A conversation with a good friend of mine, a professional hoarder, got me thinking that I should start tossing some stuff that I just don't use anymore. So, today in the shower, I began to look through the oodles of bottles of hair conditioner I've accumulated over the months (er, ok over the years). You might be wondering why so many bottles. Well, just to give you a little background, my hair is very thick and wavy and I, of course, like to wear it straight. So, in my never-ending battle to keep it straight and smooth and non-damaged, and colored to cover the gray, and highlighted... let's just say I tend to splurge just a little bit on hair conditioner because the labels always promise to make my hair shiny and smooth. Hey, the models on the labels have really nice hair! Anyway, it started me thinking on some of the worst advice I've received from hair stylists over the years. Here's a just few that come to mind right away:
- Smooth mayonnaise over your hair, wrap in a towel and leave on for an hour, then wash. Result: Silky, smooth and smelled like a salad for 3 days.
- Massage Olive Oil into scalp, wrap in a towel, and hold head under heat lamp. Result: Clean hair looked greasy. Took 3 separate washings to finally look and feel clean again.
- Use (expensive) hair conditioner to shave legs. Result: I actually fell for this one, not realizing that this was his sleazy ploy to sell me more of this conditioner. Did it work? Well, I suppose it was ok, if you don't mind switching blades instead of rinsing them because the "shaving cream" was so thick and gooey that it wouldn't rinse out of the shaver. Cost: $45.00 for 8 oz of conditioner, $12.00 for 4 blades (per shave). Back to good ol' Gillette!
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