Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
Diana NguyenHair Type:
We handed Diana a can of Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo
and wished her luck.
"It's only been one day in, so it looks pretty normal. It may be a little more oily than normal, but I could just be paranoid," she wrote. The next day, she applied the dry shampoo, but the buildup at the roots was starting to make her a little nervous. "I used dry shampoo today, so it's provided a bit more texture. The dry shampoo worked pretty well. Usually, by now, my hair would be really ridiculously greasy, but it looks pretty normal. It's getting harder because the germophobe in me is starting to freak out a bit. My hair isn't noticeably different, but I can tell I'm about to play some weird mind games with myself."
Eventually, Diana felt she could add more effort...and styling aids. "I definitely notice styling and curling my hair when it's dirty is easier. Curls and waves usually fall out within a few hours, but with dirty hair and hairspray, the curls hold all day. I used some dry shampoo on my bangs and ended up with a nice, volume-y 'do for the day."
By the first weekend, the urge to shampoo started and paranoia set in. "It's getting harder because the urge to wash it is getting stronger. I was outside all weekend, and when my hair wasn't in a bun, the wind was whipping my hair all over my face, which probably made it even more oily. I'm probably noticing it more than the people around me. Every time I explain what I'm doing, they say, 'Wow, but your hair looks great!" Sugar coating or mind game? Who knows?"
By the time Monday rolled around, valiant efforts were made. "I dry shampooed the heck out my hair to absorb the weekend oil but now I realize it's really dry, especially the tips. It's nice to not have to shampoo my hair in the shower. Today, I just massaged (the dry shampoo) into my scalp, brushed it through my hair, and tied [my hair] into a side braid and left for work. Pretty effortless, which I can also get behind. Though, I am noticing my scalp starting to itch a bit."
During that second week, Diana finally decided to brave a workout. "I've been avoiding the gym in fear of inducing a sweaty, more oily head of hair, but today I finally went. I went home and ONLY rinsed my hair to my chagrin. Once dry, my hair felt pretty gross — very, very slick like petting a snake but without scales." Ew. Then, her scalp went into full-fledged revolt. "My scalp is starting to get flaky, which is causing dandruff problems, which is very bad for someone like me who's prone to wearing black. I think the overuse of products is starting to agitate my scalp. I usually have very sensitive skin."
With the end in sight, Diana stopped trying to style her hair and resorted to wearing a hat. "My hair looks pretty good considering I'm wearing it in a side braid and under a beanie," she journaled. "But, if I wasn't, my hair would look like a mess. I think my hair has finally given up. It doesn't absorb the dry shampoo as well it did before. There's flyaways everywhere. And, my scalp feels itchy, which is causing me to itch, which is causing dandruff. Not good."
And, the urge to reach for the sudsy stuff? Overwhelming by the end. "Hard. So hard. Well, hard because I have this irresistible urge to wash my hair and because I'm paranoid that I'm radiating some form of odor, but easy in a way, too, because I literally tied my hair in a basic braid and threw on a beanie. Thank god it was freezing today."