The last time I visited, I was living in the same house as two men, both men with serious hair loss.
Theirs was a messy, sad situation.
Both of them were struggling with their own personal struggles and with the idea that they were losing hair.
“I’d had enough of my own hair,” one said.
“It’s not fair.”
Both were keen to know how they could get a shampoo from a local shop.
“They’ve got an organic shampoo and I want it,” the other said.
It was the first time I’d been to Oglaeigh, and the shop was surprisingly friendly.
It’s a little town, a bit down south, in the province of Tyrone, about 80 miles east of Belfast.
There was a nice, cosy pub and a pub in the village where the men went to get their shampoo.
The store was in the back garden of the house, which was the same place the men lived.
But the men had decided that they would try the shop and found that it was full of organic shampoos, all made by small, independent organic companies.
They had been looking for shampoo for some time.
“The shampoo is the only thing I need,” one of them told me.
He told me that he had been searching the internet for a shampoo that was made in the UK, but couldn’t find any, because it was made elsewhere.
“You can’t do it here,” he said.
He was also worried about the price.
“We can’t pay the rent, can we?”
“No, no, we can’t,” he replied.
“How much is that?”
He said, “£2.99.”
“You’re looking at £2.00.”
“What do you pay for a bottle of shampoo?”
“£1.99,” he answered.
“That’s not even enough for a quart,” I told him.
“What is a quart of shampoo worth?” he asked.
I explained that it’s a lot less than a gallon, and that I didn’t know how to calculate.
He explained to me that the cost of a gallon of shampoo is $1.75, or $2.50.
“Then you can’t be buying a quart here,” I said.
The men agreed to try it.
They both loved it.
It wasn’t a huge price increase.
It made their hair feel like it belonged, and they could feel their own hair growing.
The shampoo was the best deal they’d ever seen, and their hair was growing out.
They didn’t mind the extra cost, they just appreciated it.
The shop owner told me they were both very happy.
It took them a few months to get used to it, but they are now very happy with their hair.
It didn’t take long for them to find a shampoo maker that made a better shampoo, and to discover that their hair is beautiful and long-lasting.
I’m not sure I’d be so happy with a shampoo made in Ireland, but I know a few people who are.
“People like organic shavings are just the beginning,” the shop owner said.
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