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L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray Review

December 21, 2009

Once banned from US soils, L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray’s decades of exile have finally come to an end. Elnett debuted nationwide exclusively at Target in fall 2008, but sales were swift and again Elnett fans despaired and resorted to smuggling the contraband into the country. Well despair no more! The iconic hairspray to the stars is back stateside in all its perfect, touchably soft brushable glory!

Check out the full review after the jump!

I was never much of a hairspray user before Elnett, but this slim bottle of golden goodness has really changed my ways. Used by top stylists around the world, Elnett really seems to set the standard for hairspray by delivering long-lasting hold with only a quick spritz along with shine and real touchability (as opposed to all those other hairsprays that promise touchability but cause sticky, nasty helmethead or crunchy hair).

Elnett delivers an ultra-fine mist of product that provides exceptional hold while disappearing at the stroke of brush, meaning you get optimal hold without ever looking like you’ve got product in your hair. This is seriously the only product to control my little flyaway baby hairs (they’ve got a mind of their own) without giving my crunchy, unnatural looking hair. The micro-diffusion technology incorporated into the product allows for even application to set any and all styles, and humidity protection means it’ll really stand up to the elements.

L’Oreal’s Elnett has truly been an amazing product for me, and outperforms other sprays I’ve tried by leaps and bounds. I only have two teeny little gripes, which you know for me is big since I can find something wrong with almost any product LOL. #1 is the smell – oh how I abhor the smell of Elnett, which reminds me of very strong baby powder – not really the ideal choice of scent for my hair. My idea of romance isn’t having my boyfriend lean down to sniff my hair, only to get a nose full of baby powder. The scent does go away after awhile, but get rained on and it’s back with a vengeance! #2 is the spray nozzle – it’s fantastic for releasing a fine mist of product, but it tends to get clogged meaning the spray can go in weird directions, but that’s easily solved by frequent cleaning.

All in all I’d say Elnett is the only hairspray I’ll be purchasing from now on – I’ve even purchased a mini to keep in my purse for those hair emergencies. Definitely check it out!

Availability: L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray is available at mass market retailers and drugstores nationwide. The 11 oz. will run you $14.99 and the 2.2 oz $6.99 (and it’s available in various holds including Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold and Extra Strong Hold UV Filter).

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. I tend to get a good amount of hairsprays to try out, but I haven’t really felt any were review-worthy until Elnett – for me this is the end all, be all of hairsprays! If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection Review

August 24, 2009
Group shot of the pretty pretty Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection.

Embrace your softer side with perfectly imperfect hair. Layer our products together for soft tousles that beg to be touched – not that they need to beg. And hey, since we work well together to create one luscious look, it’s almost mistake-proof!

Tousle Me Softly Shampoo & Conditioner

Herbal Essences’ Tousle me Softly Shampoo is a fun, clear purple shampoo that leaves your hair feeling clean but not stripped of moisture, plus it has a refreshing violet/pomegranate scent. It’s a nice basic shampoo for those days when your scalp’s just feeling in need of a great thorough cleansing.

Tousle me Softly Conditioner was the one product I wasn’t too crazy about in the collection. It wasn’t terrible, but my hair tends to be dry and prone to tangles at the tips, and this didn’t do much to help the matter. On the bright side, nothing in this collection weighed my hair down at all!

Tousle Me Softly Mousse

This majorly voluminous yet lightweight foam (I’ll admit that I often found myself using this because I just loved the rich thick foam that came from the can) is great for creating some body/texture in your hair without the fuss of hairspray or a gel. I’m usually not much of a mousse user as I’ve always thought mousses were for those with curly hair, but this one has changed my mind.

Tousle Me Softly Tousling Spray Gel

My favorite item from the collection, the Tousling Spray Gel sprays like a hairspray but holds amazingly well like a strong gel. I don’t know how I lived without this before – I spray a little on my pouf while it’s still wet for all-day, non-crunchy looking hold that lasts and lasts. Plus it’s just so darn cute looking!

Tousle Me Softly Flexibly Style Hairspray

This is a soft, light-hold hairspray that I haven’t found much use for. My bases are pretty much covered between the mousse and the gel spray, and while this is great if I need a little extra hold after having used those two products, on its own it doesn’t provide the hold that I need.

Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream

Another favorite product of mine from this collection. I usually avoid these types of cream products that come in tubs lest they cause the greasy helmet-head look, but run a dab of this through your hair while wet (or dry) and you’ve got great flexible hold and zero flyaways to speak of!

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried an Herbal Essence product, and these aren’t going to rock your world, but for the girl on a budget it’s always nice to know that there are affordable alternatives out there. Plus who doesn’t want products to help her achieve that carefree, tousled look?