Jul 3, 2018
I get it, I’m not getting any younger, but my pride took a hit the other day when I received a package from my father (who lives Tokyo). It was this:
At first I wasn’t sure what it was, so I had to look harder to see that it’s a type of shampoo. (Hey, in my defense, it had Gundam on it, and “hair product” isn’t where my head first goes when I think of an anime centered on giant robots fighting in space. Maybe if it were Dragonball—those Saiyans have some voluminous hair...but I digress).
I still had shampoo, so I socked it away in the cabinet until the next time my dad called, “Hey, son, did you get that shampoo I sent you?”
Me: “Yeah. Did you get it because it had Gundam on it?”
Dad: “No—well, the Gundam was cool—but I got it because it’s supposed to be good for thinning hair.”
Okay, so I gave it a shot.
I read Japanese, but I’m not an expert on the kanji associated with hair products, so instead of actually learning what the shampoo does to promote regrowth, I’m just basing this off of how this stuff is different from what I’m used to back home.
First of all, the nozzle is made so you apply the shampoo directly to your scalp. I’m guessing that’s to hit your hair and roots at the follicle for MAXIMUM IMPACT (I assume maybe it means something more if I write it in all caps).
The next thing I noticed is that my scalp gets all tingly. I mean, that same tingly sensation also happens to occur when rinsing the shampoo out, which, although it feels nice on my scalp, doesn’t feel as nice on my eyeballs. But again, I digress.
The last thing I noticed is that my hair does feel more voluminous. I have no idea if it’s actually promoting regrowth, but hey, my hair is fluffier these days so I guess I’ll fake it til I make it.
That--as the shampoo is named--is what I call, “SUCCESS!”
Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.
Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).