whatimeant2invent #3

A spray on Knox gelatin for synchronized swimming competitors.  That is my next invention.

When we first got our 9 year old daughter involved in synchronized swimming, we had absolutely no idea what we were getting into.  The first time one of the parents mentioned “knoxing” to me, I thought it was her way of hazing the gullible new mom.  Since then, though, I have found she was not making this story up.  Knoxing is only done for shows or competitions – not for practices.  Which meant that Dimples had two months to fall in love with synchronized swimming before she encountered one of its major drawbacks.  And, by then, it was pretty much too late.

Painting Knox gelatin into the hair keeps it in place during performances.  It does not easily wash out in the pool water, and it’s not harsh on the hair (like the petroleum jelly swimmers used in the Ester Williams days).  With some finesse, it washes out with warm water and shampoo (and a bit of elbow grease).

It is not fun to put on, though.  I actually haven’t done it myself, yet.  I’m afraid I will mix the gelatin and water to the wrong consistency, or burn my daughter, or make it look so horribly gloppy that we will have to start over.  And you really don’t have time to start over when you have an hour before a performance.

Fortunately, for novice moms like me, “knoxing stations” are usually set up somewhere around the pool, and experienced knoxers will do the hair of the younger girls.  It takes a village to do my daughter’s hair because I am apparently bad at putting it into a ponytail and bun as well.  The only thing I don’t screw up too badly is taking pictures.  Although that’s happened before, too…

Dimples' coach painting her hair with Knox.

Knoxing almost finished. They put a lighter layer on the bun, which is also held together with a hair net and approximately 10,000 hairpins.

Knoxing complete. See the headpiece? I put that on. It fell off about 5 seconds into warm-ups, as did the ones on the other two girls' heads that I affixed. My ineptitude is glaringly evident in the Syncrho mom department.

The problem with this whole process – actually, one of many problems, is that, if your child is involved in more than one routine, the Knox starts to get a bit clumpy and gloppy.  It eventually begins to wash out – even when I sternly tell it not to – and there is no way anyone is going to go through the whole knowing process more than once in a day.

That is why my Knox hairspray idea is so good.  And, if you couple it with my first whatimeant2invent idea, the hair-growth stopping pill, you could have a complete beauty empire with these two products.  Come on, Mark Cuban, you know you and your Shark Tank rivals would love to jump on this…


Posted on April 22, 2012, in Dimples, Humor, Ideas, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. I’d be afraid that the entire swimming pool would congeal, and the swimmers would be stuck there awaiting warmer weather.

    • I must admit that thought never occurred to me. We shall see what happens when we attend the Regional event in Dallas – there will be far more knoxed heads in the water then.

  2. You should totally go on Shark Tank!

  3. W.T.H. That’s just crazy…

  4. That is some crazy stuff! Do they have to wear waterproof makeup??

  5. What happens to those sparkles in the pool? Why cant they wear swim caps witj a flower?

  6. Brilliant idea! – Knoxing looks painful (especially the 10,000 pins!)

  7. Wow look at that hair! We vote for the spray over the goop.
    Bella and DiDi

  8. Makes me think of those itchy facial masks that you can’t wait to get off.

  9. Dimples has a cute head. I have never heard of knoxing before. It sounds weird, but I guess it makes sense. Couldn’t they just wear cute swim caps?

  10. I never knew about “knoxing”. It would be very useful to have a “knoxing station” nearby when I go un-synchronized swimming – “knoxing” would certainly help keep my fur in place 🙂

  11. wow. 1. that looks positively like a B to wash out. 2. you have given me an education in synchronized swimming (which i didn’t even know you could do here – yeesh). 3. i think you are on to something that could make you a millionaire. 4. hubby is a shark tank addict, so you could run your final presentation by him for starters. ;o)

  12. Crazy! I’ve never heard of such a thing but digging your hairspray idea. Would be so much easier!

  13. Wowza. The things I didn’t know about life. This is amazing to me!

  14. For some strange reason, this really grosses me out.

  15. Has Dimples considered going bald? You know, for her art…

  16. Ha ha ha….thank you, watching the Olympics and was wondering what was up with the hair. Love your explanation of it:-)

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