I just realized that it has been a year since I last used shampoo.
No shampoo, no conditioner. 365 days. More than a year, by my calendar. It almost seems strange.
I haven’t shaved my head in a few weeks and my hair is starting to grow in a bit. Well, more than it has all year, and anyway, my head itches. I have that itchy flaky scalp thing that I’ve always had. Except that when I could afford to buy lots of razor blades and shave every day or two, I didn’t. Presumably because I was shaving away the layers of dead and dying skin that would otherwise be caught in the mesh that is my hair. Now, those shampoos designed to treat itchy, flaky scalp have mostly worked for me. Nizoral worked, and even T-Gel worked, which I always thought was great because the ‘active ingredient’ in T-Gel is coal tar. I remember back in the day when coal tar, petroleum, and all sorts of other things modern people wouldn’t consider healthy to consume or rub on one’s body were sold as cure-alls. Now I can buy coal tar shampoo, and by golly, it actually cures my itchy, flaky scalp.
Except that I haven’t much thought of shampoo in a year. The only bottle in my shower is my anti-bacterial body wash. I’m not even sure if I’m equipped to be growing my hair out like this. I’m going to have to go through my closets and try to find my old bathroom stuff and see if there’s and old shampoo waiting for me. I would be especially pleased if it would do something about my scalp problem.
I was holding off shaving until right before my interview, which was supposed to be this week last I heard (I’ve emailed to follow up, but haven’t heard anything back yet), so I would have a presentable head. I’m running out of razor blades and money to pay for new ones. I may have to just let my hair grow out, willy-nilly at this point.
I don’t know what I’m going to do. For a couple of months I used my electric shaver on my head, but it clogs up really fast when covering the surface area and hair density of my head, even when I pre-clear my head with clippers. Oh, and it takes longer and doesn’t shave as close without a lot more effort. Sigh. I suppose beggars can’t be choosers. I’ll decide something. Soon.