A few years ago if you asked me if I would use a natural hairspray, or even make my own, I would probably say; no way! So what convinced me to make my own? My biggest reason was to avoid chemicals (you can only imagine how many are in 1 hairspray bottle), but its also so easy, so cheap, and no joke my hair feels absolutely amazing. I will admit that I have totally changed my hair routine from what I was doing 3 years ago, so that in itself gave me amazing hair benefits. Aside from that, my hairspray was one of the last items I switched over to a natural version and once I did that my hair changed forever! I am not exaggerating either!
Chemicals in Commercial Hairspray
It’s a no brainer that it is horrible for you to breath in harmful chemicals. The problem is sometimes we don’t realize how many harmful chemicals we come across in our daily lives and routines. Hairspray may seem harmless but if you take a little time to read the ingredients, then think about the fact that you are breathing in the stuff you spray your hair with, and then when you realize that those chemicals are also getting absorbed into your skin…it becomes a little nerve wracking! Some of the harmful ingredients include (but not limited to), Carboxylmethylcellulose, Denatured alcohol, Hydroflurocarbon, Polyvinyl alcohol, Propylene glycol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone. I am almost positive there are plenty more.
The FDA explains that by law they do not to regulate ingredients in cosmetics (with the exception of a few color additives) and state that, “cosmetic manufacturers may use any ingredient they choose, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation”. Dr. Mercola also mentions that not even all of the ingredients are required to be on the label. I also did a little bit of digging and only some commercial hair product companies provided MSDS sheets (Material Data Safety Sheets) on their websites. They are generally hard to find on their websites too. While reading through some of the MSDS sheets under potential health effects it would clearly state that skin contact, and inhalation side effects were not known. If you don’t believe me, search for your self. I don’t feel comfortable using harmful chemicals on my body and especially don’t feel comfortable breathing them on a daily basis.
A little background on my hair…
First off, I’ve started dying my hair when I was 14. When I was in my teens my hair was ALWAYS so darn frizzy so I would constantly use a straightener. As I got a bit older it was somewhat better, but my hair was always so dry, full of static, and my ends were HORRIBLE (no matter how often I had it trimmed). I honestly never realized my hair could be any different and thought that it was just my hair type.
When I got pregnant with our daughter I really wanted to avoid using chemicals and my doctor at the time also recommended that I didn’t dye my hair. I felt like It was the right thing to do so I stopped. During the pregnancy I was taking some organic prenatal vitamins and did notice a few good changes to my hair. I also had a few samples of organic shampoo which I used while traveling and I noticed how amazingly soft my hair felt after the fact. I decided to throw out my regular shampoo and switched to a more natural brand. Natural and Organic shampoos are more expensive but totally worth it. Aside from being annoyed with my root color showing I was actually noticing my hair changing. I am sure being pregnant had a lot to do with it too.
After our daughter was born I still took prenatal vitamins since I was nursing yet I felt like my hair was falling out like crazy. (Not fun!) I was pretty frustrated with my hair and you have no idea how tempting it was to dye my hair again. My natural hair is a really dark brown and I personally like my hair a lighter brown. How come we always want what we can’t have? haha! It was seriously an ongoing battle with myself but I knew that if I did go and dye my hair again, the whole hair falling out thing would get worse.
I started to eliminate more hair products I usually used like no frizz products, volumizing products etc. I even went through a period of 3-4 months of doing the “no poo” hair washing method which was great (after the yucky hair stage where your body is trying to regulate the oils it is used to producing on your head from over washing with shampoos that completely strip the natural oils from your scalp)The no poo method helps regulate this but it does take some time. It was an effective hair washing method and it does work for many people but my hair was extremely static prone and I couldn’t handle it anymore so I went back to buying shampoos. This time I went with organic shampoos with way less ingredients.
I started seeing a lot of new hair growth which I was really excited about and by this time the only commercial product I was using on my hair was hairspray. I would always feel guilty using my hairspray, and with my daughter running around all over the place I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the hairspray fumes she was breathing. After finishing my old hairspray bottle I decided to make my own. At first I thought, who am I kidding, this natural hairspray won’t hold my hair up, or will leave tons or residue. Well, I proved myself wrong! It totally held up my hair (and I like to tease it and give it volume), it didn’t leave residue like I thought it would, it smelled great, and for some reason after I wash my hair the ingredients made my hair even softer, shinier, and smoother!
Through that whole process lastly being the hairspray I feel like my hair has completely changed for the better. Even though it has been almost 3 years of not dying my hair, I still have some color left in my ends so it is still kind of dry and gets a little bit frizzy where the color was but other than that my hair feels so alive and so much thicker. The down side to all of this is when I try to curl my hair with a curling iron, it goes flat pretty quickly. I have been using a sock bun or just let it dry on its own to avoid heating it too much. I also feel like a lot of the hair that was falling out after being pregnant is back and I hope it stays that way! I know that regardless our hair thins out over the years but I am determined to postpone that as much as I can!
Some Info and tips for using Natural Hairspray
I generally wash my hair 2 times a week and usually don’t have any issues with using the hairspray daily. There have been a couple times where I had some hairspray build up but as long as you brush your hair out daily you should be fine. If you don’t have time to wash your hair and you have some build up you can use a bit of natural dry shampoo to get you through the day. If you are curling your hair I don’t recommend spraying each individual curl, instead lightly spray the hairspray and let the mist fall on your hair after you are finished curling. I mention this below, but Lemons are for light hair and Oranges for dark. I prefer the lemons since the sun and lemons combined tend to give me some natural highlights. 🙂 You can also experiment with different herbs. Chamomile can also lighten your hair naturally so if you prefer dark hair you can use rosemary or sage instead. At the bottom I added the links to where you can find the spray bottles I used and the herbs.
My hair is dark but I love natural sun highlights so I used Lemons which do tend to lighten my hair a bit
Boil the ingredients (excluding hydrosol and essential oils) for 10 minutes or less. (Make sure the water doesn’t evaporate)
Remove the Lemons or Oranges and squeeze out as much juice as you can
Using a strainer pour out the liquid
Try to press out any remaining liquid from the herbs.
Add in your Flower Water or Essential oils for scent
Pour into spray bottle and enjoy!
My awesome sister agreed to be my hair model 🙂 She has never dyed her hair before yet look at that amazing color and natural highlights! I won’t hide the fact that I am so jealous of her natural hair color! I also love the volume this hair spray gives you (with some teasing of course)
- -2 cups Distilled Water
- -1/4 cup Chamomile (Light Hair or if you want highlights) Rosemary or Sage (Dark Hair)
- -1/4 cup Green tea
- -1 Lemon (Light Hair or if you want highlights) 1 Orange (Dark Hair)
- -1/4 cup Sugar (2 Tablespoons Less for light hold, 2 Tablespoons More for Stronger hold)
- -1 teaspoon Hydrosol (flower water) of choice or 6 drops of essential oil of choice
- Bring Distilled water to a boil
- Add in all of the ingredients except for Hydrosol or Essential Oils.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. (If you notice the water evaporating reduce heat again)
- Remove from heat and allow to cool
- Remove Lemon or Orange while squeezing out as much of the juice as you can
- Using a strainer, pour the remaining herbs/liquid through the strainer. With a spoon squeeze out excess liquid from herbs
- Add in the Hydrosol or Essential oils and stir
- Pour into a fine mist spray bottle and spray away!