I’m going to share a secret with you. This is something not many people know, based on my fabulous lifestyle: I am not a person one would be able to consider a millionaire. Nope, these flashy threads are just a front. I buy my onions on sale and I pack lunches for The Max for school and I drive to the other side of town (town is 3/4 mile long) to get gas five cents a gallon cheaper. One thing I cannot bring myself to remember to thriftily do is clip coupons. I don’t buy the newspaper, it’s as simple as that.
This week as my shampoo bottle ran empty, I decided to try something different. My personal choice for hair care products is typically Suave. Honestly, the fifteen dollar bottles of Shampoo do a superior job to the 99 cent bottles of Suave. They just don’t preform fifteen times better, maybe one and a half to two times. So, when salon products cost $1.99, I will buy them.
After researching recipes for shampoo and conditioner, I realized I had all but one ingredient, Castille soap. Following a trip to town I had a bottle of the versatile cleanser.
OK, I don’t remember the exact measurements, but the shampoo consisted of Castille soap, water, and a tiny bit of oil. The conditioner was basically a restaurant salad, minus the meat. I measured and mixed and funneled the goop into old food containers.
This is not glamorous.
I was feeling smug as I brought my concoctions into the shower to test them. I lathered, rinsed, but did not repeat. I allowed the conditioner to set in my scalp for three minutes before washing the salad down the drain.
I got out of the shower and my hair was shiny. It felt clean. I thought I had successfully beaten The Man and his overpriced hair care products.
Two hours later, my hair still felt a little damp. I decided to blow dry it. After fifteen minutes under the hot air and with a red face I determined my hair was wet with oil. I was greasy. I’d been defeated.
Reluctantly, I re-washed my hair with the little bit of Suave I had remaining. Stupid crap cleaned off all the grease, and once again my hair felt normal.
So, strike one. But I am not going down just yet.