Speaking of shampoo, I'm going to speak briefly of ammonium laureth sulfate. Don't worry, don't worry, it's not too boring.
Okay, so ammonium laureth sulfate is this ingredient that They put in shampoo. Its only function is to create lather. Nobody doesn't like lather. Lots of lather makes us feel that our shampoo is being productive. The only problem is, ammonium laureth sulfate is terrible for your hair. It dries it out and strips dye from it, if your hair is dyed, and makes it dull and lifeless. And yet, ammonium laureth sulfate is an ingredient -- often the second ingredient, after water -- in almost every shampoo. Jane magazine brought this subject to my attention (my friend Ivan had mentioned it years ago when he was in beauty school (no he's not gay), but I had forgotten the name of the ingredient) (and by the way I HIGHLY recommend that magazine to any of my female readers -- it is NOT a regular women's magazine, it's fucking awesome and me and Slick have subscriptions for Pete's sake, so you know it's not froo-froo (thanks to Kelly for insisting that I give it a try, despite my reservations)), and they were able to find TWO, count 'em, TWO shampoos without ammonium laureth sulfate in them, and they're both something ridiculous like $50 a bottle. Not your average hair-care-aisle-in-the-grocery-store product.
Now, my point here is not that my hair is dull and lifeless and I am sad about it. My point here is that I am so incredibly insulted that the shampoo manufacturers of the universe think that I'm so fucking stupid and lather-obsessed that I would not be drawn to an ammonium laureth sulfate-free product. I mean, come on here. If some regular brand like L'oreal or Clairol or something came out with a line of shampoo/conditioners, and promoted the fact that they did not contain ammonium laureth sulfate, and quickly explained via 15-second commercial that ammonium laureth sulfate is bad for one's hair, don't you think that that shampoo would have decent sales? I do. Heck, I think it'd be a runaway hit, but I know that it would at least sell reasonably well. But no! They think the average consumer is a fucking moron and won't even give us the opportunity to Say No to Lather. Gah! It really gripes my wagger.
Oh; Or, OR, it's a ammonium laureth sulfate conspiracy.