Monday, May 25, 2009

a walking infomercial

My daughter "M" has some Billy Mays (for oxiclean) in her blood.  On M.O.T.H.'s side... he was such a George Foreman Grill fan that we gave one to EVERYONE in the family when they got married... we've had to upgrade to the family sized GF Grill as our children have gotten older - but we wouldn't know how to live without that thing.

To tell this story I have to admit that I'm one of those Moms that the American Society of People Who Think You Don't Have Any Functional Brain Cells warns you about...  yep, my daughter watches television...  infomercials even.

She recently saw the infomercial for the EZ Comb...

and 2 days later we were on our way to Target - backseat (one-sided) conversation went something like this  "Mom maybe they have the EZ Comb, can we get an EZ Comb because those other things hurt your head but you can sleep in the EZ Comb and you can make a butterfly with the EZ Comb and a twist with the EZ Comb and it's good for long hair and short hair and the EZ comb comes in black and brown and silver.  Can we get one?"

my response:  "We'll see"

All parents know that "we'll see" is mom code for "I really hope that you'll forget about this in the next few minutes because I SO don't want to deal with it at all"

She didn't forget, but Target doesn't sell the EZ Comb...  we're off the hook.

Until we went to Wally-World a few days later.

"Mom - is the EZ Comb HERE? - it's good for short hair and long hair and I can sleep in it, etc... etc... complete with quotes from the infomercial and LOTS of EZ Comb propaganda"

"we'll see"

No EZ Comb here either - whoo-hoo

but then... Grandma's in town and we had reason to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  They had the EZ Comb...

and I caved!

and you know what - it IS good for long hair and short hair.   You CAN sleep in it (but I wouldn't recommend it - she didn't wake up happy).  It DOES make a really cool fountain twist with the butterfly EZ Comb.  The EZ Comb Ponytail even works even though I scoffed at the very idea.  Of course, the only picture is of the silver EZ Comb (her fave) doing nothing more than pulling back the sides of her hair...
AND  it's like an instant facelift...  which means it's also an instant headache.  When somebody pulled my hair as a child I cried... and now I pay good money to have a device that pulls my hair permanently?  I have a personal 2 hour limit to wearing that thing...  M lasts a little longer - she made it through church the first Sunday.  Although "through" might not be the right word because the hairdo had to be re-done during the first hour (her thin hair doesn't stay in there so well when she's crawling on the floor) and again the second hour (the thin hair also tries to escape when the kid next to you is messing with your head).  The next Sunday we learned our lesson and put a regular ponytail in BEFORE adding the EZ Comb...  MUCH better!

Hmmm... I'm thinking I need an endorsement check - at .25 for each time I wrote EZ Comb - multiplied by whoever reads this...  well, O.K. - we're still a long way from EZ street...

15 comments:

Kristina P. said...

What?!?! How did I not know about this EZ Comb? I am the queen of As Seen on TV. It looks delightful.

T said...

holy shnikies! KP doesn't have the EZ Comb? Somebody run over there quick and remedy this situation - I think combined with the Bump-It she could really have some awesome hair!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I too am a fan of the well see tactic. But dang those 9 year old girls are tenacious and never seem to forget or leave an idea alone. Sadly I have trained my kids to pester me until I give in. Not my best habit, I know.

just the five of us said...

I am looking for the Bump it. Have you seen that at Wal-mart or Target or Bed bath and beyond? if so let me know. :D

T said...

hmmmm... don't remember if I saw that at BB&B... but they usually have a bunch of those infomercial products there... I'll look when I'm there this week (gotta get that fancy hair straightener... I tried it and it WORKED on the frizzy girls' hair!!!)

cold cocoa said...

B,B&B has some of the oddest things! Good for you caving- it's always good to see if those products live up to the hype. It's amazing what I've thought was cute and wearable (though really not) just because of the people selling it and their excitement!

Becky said...

That's a strange item to have at Bed Bath & Beyond. And Kristina hadn't heard of it?!? That's blasphemy, that is.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I always see those "as seen on TV things" at Walgreens. You might try there.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Hey all of that is GOOD to know because I was wondering about it!

My kids don't watch commercials... or tv really unless it's Disney or Nick toons... but they DO watch a lot of movies and so anything with a character of their favorite movie is a MUST have.

I do the We'll SEE a LOT! :)

LC said...

I like the "we'll see..." philosophy.
At my parents we saw an informercial for this wall-mounted EZ toothpaste dispenser...no more messy squeezing. The girls thought that would be great. But they've already forgotten about it...for now.

Jennw6kids said...

Ok I cant find your number for the life of me, yes yes I want those daisy plates 60% off, thank you call me! Thanks Jenn

The Sports Mama said...

I wondered if those things work... and would LOVE to have one.

But my husband is smart enough to keep me out of Bed,Bath and Beyond.

Most of the time. :)

Kamille said...

Just saw your whatthekidsarereading suggestion on Kollen's blog. I'm looking forward to checkin' it out. Thanks for the tip.

Firefly said...

Here is the one my girls had to have
http://www.flexi8.com/
I got some too, and I like them. I have to admit I really like those cheap plastic claws from wal-mart..lol.

T said...

looked up the flexi8 - looks very classy and cool... I might actually get one, but I'll NEVER show the instructional video to M because then she'll want EVERY different style!