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stuff i like: finesse hairspray

Have fun stockpiling food and water for the apocalypse.  I’ll be busy stockpiling Finesse hairspray.

I have hair that works better the less I touch it.  I shower, towel dry my hair, rub in a dollop of my proprietary blend of smoothing cream (3/4 parts Garnier Fructis Surf Paste + 1/4 part Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom*), and then blow dry the roots for one minute.  The crucial part of the process is in the freezing of the hairdo at the end, because I need that puppy to last until 6:00 PM.  And for this, I need liberal quantities of Finesse Unscented Maximum Hold Hairspray.

The hairspray holds my hair in place and gives me volume at the crown, but does not turn it into a helmet.  It’s also not gummy or sticky.  I’ve tried other hairsprays, mostly the ones available for free in the restroom at the office.  Most of them don’t last the day, or freeze the hair to such a degree that I’d be scared that my hair would chip off upon contact.

I’m sure there are higher end hairsprays that achieve what Finesse has achieved (like L’Oreal Elnett), but here’s the thing: no one should be paying that much for hair products.  You WASH IT OUT.  I use whatever shampoo is on sale at Walgreens, and if I feel like splurging, I’m going for something luxurious like Pantene or Aveeno.  A can of Finesse hairspray costs a reasonable $3.99.

I use the stuff like it’s going out of style, which it is.  Over the last few years, I’ve seen the Finesse line of shampoos and styling aids slowly disappear from stores.  One day, it will be gone completely, and then it’ll just be me and the 17 cans that I have stored in my bathroom drawers.  And the zombies will have to pry each one from my dead, lifeless hands.

*Kiehl’s Silk Groom is not cheap.  But you only use a pea sized amount, and I can make a small bottle last 8 months. 

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Heidi #

    I don’t even know you but thought of you when I saw this –

    Finesse Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers (7-15 oz) on sale $3
    Buy 2, Get $3 +UP Reward – limit 2
    Buy 2
    Use (2) $1/1 coupons from 10/16/11 SS insert
    Pay $4, Get $3 +UP
    $.50 each after coupons and reward

    If you have any couponing friends, hit them up for the $1 coupons from the October insert. Otherwise $1.50 each which still isn’t bad. Stock up for a decade?

    January 24, 2012
  2. Yoona,

    You could do what Elaine did with the Sponge contraceptive in the Seinfeld (see re-runs on cable or non-network channels): go to every store with X mile radius and buy them all up for later use.

    Of course, your husband might object to no longer being able to use the garage.

    January 18, 2012
  3. Karen #

    Timely update. Aidan cut Clara’s hair into a “Yoona-esque” ‘do last week and I have been wondering what to do with it…

    January 17, 2012
  4. You working on commission here or what? 😛

    January 15, 2012
  5. gulgun #


    January 13, 2012
  6. Stuff I like: Blog titles with the word “stuff” in them.

    January 13, 2012
  7. It is the best hairspray, and doesn’t smell bad either.

    January 13, 2012

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