Yesterday, when I was taking a shower, I was … as I do so often … thinking of how nice it was! Just to be able to do just that … stand there and let the warm water stream over my body and have the thick, rich lather in my hair. It’s easy then to let your thoughts wander off … back to those times when humans lived in caves. Not so much hygiene there, I would suspect … how far we’ve come, and who came up with all these products we use today?!
Since we now have the world at our fingertips, I decided afterwards to look into shampoo. Gerry suspected that the word came from India somewhere, because it wasn’t of English origin, and he was right … it comes from Hindi. Wikipedia is always helpful … I sometimes think we tend to take them from granted.
It was introduced to Britain by some Bengali entrepreneur but then it was merely a head massage but the concept of shampoo as we know it was made up by a fellow named Kasey Hebert. He was the first known maker of shampoo, and the origin is currently attributed to him.
According to what I read, the frequent use of shampoo as we do today … most every day … didn’t come about until in the 70’s. That might be right — I can remember seeing commercial ads for shampoo from back then, saying something like «so mild that you can use it every day!» That’s probably very good for the manufacturers because I have a feeling that when you start to use it every day, you have to use it every day … it becomes a ‘vicious circle’… if you don’t wash one day, your hair gets all greasy and yucky!
Soooo…. I guess that was my thought for today: Thanks for Shampoo and Wikipedia! 🙂