Looking your best

There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors. ~ Tennessee Williams

Perhaps a slightly exaggerated perspective but one that got me thinking about the trip.

Maybe it’s a bit of a girlie thing more than a bloke concern. Although I do know of some of my male crew mates who are concerned about the lack of personal hygiene facilities – namely a shower at least once a day.

For me it’s more a hair issue.
Why is it that everyone else looks better (or do they) and what does that say about my own perception of me?
It’s surely about what’s on the inside that really counts.
Well yes, however in the work world in which I inhabit, first impressions, “looks” seem to count.

My hair normally is quite wavy, I can generally do what I want with it – and yes, I even “iron” it! However, a hint of moisture in the air and imagine a poodle that has put its paw in an electric socket – or for those of you old enough to remember, the tight 70’s perm – so not a good look.

And I like to wash my hair every day. One day more just about survivable. But 3 or more!? Combine greasy hair with poodle frenzy and you’ve got the look.

On my last off-shore training we tried and tested a hospital boil in the bag hair wash. Like a thick plastic shower cap that you’d normally microwave, or, in our case, soak in boiling water for a few minutes. Place over hair and massage. Felt great for a few hours, smelled clean and then became sticky.

The happy poodle after boil in the bag hair wash.

The happy poodle after boil in the bag hair wash.

We’ll leave that one.

Could do a GI Jane look but I like the warmth my hair offers.

My friend Anne tells me that after a week I’ll smell a bit like a wet sheep and then my hair should begin its own self clean program. I’m not totally convinced, salt crystals might scupper that a little.

Then there’s dry shampoo. Imagine the build up over 3 or more weeks. Icky.

One of my followers is a beautiful Siamese cat called Bailey (I kid you not) and he has the most beautiful fur – should I ask a cat for grooming tips – btw, not just any cat, a gloriously regal “boat cat”.
Then again, my crew may abandon ship, or worse, throw me overboard if I start licking myself clean. And fur balls probably aren’t such a good thing to ingest for a human.

My resolution – wear a hat, accept what is and sure as heck don’t look in a mirror.


3 thoughts on “Looking your best

  1. baileyboatcat

    My mum’s a fan of dry shampoo she finds it brushes out quite well but she’s never tried it for three weeks…she also has a big hair band (like little girls wear to ballet class) which is blue and really wide. It covers most of her fur and keeps it off her face which she says is good when the wind picks up. You humans really should learn to clean yourselves like us feline it would be a lot simpler! I’m sure you’ll look lovely though! =^.^=

  2. Graham Rhodes

    Hey Alysoun if you can clean yourself like a cat you have a whole new career waiting for you when you get back! Seriously, what a challenge, what an opportunity, well done for embracing it, I will keep checking in to follow your progress x


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