Tuesday, January 31, 2012

About That Headache

Last night I couldn't sleep.  It was one of those nights where dreams are weird and relentless...First I'm lost driving down the interstate, but then somehow I'm WALKING, only it's like an interstate in that I can't just turn around.  Then I'm somehow in a car wreck...And it's MY FAULT, but I have no idea how it happened.

Ugh.

Brent's alarm went off at 4:20, as usual.  I snuggled up to him for a few minutes, but really couldn't wait for him to get out of bed...I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I physically kicked him out of bed. 

Literally.

His alarm went off.  He didn't want to get up.  I was tired and irritable and I just literally shoved him out of the bed.

Because I'm loving like that...

Anyway, I couldn't sleep, and once it hit 5am, I decided it was time to get up and color my hair.

Ooh!  Ooh!  Did I remember to tell you that I got hair color for free!  You betcha I did!  I got a coupon in the mail for a free John Frieda Hair Colour foam.  I was excited to try it, yet fearful because it was a totally different application method than I'd ever done before.  I had wanted to try it out last night, but was on call, and you know a  sure fire way to get called in is to do something stupid that can't be interrupted like coloring your hair...

Anyhoo.  It was 5am.  I decided to color my hair.  Before beginning I very carefully read the instructions.  I decided (as I do every single time I color my hair) to ignore the skin allergy test.  I mean, really people.  I can barely be bothered to read school newsletters that my kids put on the table in front of my face! 

So.  Right off the bat I decided to ignore the stupid skin allergy test.  The next bit of advice was to "apply water resistant cream around the face."

Water resistant cream.  Water resistant cream....Hmmm...

VASELINE!

I had no Vaseline...What to do.  What to do.  What. To.  Do.

It was moving on toward 5:30.  I had to get the girls up at 6am.  My precious hair coloring minutes were tick tick ticking away...

Now, I confess I've never applied water resistant cream to my face either, but my old brand never recommended it.  What if John Frieda's hair color would stain my skin more?  I didn't want to go around with dark purple streaks on my skin!  (Red hair colors have purple in them) 

This post is really boring me.  I apologize.  But I will persist.  After all, this story MUST be shared.

In a moment of shear desperation I pulled out...

Preparation H.

Yep.  You heard me.  I was on a mission and I was NOT going to let a little thing like lack of Vaseline or A&D ointment deter me!

I defiantly placed a dab on my finger and smeared a thin layer all along the edges of my face, the tops of my ears, and even along the back of my neck for good measure.

And then I began to color...

A few minutes into the application process I developed a splitting headache.

'Cause y'know as a nurse I understand how Preparation H works. It CONSTRICTS your blood  vessels.

So strangely it gave me a headache.

And it lasted until about 9am. 

But my hair turned out GREAT!  And, the John Frieda rinses out much easier than Loreal, so if it holds its color as well, they may have made a new customer out of me!

Oh, did you want to see a picture?  Well when i got home from work and decided that I needed to blog my stupidity I decided to snap a picture with my phone..


Whoa!  That was scary.  Let's try this again...


I don't know.  Is that any better?  Apparently taking a photo of oneself with a phone is harder than I imagined...Let's just go for JUST the hair, okay?






Well, that's as good as it gets...


So, what other uses have YOU found for your random tube of Preparation H?

8 comments:

Dawn said...

supposedly Prep H is good for sagging eyelids but I've never tried it. Your hair looks good. It takes lots of practice and retakes to get good self portraits with your camera. So you'd better practice...

MommaMindy said...

A facelift and a hair coloring at the same time? You are genius! Always love hearing what is happening in your world, because I know you will always make me smile. :)

Freckled Hen said...

Your hair looks great! Thanks for the smile this morning- I feel less guilty about sometimes "accidentally" waking my husband so I can watch Little House and have the whole bed to myself.

KiteFlyer said...

Is this true confession time? I once accidentally used an off-brand Prep H for sore muscles. I didn't look at the label that closely to see if plainly said "hemorrhoid" in bright red letters. There weren't any adverse effects, but my muscles weren't soothed, either.

Megan said...

And that's why I'm too lazy to ever color my hair! And I fear I'm getting a headache already in sympathy!

Paula said...

Oh the challenges of staying so darn beautiful!

Ask your nieces and nephew how to take pictures of yourself. I've noticed by high school this talent is fully developed.

Taylor said...

5am? That's crazytalk.

It looks good! Your first picture was oh so scary! :)

Anonymous said...

I think it may have been the dye that gave you a headache, this same brand of hair die gave me a bad headache!