Thank Goodness Mother’s Day is Right Around the Corner

So, I Knoxed my hair tonight; what have you done for your daughter lately?

Here was our conversation in the car today:
“The coach says we need to be at the pool by 7:15 am. Knoxed.”
“Hmm. I guess I’m going to have to Knox your hair then.”
“But you’ve never done it before!!!!” Complete panic.
“We’ll, I’ve got to learn some time.”
“But not now!”
“What’s wrong? Don’t you trust me?”

Full confession, My daughter has been involved in synchronized swimming for three years, and I have never Knoxed her hair. Oh, it’s been Knoxed – just not by me. And if you don’t know what I mean by “Knoxing”, it’s the wonderful secret of waterproof synchronized swimming hair. Mix hot water with Knox gelatin (unflavored, though we’ve all secretly been yearning to experiment with cherry because it could taste good and give your hair a nice tint) and paint it on wet. Then it hardens into a nice plastic helmet.

Ask 100 Synchro moms about their Knoxing technique, and they will tell you a hundred different ways to do it. The variables aren’t just the water and the unflavored gelatin packets. You can do the hair several ways, and use a variety of utensils to do the mixing and painting – including, but not limited to, a paint brush or a basting brush.

I didn’t want to fight with my daughter at 5:30 in the morning, so I thought I better settle the issue tonight. I decided to prove to her that I could mix the concoction to the right consistency since she seemed pretty doubtful that I could even do this, much less paint it on her hair. (She is right to doubt me. My sister, Crash, once tried to make Jello. It sat in the fridge for a week and never jelloed. I used to tease her relentlessly about this, and I have a feeling there is such a thing as Knoxing Karma.)

As I was mixing, it suddenly occurred to me that I should paint it on my own hair to put everyone’s doubt to rest. (I have a feeling that it is no coincidence that my medication usually wears off about the exact time of night that I had that genius idea.)

It worked, though. My daughter couldn’t believe I was doing it.

“I bet no one else’s mom can say she’s done that,” she said, proudly.

Okay, I said it. But she agreed with me.

The only problem with this great plan was that I then had to get in the shower to wash it off. That is when I realized that my daughter is not exaggerating when she complains about what a pain it is to get that glop out of her hair. I rinsed 5 times, got out to dry my hair, and realized there was still an entire section over my ear to which the goop had stubbornly clung.

So, tomorrow, if you see a 40 year old woman with hair sticking straight out of her head over her left ear, don’t point and laugh. Bend over to your child’s ear and reverently whisper, “Now there goes a great mom!”


My hair; don’t worry, I got better on the other half of my head.


Posted on April 27, 2013, in Children, Dimples, Family, Humor, Parenting, Synchronized Swimming and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Mom of the year award!!!! Dimples better run and tell all her synchro friends and then make sure they tell their moms. It is probably like when we would have an updo for prom and then trying to take all 154 bobby pins out of crunchy stiff hair. Maybe worse?

  2. You are my my mom hero! I would totally do it, too!

  3. I think that medication is cramping your style. You make GREAT decisions after it wears off!! So much fun!

  4. Go you! My mom probably couldn’t do it. She’d leave it to me to figure it out, but she’s always done that because I insist on it. Cray cray independent.
    How do you get that stuff?

  5. Thank you for letting me know what knox is. I’ll never knox hair.

  6. Can I lean over and tell the kid “And if you give me any trouble, I’ll pick you up from school looking like that.”?

    Go you for putting yourself in dimples shoes (gel?)!

  7. Too funny. I’m glad I have boys though!

  8. wow. you are gonna get a lot of points with this one. i have to say – it looks like knoxing is not for the weak.

  9. I wonder if that would help me control my hair frizz this summer?

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