One of the reasons I like Target so much is its "Up & Up" brand - ie, the store's generic (much cheaper!) knockoffs of many popular products. I'll buy pretty much anything generic: medicines, beauty products, cleaning products, food, you name it.
So given this background, it's a little strange, I guess, that I've never really bought stuff from the Suave "professional" line, which is basically knockoffs of specific salon hair products. Now I will say this, I use salon-brand hair products most of the time. I figure if I put the money into a good haircut and highlight, I should treat my hair well in between salon visits. Since I go to an Aveda salon, I'm partial to that brand.
I have a slight obsession with hairspray, though. I use it everyday. I use it not necessarily to hold my hair in place, but more to create volume in my baby fine hair. It's hard to explain exactly, but if you hold your hair up and the roots and spray it just right, the hairspray can create volume.
Anyway, Aveda makes a friggin incredible hairspray called "Air Control." It's perfect for what I want it to do, because it doesn't create a strong hold, comes out in a super fine mist, and smells awes. It also costs $25 and I could easily use a bottle every two weeks. So I decided long ago to ditch the habit. Bumble & Bumble also makes a pretty good product ("Spray de Mode"), but again, checks in around $24.
My current go-to has been "W8less" by Rusk or "Medium Hold" by Biolage, both bought in the "salon" section of Targ. Both come in around $15, which isn't great, but the bottles last about a month and are less than $25, so I've gone with it.
Unfortunately my verdict on this is less glowing. One, it smells nothing like the light, envigorating minty goodness of the real thing - and actually smells kind of gross and floral. Two, the texture isn't the same, which is what makes the Aveda one awesome. Three, it has that sort of gross slimy feel that most drugstore-brand conditioners have. All in all, it's probably a fine product - but in terms of comparing to its original, not so much.
Do you guys use any of this Suave stuff?