We all use the stuff (at least I hope we all do, if you don’t, gross, what’s wrong with you?) and we all eventually run out of the stuff and extremely inconvenient times. We also, upon running out, have all tried to make use of whatever we can find as a makeshift hair-cleaning substance out of sheer desperation. It never works in the same way, and possible side affects can include nausea, headaches, receding hairlines and even impromptu and reluctant colour changes (N.B. If you have actually experiences any of the above please contact your doctor/hairdresser immediately).
But what specifically interests me about this subject is the difference between men and women in this respect. For my research I headed into my bathroom and took a tour of the shelf. I live with 2 other people and what I discovered was most interesting:
1 x Garnier Blackhead Cleansing Scrub (Results from day 1, that’s a big promise… )
1 x Sunkissed Raspberry Herbal Shampoo (with matching conditioner. I used this once, it made my hair smell like bubblegum)
2 x Aussie Shampoo
1 – Aussome Volume (lol)
1 – Miracle Moist (I’ve heard my housemates arguing over who these items belong to, it’s interesting how possessive we can be over our toiletries)
2 x Aussie Conditioner
1 – Miracle Moist
1 – Mega Instant (made with Australian Kangaroo Paw Flower, excuse me!)
1 x Tresemme Shampoo with Matching Conditioner (I love using that stuff, it makes me feel like I’ve just been to the hairdressers…minus the borderline erotic head massage…)
2 x Pantene Aqualight Shampoo
1 Full, 1 Empty (I’ve only just realised)
1 x Gilette Men’s Shaving Foam (Question for all of the gentlemen currently reading this: Is it not harder to shave in the shower, because the foam simply washes off? Plus, doesn’t it help to have a mirror in front of you? Unless this foam is not specifically confined to use on my housemate’s face, in which case I don’t want to know).
1 x Clarins Men Active Face Wash (as opposed to a passive/lazy face wash?)
1 x Simple Invigorating Shower Gel (This is mine, fresh mint goodness: 1 vital vitamin, 2 skin loving nutrients, 0 perfume or colour…as you can guess, I have sensitive skin).
1 x Simple Moisturising Facial Wash (Foaming!? Why have I not seen this before?!)
1 x Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Compliments of my mother)
1 x Half full bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil (locks in up to 10x more moisture – where have you been all my life?!)
1 x Pantene Aqualight Conditioner (I have no idea why this is so far away from it’s shampoo counterpart…)
1 x Lynx Africa Revitalising Shower Gel
2 x L’oreal Men Expert Shower Gel
1 – Anti blocked Pores with exfoliating micro beads (oooooo, very posh)
1 – Hydra energetic foaming cleansing gel (No doubt used many a morning after the night before)
I know what you’re thinking, there is something intimate about the details of a Bathroom shelf, but I always feel it says an awful lot about a person, or in this case, a group of people. Between the three of us we have several different grooming rituals. I myself claim ownership to 5 out of the 20 items I have just listed. Once our respective supplies run out, however, we tend to use each others which leads to rationing, shortages and eventually strike. One of us will eventually give up and head to the supermarket to restock.
I have come to the conclusion that boys and girls are not so different when it comes to grooming. They have equally extravagant ways of maintaining their personal hygiene. I used to think that boys’ hair was a force to be reckoned with, perhaps with the use of some Fairy Liquid or Cif. However, my findings have well and truly proved me wrong.