So I decided to do something productive today.
In fact, I am contractually obliged; i.e. by my new year’s resolutions, that Contract of Doom I have of course made with myself yet again this year, despite the fact that the previous twenty years’ (TWENTY YEARS!!!!!! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?) vague promises to “be more positive” have so far yielded nothing but an ever-deepening well of cynicism to do at least one productive, life-enriching thing each day. There are some exceptions to this. Work, for example, doesn’t count. Not even if you do it at home. Nor does loading and unloading the dishwasher, although other varieties of housework obviously do, since they need to be performed less frequently-at least in the den of filth that passes as my home-and have a less immediately obvious expediency. For example the dishwasher needs to be emptied in order for me to re-use the dishes that are housed within, whereas I can still sleep in my bed even if the sheets haven’t been changed for six months.
Anyway, as well as going to work and unloading and reloading the dishwasher, I decided to dye my hair.
This was mostly an excuse not to go to the gym.
The gym also counts as a “productive thing” but I am as yet udecided about whether it could also be classed as “life-enriching,” unlike dyeing one’s hair, which is of course a sublime experience.
At least my grey hairs will be covered.
I hope. That was the aim anyway. I shall be much affronted if I spend the next half an hour on my knees on the cold, hard bathroom floor rinsing rancid brown liquid from my hair, colouring the entire bathroom walls in the process and more importantly, missing the whole of Miranda, only to find that I am left with the same four hundred or so stubborn wiry bright white hairs sticking out of my head at odd angles.
My hair can stick out at odd angles all it likes, as long as it isn’t grey.
Righty ho, just returned from lengthy sojourn crouched over bathtub. Ten minutes left of Miranda. Not bad going. No crippling neck pain either. I am liking this Garnier stuff. It remains to be seen if the Evil Greys have been banished forever. Well, they always say “forever” on these hair dye things, don’t they? Or at least they imply it with their “permanent” moniker. Nothing is permanent. All life is impermenent. And in Hair Dye Parlance, “permanent” just about covers two months.
Still, I am hoping that those two months will buy me some brown-haired time well into the first trimester of my phantom pregnancy with my would-be baby that is due to start in about four days’ time. It may help you to know that I am conveniently calculating pregnancy the same way a staunch American conservative would, not from conception or even the maturation of the egg, but from the beginning of the development of the dominant follicle. In other words, day one of my period. Yes this is too much information, but believe me you are going to hear a lot worse over the next few months I guarantee it. Or at least I virtually guarantee it. Leaving a bit for margin of error-e.g. what if the test results I’m waiting on before I can go ahead with treatment show that I have some hideous disease, like one of the many brands of hepatitis, or worse, and this turns into an “oh no I have a horrible disease” blog. That would be truly awful.
Anyway, I digress. Life is too short to be worrying about whether I have any of the many brands of hepatitis. I have hair to dye.
And The Internet isn’t sure if that’s safe in pregnancy.
In fact, such is my state of absolute paranoia that I have even pondered among my many musings on the state of my egg cells, whether hair dye might not only *possibly* be unsafe during those tortuous days of the first trimester, when virtually nothing appears to be certified safe and one may as well be wrapped in organic cotton wool and placed in a warm oxygen chamber for three months with a drip feed of folic acid, but even in the stages the precede it. The stages that I desperately hope I am currently in, e.g. those precious few months pre-conception when my body is a temple to the god of the maturing egg.
What if hair dye is the cause of all chromosonal abnormalities in human egg cells? What if declining egg quality in older women is directly proportional to number of grey hairs and consequently amount of dye used trying to disguise them? WHAT IF GARNIER NUTRISSE IS A FANCY FRENCH NAME FOR CONTRACEPTIVE???? Any of these things could be true!
I bet the US political and religious right have something to say about this. Probably something like “Evil Beautifier of the Female Head Belies Deadly Secret” along with some pictures of aborted foetuses.
This is all too much to bear. I’m off to eat Nutella out of the jar to make myself feel better.
OH NO NUTS AREN’T ALLOWED EITHER. God preserve us.