Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dear Shampoo Girl

Dear Shampoo Girl,
       You are an enigma! In the true sense of the word. Ever since I was old enough to understand what you were doing on TV, I have been trying my best to understand what the hell is the secret of your happiness. For years now, I have seen you grinning from ear to ear, happily rubbing the lather into your scalp and I have begin to believe that you have just cracked the mystery of everlasting joy. You have the key to heaven’s door. And I think you are not human. You are definitely an angel with supernatural powers. How else can you explain keeping your eyes open while shampooing your hair? You don’t even squint ! And your face...Its perfect ! The lips are shiny alright and the makeup is intact. In fact your face is barely wet. How do you manage it? I swear, for us normal mortals, there is a lot of lather-flowing-down-your-face, eyes-burining-like-hell,face-wound-up-in-an-ugly-grimace when we shampoo. Yes, inspired by you, I did grin into the bathroom mirror. And yes, I did look very happy. But that was only until a stream of lather found it’s way into my open mouth. And it did not taste good at all. Not that I thought shampoo tastes good, but you know, with all the strawberry and grapefruit extract....I thought...err....never mind.
       Your boyfriend wore sunglasses to ward off the glare from your shining hair. And as you walked down the street, your hair swung from end to end, like a garden swing. And when the wind blew right into your face, you flashed your million dollar smile again and pushed a strand of your luxurious hair away from your face (without squinting). Why is it that when I walk down the street and the wind blows into my face, my hair blows out in all directions and I end up looking like I just got out of bed? Is it because I don’t smile enough in the shower? I surely do think so.
      
Thank you for enlightening me about the “extra bounce”,“deep moisturizing”,“intense conditioning”,“damage repair”,“hairfall control”, “anti-dandruff” variety of shampoos. I tried all of them one bottle after the other. The extra bounce shampoo bounced away from the bathroom shelf and ended up in the loo. The deep moisturizing shampoo leaked from the bottom and moisturized the bathroom towel. The damage repair shampoo damaged my hair and sent it out for repair. My neighbour used the hairfall control shampoo and his hair does not fall anymore (Let us forget the fact that he is bald now). He is now using the anti-dandruff shampoo to rub his pate into shining perfection. He has nothing to lose you see. Your shampoos sure do live up to their names ! And yes we are all happy people now. Thanks to the extended usage of your various varieties of shampoo, we have now learnt one of life’s most important lessons. That not matter what name you call a shampoo by, at the end of the day, all it does is to wash your hair! As good as a soap solution. Period.
        Being your loyal fan, I do wish that you continue to smile as you always do and may God bless you with many such happy moments under the shower. May your life be filled with sachets, tubes and bottles of the wondrous liquid. And may your boyfriend continue to wear his sunglasses.
        So yeah, the shampoo did not quite work out for me like it did for the Shampoo Girl.Sad and sullen by the anti-climax, I had almost given up, when I saw the detergent lady on TV,grinning ear to ear as she emptied a heaped spoon of detergent into her washing machine. Time for me to do the laundry! Maybe that is where I will find my nirvana. Amen.
       Detergent girl, here I come! Let’s wash away baby! :-|



19 comments:

  1. i once tried washing my hair with a normal bath soap n i liked it much more than a shampoo....but owing to the hue n cry of my doc cousins saying soap has more ph or some stuff that damages hair n scalp i resorted to shampoo....now i dont care...u know why.. :P

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  2. LOL...I tried soap ONCE, when I ran out of shampoo..hated it :P Best variety of shampoo is the one that they use on babies..It has no "extra bounce","hairfall control" angle to it..It just does it's job and washed hair well :) And oh yeah, I sure do know why you dont care anymore :D ;)

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  3. Sushma BasavarajuJune 11, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    good one :)

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  4. Ha ha ,Very Nice, I really enjoyed it:) and I really appreciate your writing skill

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  5. @Sushma and @ITKannadigas : Thank you! Keep coming back :)

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  6. Ha! So true, why doesn't it get in her eyes? And why is she so happy? I agree that at the end of the day all the shampoo does is clean it. My husband is a hair stylist and he told me that it's pretty much all the same. I wonder if shampoo girl would agree.

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  7. New to your blog, and I will say to this post: Hahahahaha!! Wow. That was very entertaining. And I have the same sarcastic view towards this advertising style too. It's like, "If I walk out of the mall with lots of shopping bags with pretty colored gift tissues protruding out of them, will I all the sudden have the urge to walk with a 12" high bounce and wildly laugh too? Hmm...hm." So ridiculous. I wish they would just show a true slice of life. Not grim, but not scary clown happy either.

    O.F.C.J.

    www.overwhelmingfullness.blogspot.com

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  8. @Holly Renee : Your husband is a hair stylist? Wow,you are so lucky!! I have been having trouble trying to find the right stylist for me in Bangalore...The lady near our place messes it up big time :-| And add it, my shampoo woes and you will get a picture of how difficult it is for me to keep my short hair in it's place :D

    I am sure shampoo girl would agree with us if they stopped paying her ;)

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  9. @ O.F.C.J +1 to your view on advertising! And really glad that you enjoyed reading this post :) I sure do hope that someone will someday make a shampoo commercial that will not freak us out ;) Inspite of all these ads that lack creativity, there are some that have simply blown me away.Should write about them sometime soon :)

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  10. This is hilarious! I can attest to the fact that shampoo tastes blech.

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  11. I have tasted almost ALL shampoos that I have used ( I swear I am normal) :P

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  12. I am first time to your blog, you write good!

    The above post, awesome... I wonder how an adv maker react if he happens to read this... ;)

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  13. Hey Karan! Thank you so much! :) Glad you enjoyed reading this post...Well,I am sure the guy/girl who make these advertisements would be equally disgusted with their work :P Poor fellows have to do their job, is'nt it? ;)

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  14. I have never seen an ad with an unhappy ending.I enjoyed the post a lot.

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  15. I loved reading the blog and having been grinning more than the shampoo girl all through....
    Very good sense humour Pavithra. Keep it up...

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  16. @Varsha : Thanks a lot! :)
    @Farila : Good to know it made you grin :D Thank you! :)

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  17. Stopping by from BlogFrog! I loved your about me, that's what drew me in and I love your posts so that's what will keep me here!

    I'm a new follower!

    I love this post about the shampoo girl!haha
    And the one-upper, I have no advice, when you figure out how to handle them let me know your secret!

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  18. Hi Kate!!
    Thanks for stopping by :) Truly glad that you liked my posts..Please do come back! :)

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  19. Hehehehehe..... :) .... too gud pavi.... started reading your posts :)

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