I asked myself this question while searching for a bottle of hair conditioner at an obscenely overstocked store. Each time I buy conditioner, which is infrequent because I am a frugal conditioner user, there seem to be more available options.
So, I turn into the aisle of hair products, easy to spot thanks to the large sign in bold type that reads Hair Products.
A lengthy aisle, this aisle of products designed to unfrizz, bring a sheen to, thicken, manage and tame human hair. (Just have to say, if my hair required taming it would be styled in an inch high Mohawk or six-inch long bob. No wild hair for me!) Not only long, this aisle is also double sided because one quarter mile length of aisle can't contain the volume of shampoos and conditioners. They have to be extended to the opposite aisle.
Prior to entering the Every-Hair-Product-You-Didn't-Know-Existed-And Didn't-Know-You-Needed aisle I had a simple three part plan:
Find the conditioner.
Remove it from the shelf.
Purchase the conditioner.
Do you remember a time when all libraries had a central card catalog system? In know, the question is abrupt and
unrelated to shampoo, but bear with me. A familiar sight to library users, these catalogs housed paper index cards, either loose or skewered at the bottom by a metal rod that was connected from the front of a long wooden drawer to the back of the drawer.
A small public library might have one like this:
HereYeHereYe, all managers of Super Stores! These marvelous reference systems need to make a resurgence and be installed in your Hair Product, Pain Relief and Personal Hygiene aisles so not-fond-of-shopping people like myself aren't forced to take eleven minutes out of thirty that they'd planned for running errands to find a Single Bottle of Conditioner.
Is my ranting voice coming through loudly and clearly?!
Really, what is available for humans to maintain clean hair is embarrassingly out of control!
When I was a kid, which, in comparison to the age of our planet was a mere twenty-five thousandth of a millisecond ago, the bottle of shampoo you'd see in our bathroom would be one of these:
hair never acquired the lustrous look they claimed it would.)
I realize more than these two shampoos were available to the world at large. Either my family was limited to what the air force base commissary and exchange had in stock or my mom just liked Breck and Prell. Either way, those two shampoos got the job done.
I don't understand what has changed so much since my childhood years that we must have half a city block to house all of today's shampoo and conditioner choices. Human hair hasn't changed. It's still protein filaments that grow out of follicles in our skin.
them to have healthy looking hair when they fill in those ballots.
About those wedding photos I keep promising to share; having trouble downloading them to this page but I was
able to get three to cooperate.....
By the way - I couldn't find the conditioner I wanted. Or maybe it was there and was lost amongst the competition.