Thursday, July 29, 2010
Shrinky Dinks may be harmful to your hair!
We made Shrinky Dink jewellery with the tweens and teens in two different groups. I managed to drop pretty much every split ring I picked up and couldn't seem to make a pair of earrings without one of them ending up on the floor. But that's not the story...
We were using the Dremel sander to make pins and stud earrings...and a ringlet of my hair became tangled in the machine and twisted my hair up to about my ear! (My hair is waist length, so I had about 24 inches wrapped around the shaft of the machine!) It took about 5 minutes to get it untangled and Raymond finally had to trim off the end to extract it! What I ended up with was something akin to a dreadlock, and I was convinced the only way to fix it would be to cut it. EEEK! (I also managed to cut my hand and crack the corner of my nail at the same time. I did mention I was accident prone today, right?)
When I came home, I immediately went into the bathroom and sprayed my do-it-yourself-by-accident dreadlock with my favourite leave in conditioner (Wedding Cake scented) and muttered a little prayer to the Gods of Hair that it would work. I left it for a minute or so, then brought out the brush. It took a little more work than normal, but I'm pleased to say I managed to save my hair!
What did I learn today? I really should have my hair up when crafting, but I've been suffering from horrible muscle spasm based headaches for just about a year now and I can't put my hair in a ponytail or bun without causing some serious no muscle relaxant can help and even Botox is kinda ineffectual type of head pain. So what I really learned is that cetrimonium chloride can handle the knottiest tangles!
For some reason, cetrimonium chloride is getting a bad name right now. Whole Foods won't allow it in their products and the Swedish department of the environment (can't remember the name - I did mention I have a wicked headache, right?) seems to have issues with quaternary compounds and the environment. But I have to say, after today's experiences, cetrimonium chloride could punch me awake every morning square in the face and steal the spare change out of my car and it'd still be welcome in my home!