Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Awesome Hair Dude

Whew!  Once again, where does time go?  We're busy building, painting, biking, running, playing, praying, moving furniture, cooking, falling out of trees, scrapping up knees, watching for bobcats, running errands, doing school work (that would be me), getting calls from the school nurse, chasing the kids with a rock crawler RC car, and just general mayhem.  The good kind.  MostlyI think.

Like....Crazy Hair Day!  That kind of mayhem.  Squishy, sticky, sparkly mayhem.

Scooter had crazy hair day at school, so we once again raided the Disney Family Fun files and made up a batch of homemade glittery hair gel.  Because there is no real hair gel in this house.  And the hairspray is in the garage to put hand grips on bikes.  You can see where our priorities lie! 

Here's what you need:
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Medium-size mixing bowl
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • About 4 tablespoons glitter (optional; use certified nontoxic brands)
  • Whisk

Here's what you do:
To make it: Boil the water and pour it into the bowl (a parent's job). Add the gelatin and stir until it's dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. If you are using the glitter, whisk it into the mixture, then refrigerate it for about 2 hours. Before the mixture jells completely, whisk it again to fully incorporate the glitter.

To use it: Apply the gel sparingly. Let it dry to achieve a strong hold. (If you apply too much, you may shed some glitter.) The gel will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to a week. Whisk it before each use.

Here's what I learned:
  • It makes a lot, even when you only make a half batch like we did.  (The directions above are for a full batch).  You could plaster all the hair of all the kids in the neighborhood.
  • We went lite on the glitter.  Because I don't want a lot of it going down the drain when we wash Scooter's hair.  Plus, I didn't know how much it would shed.  You could use more, but we were happy with what we did.
  • Stir the gelatin mixture after an hour, not 2.
  • Don't eat it.  "That green jello in the refrigerator doesn't taste that good," Biker Boy told me last night.  He was kidding.  Really.  I think. 
Cool Hair Dude!

So....what's crazy in your world?  What mayhem are you up to?  We've got dentist visits coming up!  Chewy's first.  Should be interesting.  

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