Conventional hair spray is a hard product to break up with, it has long been my mission to find a great working eco friendly hair spray, and I think I’ve found some!
Reasons to give up conventional hair sprays:
Hair spray has an accumulative effect of the fine particles that come from the aerosol and penetrate deep into the lungs. While more research is still needed, certain ingredients have been linked to adverse health effects.
Conventional hair sprays contain polymers and solvents in addition to propellants, also a lot of them contain fragrance. Don’t get me wrong I love the smell and effectiveness of Oribe hair spray but I just know it can’t be good for me.
In the past, aerosol hairsprays have contained vinyl chloride which is a propellant, this was then taken out and labeled as a carcinogen as it was linked to angiosarcoma of the liver. This was present in hair spray for over a decade before it was taken out, it was then replaced by methylene chloride which was also recalled for having almost the same effects.
Hair spray now contains propylene glycol and its unknown if this is cancer causing. Many brands also contain fragrance which can often hide a host of chemicals because brands don’t legally have to list what chemicals are actually in the fragrance’s as it’s considered a trade secret and the ingredients can not be disclosed.
If you just can’t give it up and are still spraying aerosol hair in to your tresses at least make sure you do it in a well ventilated area preferably outside.
Tips of usage of eco friendly hair spray:
- After applying eco friendly hair spray to your hair you definitely want to brush your hair out or at least finger wave through your hair after applying as they tend to dry a little harder on the hair then the aerosol mist.
- I find you need to spray your hair first a little bit before curling or applying heat then apply heat and a little spray after.
- You might need to rinse off the sprayer from time to time as hair spray can accumulate on it.
Being a makeup artist and working with hair dressers all the time I spend a lot of time breathing in hair spray….which I have to admit drives me a little nuts. I’m relieved to have finally have found some great clean and non toxic options to use at home. These are all great options if you get allergies as well.
Here are three of my favorite clean and green beauty finds. I know these are a little expensive but they will last you along time.
Food-grade, certified USDA organic, their is actually a video of the founder of the company drinking this hair spray! See it here. I really like this spray, it has a soft woody scent to it and holds the hair nicely. You do have to be careful with the bottle and don’t handle it too rough I have heard posts about some breaking but have not had that happen to me.
Ingredient rating: Not on the apps but ingredients all check out really clean.
Price: 6.7 fl oz, $33 / 2 fl oz $16
This works good if you are in need of a medium to strong hold hair spray. I have very fine hair and I find that this product works great on it. It has a fresh citrus scent, and is free of alcohol, parabens, sulfates and cruelty. It also comes in various sizes which is great for travel or if you want to test it out.
Ingredient rating: 2 on Think Dirty
Price: $27.20 they also have 4 oz size as well.
This medium hold hair spray is fast drying and made with 90% organic ingredients, such as organic aloe, green tee and organic sugarcane alcohol. I love this spray I have tested it and it really lasts all day long and you don’t need to use very much of it a little goes a long way. I have fine hair but I also have heard it works really well to control frizz and on curly hair, and its vegan and gluten free.
Ingredient rating: 2 on EWG and Think Dirty