no shampoo business works for everyone. Any advise on where I went wrong greatly appreciated, since it's looked dreadful for over 3 months I'm sure I can go a little longer to get this right!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw loads about this and that I'd only have to leave my hair unwashed for 3 months before oil production would slow down and my hair would look ok. Inspired, I took to regular hot water washes but dropped the chemicals from my routine. Unfortunately, after 3 months my hair was still unbelievable lank and greasy from the root to down below my ear (I have shoulder length hair). Sick of not being able to have a life (it was visibly greasy even when up) I decided to wash with a pea sized amount of shampoo, I thought that because I hadn't washed it for so long oil production may have calmed down and I may be able to wash on a weekly basis or every other day at the very least. Sadly this was not the case either, throughout wash day my hair was fine but the next morning it was as greasy as ever. I'm now battling to get it to a weekly wash but I simply do not believe this no shampoo business works for everyone. Any advise on where I went wrong greatly appreciated, since it's looked dreadful for over 3 months I'm sure I can go a little longer to get this right!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't washed my hair with shampoo in what is now 2 going on three months. I will never use shampoo again. What is do is wet it and for loose hair on the front, I put a little conditioner there or around my head for bounce. My hair is very dry and curly, It responds well to this. Hair products aren't needed and there will be a time when I feel my hair entirely healthy where I will not use any all together. Ever since I stopped washing my hair I noticed a 100% turn around, my curls have come back and my hair is begging to get thick and longer. My hair has been damaged for 2 years and up until now not washing it has been the only remedy. In the past two year I have not used any heated products and have tried many products to regain my hair. It would just fallout and fallout. But only till i stopped washing, have there been any changes.I have gone through many haircuts and tried everything. I swear. Only thing that worked to getting my curls back

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      howdoyouspellst 5 years ago

      Wow! These are interesting tips. I've heard that it's best not to wash your hair every day, but I love the feeling of clean, fresh, shampooed wet hair right out of the shower. Great tips!

      Blessed by a SquidAngel!! :)

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @myraggededge: Thank you for the kind blessing! Wow, that's extreme to go 3 months. Not sure I could last that long, but how awesome to know her hair came out gorgeous.

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      I remember my ex telling me about a cousin of his who stopped washing her hair and wore a hat or turban style head covering for about 3 months. When she brought her hair out to public view again it was glorious, glossy and sweet-smelling. Great lens. Blessed :-)

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      i never really thought that keeping your hair this way would help in making them better.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      My hair looks better if I skip a day of shampooing. Great tips on keeping hair looking its best.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I could eat a can of tuna a day, great protein, but I'd worry about too much mercury over time

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      Great tips, great lens! Thank you for sharing.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Well done:)

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Well done:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @pixelposy: Not enough iron could be a problem. I know that Crystal Gayel eats a can of tuna everyday and attributes her healthy hair to maybe because of that. I personally can't eat a can of tuna everyday.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: I don't know for sure, but I would think that washing would add additional stress to your hair, so it could be very true that less shampoos help you keep the hair you have. I hope your condition improves. Low iron can make you feel tired too. No fun!

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @jackieb99: If done right there is nothing "dirty" about it! :)

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @Lironah LM: My husband abides by the same theory as you. That if you don't use lotion, you won't need lotion. He swears by it. I've not tried skipping conditioner... as I like how my hair feels after a deep conditioning, but maybe I should give it up and see how things go.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @carlajo73: Do you color or use heat tools on your hair very often. I have noticed my hair has dramatically improved, but it still gets damaged by the color and tools.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: Let me know how it works. And yes the first few weeks are the hardest!

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @Brite-Ideas: I envy you. I wish I could get to that point. My hair is pretty fine though and stick straight, I've found 3 days is my max.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I love how cool the silk is when I first lay down. The great hair in the morning is nice too!

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @BeaGabrielle1: Thank you very much Bea!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      For whatever reasons (chronic low iron is what the Doc says), my hair has been falling out for the past year, so I stopped washing it daily in the shower. I don't know it it's psychological, but I seem to lose less hair by not washing it daily.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I totally agree! I only wash mine every 3 or 4 days, and people think it's gross, but it works for me!

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      Lironah 6 years ago

      I wash mine only every other day, though I won't go out in public if it's been longer than that. It's not a style issue for me - it just doesn't feel dirty until the third day. I never use conditioner either, or any type of skin moisturizers (except for on my knuckles during the winter) because they make me feel greasy even fresh out of the shower. I do double shampoo on the days that I wash, though, sometimes with different types of shampoo to get all the grease out.

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      carlajo73 6 years ago

      I have done this for years!! My hair is pretty thick but straight. I hate the way my hair looks right after I wash it. In fact, when I do wash it, it is right before I go to bed so I can sleep on it. It looks MUCH better in the morning. Maybe I am one of the luckier ones, but my hair is in great shape and I could actually even skip the conditioner if I was in a rush! there is definitely some truth to all of this!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I am trying this out, but it is not easy. I hate greasy hair! Guess the key is not to give up easily.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I can actually go 5 days between washings - and you're right, you're hair is the better for it (my hair is curly (when not flat ironed!) and very dry so it's easier for me to extend washings.

      Good lens idea ;)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I use a fruit deep conditioner.. but the best is honey and yogurt!

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      BeaGabrielle1 6 years ago

      I've had lots of fun reading this! Thanks for sharing. :-)

      Hey, I just shared this on FB, too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. Sounds like good advice, and I do like silk pillow cases.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @MoonandMagic: I have heard that from other people, that they prefer their hair unwashed than the day their hair is freshly shampooed.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @Carterpants: Very much so, I wake up with way less wild hair.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, although I wash MWF and try to go over the weekend without when I have more time to style dirty hair :).

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      @KarenHC: I felt that way too, and it does take a little patience and some strong will to skip the shampoo, especially while you're in training those first few weeks. If you give it a try, make sure you're armed with a good dry shampoo in case you just can't stand it on the second day.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I've been intrigued by this idea -- waiting longer between hair-washings. My hair is so fine, and moderately short that it looks absolutely horrible after a night's sleep. I feel I have to wash it to be at all presentable when I go out. Otherwise my hair looks limp, lifeless, greasy, etc. I could try not washing it on days that I'm not working, but I still think I'd need a hat to go out in public :-) Very interesting lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My hair has never been healthier since I gave up washing it daily. Now I wash only twice a week and love it. Wonderful lens, thanks!

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      Carterpants 6 years ago

      Did the silk pillow cover help?

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      I always try to leave mine a few days, it's just so unruly for the first 2 days!! Interesting lens!