Thursday, August 20, 2009
Close to Nowhere
I really do hate pink!
I have to admit that the normal chaos and trauma of “back to school” has been a little different around our two houses this year.
Not only do we have a “patient” camped out in the living room, we have all these bandaging supplies, etc. stacked everywhere. Pop is well on the road to recovery, but we still have all this “stuff.”
Painting and etc. have also resumed, now that Pop is only technically a “patient.”
I spent the entire past weekend painting and putting up border in the living room and the various halls that connect to it. I only have pieces of the front wall and pieces of one of the halls left to paint. And the ceiling is already cut in on those!
I would have finished, except Pop made me go to bed around 11:30 or so Sunday night. Something about even though I had skipped church to paint, I really did need to go to work on Monday.
All this could be considered outside the lines of our normal chaos and havoc. But, this year’s traumatic beginning of the school year was even more dramatic with the addition of removing pink hair dye from blonde hair!
Meredith has been fooling around with odd hair color for some time now. She’s 13, so that explains almost everything, right?
Food dye worked well and washed out well during the last school year, but...
A week or so after school was out, we were looking at “real” hair dye at a drugstore in Memphis near where Pop was in the hospital. Mere found this stunning fuschia pink “Splatt” color that said it was “semi-permanent and washes out in six to eight weeks.”
And it was stunning! She had neon pink hair most of the summer. Funny thing though, it didn’t seem to be fading much.
As school got closer and closer, we began to worry more and more about the pink hair. Schools don’t like kids with odd colored hair, as it’s distracting. (I really agree with this! Her pink head was very attention-getting!)
First, we Googled how to remove semi-permanent hair color. Simple Green (a wonderful product, good for many, many things), mixed with baking soda, didn’t do a durn thing to the pink. Neither did vinegar. After three or four experiments with the hair on Mere’s head, I cut off a really pink bit and began experimenting with that.
Even with the blondest bleaching kit we could find, we had pink hair. The only difference was it was Norwegian white blonde with pink streaks.
Several “golden brown” dye kits later, the pink is finally gone.
I hope so, anyway...
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