I Didn’t Use Shampoo or Conditioner for a Month and This is What Happened

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As a person with thick, curly hair that has been color-treated too many times, the thought of showering without my high-end “protective” shampoo and conditioner completely terrified me. My favorite aspect of the beauty world is definitely hair, so whenever I come across a new product for my beloved locks, I have to get my hands on it.

I instantly fell in love with a company called Hairstory because they emphasize the importance of working with your natural mane and breaking the norms of how we were taught to treat our hair. The brands simplicity and ease is perfect for someone who is on the go and doesn’t want to carry their entire hair product collection with them.

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I was particularly interested in Hairstory’s product called New Wash, which claims to wash, condition, detangle, and repair even the most damaged hair. What makes this product so unique is that it is all in one bottle! New Wash consists of a blend of essential oils and naturally derived saturated cleansers, free of any detergents or synthetic compounds. This combination of properties will attempt to reverse the damages that have been caused by treatments such as bleaching and heat styling.

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Hairstory’s ongoing campaign #takeashowerwithus challenges men and women to swap their usual shampoo and conditioner with New Wash for a month and experience its amazing results. If the effects were as amazing as the company presented, I knew that I had to try it. So, I put aside my go-to shampoo and conditioner and welcomed New Wash into my shower routine.

My first day using New Wash, I was skeptical that it would be similar to a 2-in-1, which I absolutely despise. I was pleasantly surprised when the consistency was almost identical to my usual conditioner. Although I loved the feeling that it left in my hair, I was certain that it was only conditioned and not washed. When I got out of the shower and dried my hair, I was shocked. My locks were clean, smooth, and frizz free. I also realized just how quick this product made my shower routine. It completely cut my usual time in half, which is great for when I would be running late.


Over the month that I used New Wash, I can confidently say that my hair has become silkier and stronger. I recently stopped bleaching my naturally dark hair and there was definitely a lot of repair that was needed. Although there is still noticeable damage, New Wash was able to improve the quality of my hair and give it that shine that it had been lacking.

I believe that I will further my usage of New Wash, especially when I am traveling, as it is so easy to throw into my luggage. Besides the “all-in-one” aspect of the product, it is treating my hair with the care it deserves instead of abusing it with harsh detergents.

So, now it is your turn to #takeashowerwithus and learn to love your locks with Hairstory.

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