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It’s Sunday evenig and Betoota Grove woman, Grace Springwater (27), is contemplating whether or not she should wash her hair before going in to work tomorrow.

While it may seem like a simple and easy decision to make, for Grace, there’s much more thought that needs to go into it.

“Ugh. If I wash it today, then by Saturday it won’t be clean for lunch with the girls”

“And it’s such a hassle, can you see how much hair I have? Not only do I have to wash it, but I have to dry it – that process takes at least 1.5 hours!”

But there is a trick, or a lifehack as our editor calls it.

Talcum powder is made up of talc, a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula HMg(SiO) or MgSiO₁₀(OH). In loose form, it’s most commonly known as baby powder, but in the world of the lazy hair-washer, it’s a lifeline.

“You just sprinkle a little bit on your hair – shit! Too much came out”

“Ok so yeah, little bit in the hair. Then you kind of just pat your head and ruffle your hair until it’s more or less gone”


Grace presented her now marginally less greasy hair to our reporter, who gave her a nervous smile before bidding her farewell.

The Advocate understands that the chalky discolouration of one’s hair is the price you have to pay if you can’t be bothered to wash you hair.

More to come.



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