Contrary to what Beyoncé says there are some things that are irreplaceable. I have been trying to find a low-cost alternative to Bumble & bumble Grooming Creme ($25) at the drugstore for ages. Often, other products are too heavily-scented, which at least is detectable without taking out my wallet. I had high hopes for Charles Worthington Big Waves Definition Creme ($5.99), which promises "defined, wavy, super shiny, full hair." The scent was stronger than I'd like but not offensive, so I gave it a try.

The first thing I noticed was that it didn't smooth through my hair as much as I wanted it to. When you have waves — or are trying to create them — getting product evenly over your hair is key. The directions say to apply "liberally" with fingers, but combing it through is definitely a better idea. With leave-in defining products, even application can easily be the difference between success and failure, which is why I gave this Big Waves Definition Creme a second chance after my hair dried with, for lack of a better term, glue-y chunks. I love other Charles Worthington products, but this didn't do it for me either time. Bummer.