Thursday, March 26, 2009

Elnett, the holy grail of hairspray?

Elnett has long been a favorite of hairdressers everywhere. Previously available only in Europe, I've read stories of women who, on their way home from overseas, stock up on this hairspray before heading back to the USA. One suitcase for clothes, one for a year's supply of spray. Makes sense to me.

Although the formula changed slightly when L'oreal made it available in the United States, Elnett is still getting rave reviews. Because I can't live without shellacking my hair to high heavens, I couldn't wait to get my manicured mitts on it and give Elnett a whirl. I drove to my nearest Super Target and once I got over the price- I didn't expect it to be $14.99- tossed a bottle in the cart and happily drove home, eager to coat my locks with the potion.

The smell took me back to my grandmother's bathroom where she would wind her thinning gray hair around pink foam curlers and liberally spray Aquanet to set her coiffure. Elnett definitely has an old fashioned scent, reminiscent of Grandma. Once I got used to the smell, I quite liked the spray! It does everything I hoped for- held my hairstyle, didn't make my hair look or feel stiff, brushed out easily. I could definitely part with fifteen dollars in order to keep up using Elnett.

However, and this is where my story takes a sad turn; I have very sensitive skin and after using Elnett for a few days, I noticed red bumps cropping up on my chest and neck. I get these if I use a product that doesn't agree with my skin. I immediately ceased the Elnett usage and I haven't noticed any more unsightly bumps. This is a huge bummer for me because I really liked this hair spray!

I recommend it to those who don't have sensitive skin and you can find Elnett at Target, here. I wish they would make a sensitive skin formula but I highly doubt that will happen. Maybe fragrance free wouldn't be too much to ask?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha googled in to your blog and loved your blog.. and yeah your right Im from Sweden and you have so right about the hairspray :)
Love to read about products thats not available here in sweden so I will be back here :)

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

You can buy Elnett in Europe in a fragrance free version. Hope this helps.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes! It is the holy grail of hairsprays! I have been buying Elnett overseas in its unfragranced version for years beccause it wasn't available here in the U.S. I am the one with the "one suitcase for clothes, the other for Elnett"! I know I have had my suitcase searched when the 12 silver cylinders lying side by side in my bag show up on the luggage scanners. Why oh why,now that it finally can be bought here isn't there the unfragranced type! AAARRRGGGHHH!!! I am still frustrated!!!!!!

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