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December 8, 2008

If, while poking through the dark recesses of the bathroom cupboard, you find a partly-used tube of deep conditioner that you have no recollection of purchasing, throw it out immediately. Do not, under any circumstances, put it on your hair.

Trust me; I have experience with this. I am currently on bad hair day three, which is quite a feat considering my usual “style” is pulling my tresses back into a braid—kind of hard to mess that up. On day one, I thought maybe I just hadn’t rinsed out all of the conditioner and took a wet washcloth to my head after realizing it wasn’t that my hair was drying slowly, it was that is was greasy. The washcloth treatment didn’t seem to help very much, but I was mostly going to be hanging around at home the rest of the day, so I left it be. On day two, I thought my usual shampoo would fix things right up. Not so much. Today, I tried some Neutrogena shampoo, which is supposed to be good for removing residue. That helped some—the comb no longer leaves track marks—but my hair’s still not remotely shiny. I’m not sure what comes next: Dawn dishwashing detergent? hats as a fashion statement? professional help?


One year ago, no entry.

Two years ago, I made peace with my Belkin thanks to a friend.

Three years ago, I concluded I’m not a wild knitter.

Four years ago, I documented my first quilt.

Five years ago, I did a weekly check-in. I wish I felt that energized about my goals now. I suppose there’s no reason I can’t try to get back to that state. For instance, I could reinstitute keeping a food diary, starting today. Sure I’m feeling down in the dumps about a lot of things lately, but I can feel down and still keep track of what I’m eating.

Six years ago, no entry.

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  1. Veronica Says:

    It may not be the oldness of the conditioner so much as the deepness of it. This happens to me a lot, too, because I do horrific things to my hair with a hairdryer to get it to not look like a big fluffball (and therefore need some powerful grease to protect it), and there is a very fine line between enough conditioner to make it look nice, and so much that I look like I never shower.

    Also, did you really make a Magritte quilt? That may be the coolest quilt I’ve ever seen 🙂

  2. rhubarb Says:

    Just wondering–are you sure it wasn’t hand lotion or body wash you put on your hair? Sounds mighty stubborn and greasy to me.

    Suggestions do not come to mind, except maybe shave your head and wear a wig. Good luck!

  3. KarenD Says:

    Veronica, the Magritte-esque quilt in my header is a digital creation only at this point; I combined a photo of an actual fabric quilt I made with the hat image I’ve been using since my Diary-X days.

    rhubarb, yep, it was conditioner (Pantene Touch of Heaven or some such–it went out in the trash this morning), though I must admit I have on occasion mixed up products so that was a good thought.

  4. Angela Says:

    Well, the last time I got a really horrendous dye job, I was made to understand that there are actually shampoos that can “strip” the hair, and I would assume that the same principle would be at work here. I heard that a good thing to do was to buy a cheap shampoo with henna in it (I know you used to be able to get VO5 for like a buck a bottle) and try washing with that. It has a rather drying effect, as well.

    Also, this whole episode sounds like something that would happen to me. Except I would have had something important to do the next day. Like photograph a wedding or make a presentation to a room full of people I needed to impress.

    Good luck!

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