The Searing Pain Means it’s Working!

I got my haircut today.

The girl cutting my hair washed it with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I could feel her every breath on my scalp for the next hour.

Now, I don’t want to debate the merits of tea tree oil with anyone. We will all just assume what I assume—it is a chemical irritant put in the shampoo to make you think it is doing something. What is it with that “The tingling means it’s working!” concept in product marketing? When I take antibiotics I don’t feel ripped-off if it doesn’t tingle. “Damn, that penicillin is worthless! I didn’t feel a thing!”

Since people apparently believe it, I have no choice but to capitalize on it. Next month I am going to introduce my new, “Penrod’s Eye-drops with habanero extract™—The searing pain means it’s working!©”

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3 thoughts on “The Searing Pain Means it’s Working!”

  1. Where do you get your hair cut? Some sort of fancy-pants, european, Salon? I only trust places with the old-fashioned pole out front. The down side is you’re lucky if they use a clean comb, but on the plus side; no burning oils and extracts, because they don’t even offer to wash your hair. That’s your job. They don’t even have a sink! Of course I did have to talk the guy out of giving me a “step”. I hear those are coming back in style though, and when they do, I know where to go.

  2. I was using some fancy NuSkin shampoo this morning. Of course, I don’t know what’s in it, because I keep forgetting to learn Japanese–so I don’ t know if it’s Tea Tree Oil, or what, but it does the tingle tickle too. Unfortunately, this morning it dripped onto my eyebrows, and my eyelids, and they’ve had a delightful tingle all morning. No, my bloodshot eyes aren’t from pot, they’re from the tingle shampoo.

  3. Hey Dan, I’ve got some of that shampoo too! Except mine’s in Korean. I also got a sample-packet of “Face-Lift Powder,” but all of the instructions were in Korean; and “Face-Lift Powder” is just not the sort of thing you want to experiment with loosely. (i.e. “Where did you get those 3rd degree burns?” “Oh, I was just messing around ith some Face-Lift Powder…”)

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