Stacey Solomon confessed that she hadn’t washed her hair for over 20 days after giving birth to baby Belle, but she’s not alone.
The mental health support worker lives in Formby with her husband and teenage daughter, who is so embarrassed by Clare’s habit of washing hair.
“I have my crops her every two days, because that’s the ‘norm’,” she explains. “I couldn’t bear the thought of anyone judging my oily hair.
“But when my neck started playing up last spring, the thought of washing, drying and styling my hair three times a week was just too much effort.”
Initially, Clare used natural shampoo in an effort to keep fat at bay. Then she scraped her hair back into a ponytail for days, trying not to think about the oily mess on her head as she did the weekly food store.
“I got so lazy,” she admits. “Before I knew it, three weeks had passed and half of my head was greasy.
“At first I was terrified that people would notice and think I was dirty and smelly. Then I realized – who cares?
“I work from home, so no one notices if my hair looks a little dirty. And I don’t care what Tesco shoppers think.”
It took three months (about three washes) for Clare’s hair to adjust to her new habit and stop producing so much oil. That’s when she claims she started seeing results.
“My hair grew so fast and it was so shiny and strong. Even my daughter told me how good it looked,” she exclaims. “She was shocked when I shared my three week hair washing ban. She’s so embarrassed, but I don’t care.”
Clare only uses one bottle of shampoo a year and saves hundreds on her water bill. Trolls can judge her all they want, but she reaps the rewards.
“I only use a pea-sized amount of shampoo to loosen the dirt from my scalp,” she reveals. “If trolls insult me or call me dirty, I don’t listen. They are insecure and probably jealous.
“I don’t worry about my hair smelling because I prefer natural scents – perfume is too strong for me.
My advice is don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. My ‘no hair wash’ habit started because I was lazy, but my hair has never looked or felt better.”