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When it comes to hairsprays, I think hair sprays: the Elnetts of the world; the aerosol cans of tried-and-true hair glue that shellac flyaways into submission and turn updos into all-night affairs. But when that bottle says anything other than “hairspray,” or “dry shampoo,” I get more than a little confused. What else could there be? Well, apparently, there’s a shine spray. It’s Shine Flash 02 by Redken, it’s reasonably priced, and when all is said and (nearly) done with whatever smooth ponytail situation you’ve got going on, it makes your hair really, really shiny. Like, Rooney-Mara-side-part, red-carpet (or Gucci SS ’13) shiny. On Tuesday, I pulled one of those 10-minutes-to-look-fancy situations at the office, wherein I did exactly four things: put on deodorant, slicked on some Dior Black Tie Plum lip gloss, Mason Pearson-ed my hair into a tight, low bun and misted myself into a cloud of Redken's “glistening mist”...by accident. Shocker of all shockers, I’d reached for the silver can thinking it was regular hairspray (you should see the shelf of hair swag we’re working with over here) and, while disappointed in the lack of hold it had on my baby hairs, I was pleasantly surprised by the mirror-like finish it imparted on my shabby-chic evening look in about seven seconds flat. Add another three seconds for a round of Elnett, and you’ve done in 10 seconds what takes most people 10 minutes—so you can say “It's just a little hairspray' and actually mean it.

—Emily Weiss

Emily (wearing Reed Krakoff) with Kate Young, in Chanel, at the New Yorkers for Children fall benefit on September 18th, 2012.

PS: Couldn't help but hum this song... classic Kanye.