Burning My Scalp

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 5th, 2014 14 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

There were tulips blooming along the side of the house so it was probably May in Michigan. I had taken a bath and washed my own hair so I must have been at least seven. I think it was a Saturday morning and I was about to have another hair disaster.

Kc in her Brownie uniform - age 7

The mother of one of our friends who lived down the street had gotten her Tame Cream Rinse for her hair and she had told us all about it. Since me and Judy both had longer hair we had tried in vain to get our mom to buy it for us. I hated having my hair combed out. I remember many mornings sitting in front of the TV as she combed our hair before school. Nothing but snow on the screen most of the time but on a good morning you had audio! It still wasn’t much of a distraction and I thought this cream rinse idea was perfect but she said no.

So, do you remember the Flubber experiment? Well this time the little scientist in me thought maybe if I just put my mom’s hand lotion on my wet hair it would work the same as cream rinse. It made your hands soft so maybe it would work on my hair. After my bath, I rubbed it all through my hair and went outside to play. My hair was still very wet and as the heat of the morning started it drying my scalp began to burn. I mean really burn! I didn’t know what to do so I went over to the hose which was next to the tulips, leaned my head over and soaked my head. Oh, that was so much better – until it started drying out again. I must have gone back to the hose 4 or 5 times. It is probably why I remember those tulips so vividly. My mom was out in the yard working and I was afraid she would catch me going back to the hose so many times. I tried to be sneaky but she finally did and wanted to know what I was up to. Telling her what I had done was very traumatic. Getting in trouble was something I really did try to avoid.

She was furious that I had used her good lotion but she did take me in and rewash my hair so maybe the scolding was worth it!

14 thoughts on “Burning My Scalp

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Hey, I get it. Soft is soft. But, I’m picturing that drying and I can visualize dunking your head under the hose as many times as needed to relieve the pain. Doesn’t it make you laugh to think about how we dreamed of having a cream rinse for our hair and now if you look in anyone’s bathroom there are enough products to open a roadside stand. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Just the term “product” — that sure had nothing to do with hair supplies when we were growing up or even when our kids were growing up!

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  2. Sandy Siegel

    Ohhh .. you poor thing! In a child’s mind it would make perfect sense – if it makes your skin soft, it should work on your hair! Did your mom ever buy the cream rinse you were asking for?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I don’t think we got it until about the time we started skating and she needed our hair to look good.

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  3. Kristi

    I can see the resemblance between you and Amara!

    Isn’t it funny how things can make complete sense as children, but then they don’t turn out exactly as we envisioned? (You using hand lotion as conditioner, for example, or my attempt to make soap out of hamburger grease.) :-)

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  4. Olga

    My hair has always been short, but i remember the trauma of combing out my daughter’s long hair. She was not so compliant and conditioners that promised no tangles were a shopping priority.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Jenna tells everyone about how I scarred her by cutting off her hair when she started kindergarten. All the spray on conditioners did not help — she would scream and cry and I decided I was not dealing with that every morning before school!

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  5. Joyce

    First of all, you were such a cute little kid! Imaginative, too. It makes sense that you would have equated creamy stuff in one bottle with the same thing in another! I am sitting here trying to remember if I did anything as “creative” as that – seems like I might have but just can’t recall. Little girls are good at substituting and compromising when they need to!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Grampy read this post the other night and turned to me and says “You really were a little hooligan, weren’t you?” I like imaginative much better! It is fun that these posts make other people think about their childhoods. I love the stories!

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