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15 November 2010 @ 10:25 am
hairspray emergency  

Years ago, Neil Gaiman posted a sad post about how his youngest daughter had reached an age where she refused to travel without her hairspray and other styling accoutrements, which meant he could no longer travel with carry-on luggage only. In an attempt to convince her otherwise, he promised he would buy her new hairspray and what-not at Heathrow Airport, so that she wouldn’t even have to leave the airport without hairspray. She said, “If you want to, Dad, but I’m going to bring my own anyway.”

I chortled when I read that, thinking what a nice daddy Neil Gaiman was for agreeing to go through baggage pick-up (because who are we kidding, he was never actually going to win that one), since hey, hairspray was hairspray. But I did not yet understand, because I had only just moved over here and hadn’t yet discovered the Hairspray Issues* they have, which is to say all they have are (not aerosol because nobody has those anymore, but) aerosol style hairsprays which 1. smell like bug dope and 2. don’t hold my hair. I cannot for the life of me find a pump spray over here.

And now I am out of hairspray, and must throw myself on the mercy of Americans to send me some Clariol Herbal Essences “Set Me Up” extra-hold hairspray. Anybody willing to do that? I could send you a book in return. Or, y’know, give you money. :)

*I seriously doubt Maddie knew about the Hairspray Issues and simply wanted things As She Knew Them, but still, every time I run low on hairspray I think of that. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on November 15th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
I would love to do that, but we only have Clariol haircolours :). Not quite what you wanted.. The only styling products I know of that pumps are hair mousse.... I don't use styling products :)
Megabitchmegabitch on November 15th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
I'm the same with anti-perspirant. I hate aerosol style sprays but the only pump sprays I find here are worse than useless. So, whenever one of my children travels to .au or a family member from there comes here, they get an order from me for half a dozen pump spray bottles of Rexona Classic spray. My supply, so far, has always lasted until there's another visit made but I am starting to get concerned as both children are reaching the age where access visits to their father will no longer be ligelly required (well, my daughter passed that stage almost two years ago, son still has a year and a half to go).
Megabitchmegabitch on November 15th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
*legally - gah, I should stop posting when I've just woken up and haven't finished coffee yet (was up at six, but pain took over and I went back to bed).
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on November 15th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Send me your wishlist. I might even be able to throw some baking chips in, too. ;-)
holmes44holmes44 on November 15th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
will canadian hair spray do?if i can find it, i will send it to you.i will check today and let you know.
Rachierachie203 on November 15th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I know suricattus said she could do it, but if you need a back-up let me know. Usually my care-packages to across the pond are made up of pop-tarts and various snacks, so sending hair-spray will be something new. :)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on November 15th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ditto this! Maybe we can all be put on a rotating "please send me emergency supplies" list...
kitmizkit on November 15th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, pop-tarts :)
Rachie: Nice is goodrachie203 on November 16th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to add you to my care-package list. :) When I traveled to England last time I swear half my luggage was filled with pop-tarts.
Childlightchildlight on November 15th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know if we have it around here but if other offers fall through let me know and I will check out a few stores.
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on November 15th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like several people have you covered, but if for any reason you still need someone to send you some hairspray, let me know. :)
Lady Doomlithera on November 16th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
You know I'm good for care packages.

Lemme know if you need me to put something together.
SaffronRosesaffronrose on November 16th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'm looking on eBay, trying to determine whether I've got the right product. You don't want mousse, you want hairspray. Is this a pump bottle (which I have yet to find, I think) or aerosol? If I go to international sites (non-ebay), I don't find the Set Me Up line at all.

How many bottles do you want? I'm finding the shipping cost far outstrips the item's own cost, not surprising for overseas shipments.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on November 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that I'm male (and bald), I'd be happy to do it (though I see others seem to have it covered). Only thing is that aerosols are considered a hazardous/prohibited material by USPS (and, I expect, most shipping companies), so I'm not sure they can be legally shipped, particularly overseas (which necessitates it being sent by air).
pgwfolcpgwfolc on November 16th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Found a better chart. Hairspray is the first item on the list of examples of a "Hazard Class 2" item. You're not allowed to ship them by air or internationally, since there's a chance the can will explode if damaged, and there's also the fact that it's rather flammable.
SaffronRose: Prospero rosesaffronrose on November 16th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm asking the Irish Consulate in SF CA if there's a way to get it to Ireland by another shipper. Perhaps that will be possible, but it may have to go the slow-boat-to-China-and-back routine.

Sigh. I can't find it in a pump spray, either--Clairol doesn't seem to package it that way. Mousse yes, aerosol yes, pump spray that would be more shippable, no.