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]

New Product:

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


  Lavera Gel for hair, certified BDIH,100 ml, 19.95 $, is the best product that I tested until now but, as you see, it is expensive, and it should be said that I have very short hair and that I do not make use of it often. So I do not know what this gives on daily use and on long hair….  
  LOGONA Naturkosmetik  Gel with bamboo extract, BDIH certified, 50 ml, 12.95$, light texture, it does not give me any dandruff, but I find it a little sticking.
  In the same collection, Logona Naturokosmetik , the Spray dressing with bamboo extract, BDIH certified, 150 ml, 22.95 $.
   Upper Management Styling Gel by   Kiss My Face , rated 1 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 Hair Care Styling Natural Mousse (2006 formulation), classified 0 on  Skin Deep .
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water) Extracts Of Rosmary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, Nettle (Urticadioica) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilus Flower) Oil, Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Farfara), Yarrow (Achillea Mille-Folium) Oil, Mallow (Malva Sylvestris), Horsetail (Equistetum Arvense) Oil, Pvp/Va Copolymer, Soybean Protein (Glycine Citric Acid (Com), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).


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.


  Giovanni Magnetic Force Styling Wax , rated 1 on  Skin Deep .
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water), Extracts Of Rosemary (Rosmariuns Officianalis) Oil, Sage Leaf (Salvia Officinalis), Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Soybean Protein, Kukui, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Steareth-20, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Oleth-10 Phosphate, Octyl Isononaoate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydrozymethylgycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived), Lactoferrin (Metalloprotein), Magnetite (Fe304).
  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Peppermint Hair Crème ( styling gel/lotion ), USDA certified Organic, clasified 2 on  Skin Deep .
Ingredients: Aqua, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Ethanol, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Mentha Peperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vit. E), (* Certified Fair Trade by IMO).

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:

Giovanni Hair Care Prod. F.N.M Styling L.A. Hold Spritz .

Jason Natural Cosmetics Salon: Finishing Spray – Aloe Vera & Bergamot et styling gel

Aubrey Organics Natural Missst Herbal Hairspray ( hair spray ).

Aubrey Organics Natural Missst Herbal Hairspray Super Hold ( hair spray ).

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

New product : Here’s a link towards  GoodGuide  offers the best hairdressing sprays. You are likely to find in the pharmacies:  L’Oréal Elnett Strong Hold or  Druide écological Hairspray , 250 ml, 13.49 $. These two products are graded 10/10 for health according to GoodGuide criteria s.

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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