Recently I was having a deep discussion with a friend, and she revealed—get this—she doesn’t shampoo, rinse, and repeat. She only shampoos and rinses! I’m pretty sure that “shampoo, rinse and repeat” was originally found etched into Middle Eastern papyrus scrolls thousands of years ago, so I was stunned that my friend was flouting the sacred rules. Since then I discovered that the shampoo rules have changed. Changed! I didn’t know this because I can no longer hope to read shampoo instructions, plus I figure that since I’ve probably washed my hair some 17,000+ times (I did valuable research on this one by consulting my calculator), I possibly had it down by now. Not so.
In fact, thanks to other valuable research, this time implementing my trusty Old-People-Magnifier-Plus-Light-Apparatus-Sold-in-Drugstores-to-Keep-People-Like-Me-From-Overdosing, I discovered fully half of my shampoos do not require the repeat. The madness!
I also discovered another interesting fact: some of my shampoos have clothing in them. One, for example, claims it has silk in it, and the other has pearls. One is wearing cashmere. I find it depressing that my shampoo dresses way better than I do. Where is the shampoo wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a taco sauce stain, or maybe with fleece and scuffed Reeboks in it?
I also discovered I have a lot of shampoos. There’s the one that makes my hair smell like my grandma’s house, if my grandma had lived in a spa in the South of France. Never mind that it makes my hair look like Grandmamma Addams and is insanely expensive—it gives a whole new component to the idea of personal fragrance, so I am willing to make the trade-off at times. Then there’s the one I got using a coupon. I don’t like it very much, but I’m so proud that I managed to remember the coupon—an actual unexpired one—that I just can’t throw it out. Then there’s the one I bought because it was supposed to do something wonderful for me, but since I can’t remember what that was, I hang onto it in case it comes to me. And then of course there’s the one I really use.
How many shampoos are in your shower? And The Most Important Valuable Research Question of all: do you still repeat?