Ah, Facebook. Recently, a discussion about hair products took centre stage within a Fan Page on Facebook. While the comments began with tips for frizzy hair, they soon turned to unusual concoctions used to cleanse hair. Both past and present day recipes were offered up on the social media page.
I was surprised by some of the choices and I was inspired to write a related poem.
By Christy Birmingham
My hair used to be short in length
And now it runs past my shoulders,
Running me out of money
As I squeeze out quarter-size amounts of shampoo to
Cover the mane, satisfy my mirror, and
Verify my self-image too.
How about a hair serum, the salon girl asks,
As she runs her manicured hands through her deep-brown tresses.
Perhaps I should try that avocado hair mask recipe,
The one ear-marked in the Cosmo magazine
That I bought for the five fast exercise tips
(I think there is a half-eaten avocado in the fridge).
Wait, I think it’s time for a cold one,
No, not to drink:
My mom told me she used beer as a hair conditioner
Before I was born.
I do have a jar of mayonnaise in the kitchen
That I can put on my head,
And need to try an egg wash for the tresses as well.
I am creating a dish for my hair,
To fill its expensive stomach that
Gobbles up products from drug store shelves.
On the bright side, I just might look
As beautiful as possible –
And make good use of that avocado in the meantime.
©2012 Christy Birmingham