Found in an unlikely place: A cost-conscious alternative for our favorite pricy hair product!

When you’re obsessed with products like we are, the idea of finding a low-cost alternative to a favorite you’re actually willing to shell out cash for is the equivalent to winning the beauty lottery. These so-called “dupes” are a pretty popular topic in the beauty world (trust us, Google it), but nothing compares to discovering one for yourself.

Case in point… After spending almost $30 on Oribe’s Fiber Groom Elastic Texture Paste, we ration it like it’s war-time. From the second our four-year-old son decided to cut his hair so it could be “short and spiky,” we knew this product would get the job done. But would we waste it on a little tyke? Hell, no. (Fortunately we have a closet stocked with products in our office, so we had more than enough gel to spare.)

Today we took our son for his pre-school haircut, and perhaps we were in an exceptionally good mood, but we came home with Circle of Friends Jacques Grape Hair Jam (cost: $13) because our son wanted his own “goop.” (Naturally, we get it.) After a post-swim/pre-birthday-party shower, we busted open this goop and couldn’t believe our eyes when we warmed it up between our palms. It was the SAME EXACT consistency of our beloved Oribe. Granted Oribe’s version does not smell like grape, but who the heck cares?

Of course we’ll keep our eyes peeled for other dupes that save you money without sacrificing results, but consider this our gift to you. (BTW: L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Caress Aqua Lacquer is a dead ringer for YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. You’re welcome.)