Let’s talk about hairspray. For many of us, it’s a vital part of our beauty routine. We need it to keep our hair from going wild. Especially on a windy day, I need it to keep my short hair from becoming full of static and fly away.
But what’s in our hairspray? Is it safe for us to put on our bodies and be inhaling? Most are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances. I’m sensitive to fragrances, so this is an area where I need to be especially cautious. I had to find a way to make my own (bonus: it’s super easy and cheap). Keep reading to learn why hairspray is bad for you, and for my DIY version.
Why is Hairspray Bad?
Often we think about what we put in our bodies and whether or not it’s good for us. But we don’t always think about what we put on our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ and whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into the blood stream. Plus it’s easy to accidentally inhale hairspray. Some of the toxic chemicals in hairspray include:
- Denatured alcohol
- Polyvinyl alcohol
- Propylene glycol
Those are a mouthful! If you can’t pronounce it, chances are it’s not good for you. Some of these ingredients are also used in refrigerants, shellac, plastics, and more! You wouldn’t eat those things or intentionally put them on your body. Even worse, these ingredients are often labelled with a name that makes them difficult to identify. The side effects of exposure to these ingredients include the following:
- Hair loss and thinning hair
- Irritation to eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Dry hair and skin
- Organ damage, including to the kidneys and lungs
- Irritation of mucous membranes
- Accumulation of toxins in organs and tissues
- Destroyed hair shafts
- Possibly carcinogenic
- Skin damage
- Hives and allergic reactions
- Hair breakage
- Skin impurities
- Depletion of vital nutrients
There’s even a condition called hairspray poisoning, caused by over exposure to hairspray. Clearly, hairspray is not a safe item. What can you use instead?
Natural DIY Hairspray
My DIY hairspray is so cheap and easy to make, it’s almost ridiculous. Ready for this?
- Heat 1 cup of water to boiling.
- Add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
- Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Allow to cool and pour into a spray bottle.
Before pouring in the spray bottle, you can add essential oils for additional benefits. Lavender, rosemary, chamomile, cedarwood, clary sage, lemongrass, and peppermint oils are all good for yourhair.
For more or less hold, adjust the amount of sugar. You may have to experiment a little to find what works for you, but this recipe is crazy simple and inexpensive.
What natural alternatives to hairspray do you like? Let me know in the comments below! Then read more about getting healthy and saving money: