I admit it, I am the “f” word….yes, frugal. I shop at Costco and have for years and like it so much that it’s the topic of my other blog, AddictedToCostco.com. So naturally I end up buying lots of household staples and health and beauty from there, basics like toothpaste, shampoo, and hairspray. I do it because it is convenient and the prices are so so much better. My recent great buy was for L’Oreal Elnett hairspray and I wanted to share that with everyone here, in case you’ve never thought about getting things like this at Costco.
When we were in Austin, I pretty much never used hairspray. I didn’t need to as much because I always drove everywhere and my hair didn’t have to stand up to wind or anything drastic. Plus, I don’t really like that stiff Aquanet kind of feeling on my hair. However, since we’ve moved to London and I now walk pretty much everywhere, and it is often windy or rainy or mostly both, I need a little help keeping my hair looking like something other the bus driver from South Park. So, I’ve tried a few different brands of hairspray to see which I can use that won’t make me feel like I’ve got a helmet of hair, but does still exhibit some control. I have tried some cheaper stuff which felt gross and I’ve tried some far more expensive stuff which felt wonderful and made my hair look really nice but still soft. However, the Elnett is a great middle of the road price but still with the feeling and control that I got from the more expensive hairspray. It is really amazing that you can get such good hold now but still have your hair feel soft. Apparently, they achieve that through a “unique micro-diffuser” that “sprays ultra-fine”, which does actually seem to be true. The cheaper stuff comes out in bigger droplets and sometimes just sort of sits on your hair, which isn’t a look that anyone wants to cultivate. The Elnett is so fine that you can’t see it or feel it on your hair. Their big thing is that it “disappears at the stroke of a brush” and that is definitely true. If you put it on, even quite a lot for an evening out, and then come home and brush your hair it is immediately back to just being hair. I love that! I’ve also found that it seems to offer some level of protection against humidity, which as you can imagine, can be a bit of an issue here in London. My hair is naturally curly but I like to straighten it quite often, so it is nice to have a hairspray that will hold off the effects of humidity fairly well. It isn’t as good as staying inside but is probably the best result I’ve gotten from any hair product to keep my straightened hair from getting curly at the first sign of a bit of humidity.
Now for the good pricing bit. Sometimes you can get it at Boot’s or Tesco for about the same price as you’ll find it at Costco, however, more often I find that it is about £6.00 per can (for the large 400 ml size like you get at Costco). I normally get my groceries delivered from Ocado and the price there is a whopping £6.60 for a single can, so I avoid buying it there for sure. But at Costco, you get two 400 ml cans for just £8.89 or just £4.45 per can! That is a remarkably good deal and one that you can always count on since it is their everyday price. It’s like getting more than half can of hairspray for free. And every bit that I save on stuff like this, is just more that I have to spend on nicer makeup or shoes or whatever. How can you not like a deal like that? So, if you haven’t thought about checking out Costco for your standard health and beauty products, you should definitely give them a try.