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.
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!