Non-Toxic Hairsprays and Hair Styling Gels


“Most hairsprays contain hydrofluorocarbons, the same kind of cooling liquids used in air-conditioners. In addition to being extremely dangerous when vaporizing them on the head,  hydrofluorocarbons contribute to global warming, even if you do not use an aerosol generator. Most hairsprays also contain formaldehyde and synthetic perfume. The fixatives take hold of the hair thanks to the use of the polymers which one finds in synthetic adhesives and plastics, micro-particles which can be inhaled. Regular use of hairspray has been associated with a chronic condition known under the name “hairspray lung” which involves pulmonary modifications of the parenchyma or respiratory bronchioles. A very widespread ingredient in hair care products is silicone. Derived from petrol, silicone is a clear liquid which covers the hair layer by layer and gives it a brilliant appearance. What happens, however, is that the hair becomes dependent on this synthetic coating and the scalp ceases to produce its own natural emollients. Consequently, your hair can really become hooked on silicone and need this product to prevent it more and more from tarnishing. A better solution is to test capping gel which uses natural ingredients from plants to obtain the same effect”. [1]

Hugo Natural Medium Hold Styling Gel, rated 1 on Skin Deep.

INCI: aqua/purified water, dehydroxanthan gum, hydrolyzed quinoa, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, glycerin, citrus arantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, panax ginseng root extract,arnica montana flower extract, salvia officianalis (sage) leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twing extract, gluconolactone, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract




Giovanni Frizz Be Gone spray rated 3 on Skin Deep .


Pantene Pro-V Curly Hair Series Aerosol Hairspray is one of the less toxic options, Satin Hold is rated 5 on Skin Deep but it contains Fragrance.

  Upper Management Styling Gel by   Kiss My Face , rated 2 on  Skin Deep, 12 $ (a pretty unctuous gel). It is a little older product, formulation 2005, if the formulation has changed it is necessary to check the ingredients.
Ingredients: Purified, Deionized Certified Organic Floral Water (Of Nettle, Calendula And Chamomile), Carbopol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid Derived), Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Grapefruit Extract.

Giovanni Shine of The Times Gel, rated 3 on Skin Deep.


Often gels and foams for the hair can cause dandruff and their texture can be appropriate or not dependent upon the length of the hair.

The prices of the certified organic products for the hair are sometimes indecent and there is not yet much choice either.


Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Perfect Hold Hair Spray rated 2  on  Skin Deep.


INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS Perfect Hold Hair Spray certified USDA  ORGANIC.

  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Peppermint Hair styling gel/lotion, USDA Certified Organic.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol*, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic fairDeal Hemp Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol

Amongst the fixative sprays, it is very difficult to find healthier, certified organic options. Several of them are graded 2 on Skin Deep. Remains to be seen whether the products are on the shelves of the stores.


Aubrey Organics Nustyle Organic Hairspray – Regular Hold, 8/10 grade for health on  GoodGuide.

Here’s a link towards  GoodGuide  offers the best hairdressing sprays. You are likely to find in the pharmacies:  L’Oréal Elnett Strong Hold (unscented-green) but on Skin Deep this product is rated 6 and the ingredient “Fragrance” is present despite the word “unscented” which indicates that they are rather using the unwanted masking agents


To avoid :  Furterer Gloss Spray , in the red, graded  9 on   Skin Deep  and


Sebastian Shaper Hairspray, Regular, Styling Mist for Hold & Control , also in the red, graded  8 on   Skin Deep .

Several popular fixatives, L’Oréal, Garnier  are in the red, graded 8 on Skin Deep. Check your products before buying them! On  GoodGuide  certain hairdressing products like  Vital Care  or  Paul Mitchell  are graded 0/10 for health!




Guide of non-toxic hygiene, beauty and cosmetic products

[1] ↑ Source: Gillian Deacon, There’s Lead in Your Lipstick.

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