I will stop at nothing to pursue a promising beauty hack. I’ve been known to douse my locks in rice water and cover my eyelashes in cotton balls, so let’s just say I’m not scared of a little experimentation. Recently, I’ve been hacking my skincare routine by using micellar water to reduce time spent on makeup removal. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how effectively it cuts through heavy-duty products and buildup on my skin, so I decided to take a walk on the wild side and use it in a bizarre new way.

Micellar water is known for being very gentle and non-irritating, but it still packs enough power to dissolve the boldest lip stains and melt away waterproof mascara. With this in mind, I figured it would work wonders on my oily, third-day hair. More and more brands — including Kerastase, Charles Worthington, and Redken — have recently debuted their own micellar water shampoos, so I had high hopes for my own take on the buzzy wash. Read on to see just how I did it, and if micellar water became my new favorite shampoo.

Hit Up the Drugstore

There are a ton of different micellar waters on the market, but for this experiment, I went the drugstore route. Since I knew I’d be using a considerable amount of the French girl beauty staple, I wanted to make sure it was affordable. I opted for Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover ($9).

Scrub and Rinse

In the shower, I poured about a quarter of the liquid directly onto the roots of my hair, where it was the oiliest, and rubbed that ish in for a good 30 seconds. Then, I gathered the length of my tresses in my hands and poured half of the remaining water onto it, ensuring all of my hair was coated. I lightly rubbed the strands to get a gentle cleansing effect.

I rinsed twice, from the roots of my hair down to the ends. I ended up using the entire bottle of product for this experiment because I have long hair and I wanted to ensure it was evenly coated. You can definitely get away with using less if you have a shorter length, though.

Did It Work?

Using micellar water definitely got my hair clean. It didn’t look or feel greasy after I styled it, but it also wasn’t shiny or soft — I attribute that to the lack of shampoo and conditioner. Beyond that, it’s not realistic for me to spend $9 every time I want to wash my hair. But it’s good to know that I can rely on my trusty micellar water if I’m ever in a pinch or pressed for time. Is there anything micellar water can’t do?!

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