I have struggled with oily hair my. entire. life. No-poo method? Tried that for a month. Dry shampoo? Used them all. Cleansing foam? Well, now that’s different. Enter the Waterless Cleansing Foam ($10) from Batiste. The new product is designed to tackle dull hair in between washes, acting as an alternative to dry shampoo. It features a lightweight, foam-based formula that goes on wet and dries in one minute, leaving you with “fabulous, fresh, clean-feeling hair without stepping in the shower,” according to the product description.
The Waterless Cleansing Foam comes in four different scents, each targeting a different hair concern: coconut milk to add shine, cactus water to hydrate, almond oil to strengthen, and hibiscus root to smooth. Batiste claims that the product is “uniquely formulated to make second or third (or fourth!) day hair look revived, feel soft, and smell amazing.” To see if it lives up to the hype, I put the Waterless Cleansing Foam to the test and didn’t wash my hair for four days.
Before starting the experiment, I gave myself a few guidelines: no shampoo, conditioner, or any other styling product outside of Batiste’s range of cleansing foams. As someone with extremely oily hair who washes every other day, I was hesitant. And I’ll be the first to admit that I love a long shower — music playing, hot water running, is there anything better? — but I was willing to give it up for four days, with hopes of finding a product that could finally manage my oily-hair problem. Here’s what happened.