By Diane Small
Anyone who’s entered a busy hair salon knows how hairspray can cause a cough–and no wonder! Common chemicals found in hairspray are aerosol propellants, alcohol, carcinogenic polyvinylpyrrolidone plastic, formaldehyde, and artificial fragrance, which can cause low blood pressure, breathing difficulty, irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and even a coma. Over extended use, these chemicals also increase the risk of developing the lung disease thesaurosis, as well as cancer.
Hair gel isn’t much better. While it’s not as volatile due to the fact that it’s not sprayed, it normally contains parabens, propylene, formaldehyde, phthalates and other chemicals that are absorbed by your hands and scalp, which can hurt your health over the long run, and damage your hair too.
So thank goodness there are several new chemical free hairstyling products on the market! We’ve covered natural shampoos before, and while that is clearly a popular and growing market, it seems the development of natural styling products was slightly slower. Here, we’ve found what we think are some of the best organic hair styling products, chosen for the efficiency, naturalness and delicious scents.
Got thick, unruly hair? Rahua’s natural hair wax will keep it strictly in place! This all natural, great smelling wax bonds with hair gently and helps you create a unique look, be it adding height and definition to shorter hair, or more control and manageability for longer or curly hair. It’s based on carnauba wax, which washes out super easily, though it provides plenty of staying power.
Hair spray is usually pretty nasty! It’s normally basically plastic particles in alcohol that you coat your hair with – and breathe in, too! And don’t even get us started on the damage that those aerosol cans do the ozone layer…But finally, we found a hair spray that’s free from alcohol, parabens, sulfates and of course, cruelty. The hold isn’t as fine as chemical hair sprays, but it is solid, and will keep your mane in place all day.
Got limp, thin hair? This is the perfect product for you. Spritz of this all-natural miracle product onto damp hair, blow dry, and feel like you’ve doubled your hair count! Leaves hair feeling soft, too.
This product by John Masters Organics is full of organic and natural ingredients that help keep hair healthy, whilst providing extra-strength hair texturising. It’s great for shaping shorter hair into any desired style, from the bed-head look to smooth and silky, and helps long, curly hair retain its shape, too. It also adds incredible shine and is safe for colour-treated hair.
Need a new look? This completely natural hair gel helps create new looks time and time again or just adds volume when you need it. Organic bamboo protects your hair from excessive heat like blow drying and straighteners, while plant extracts help to tame and enhance your hairstyle, keeping it in place. Great for a natural look without stickiness.
If you have really thick hair, this is for you! It’s a detangler with light conditioning benefits, made to soften unruly hair and prevent damage, leaving hair shiny and manageable. This certified organic styling product is great for all hair types but ideal for hair that likes to tangle and snarl, this can be used on the whole family including baby fine hair. Intelligent Nutrients also includes a huge range of other styling products, including a hair spray that really holds!
Ok, some may think mousse is an 80s throwback, but the reality is, it’s the perfect product if you’re looking for something between a gel and a hair spray. This one by Giovanni offers texture, body and volume, all thanks to its natural ingredients like rosemary, mallow and horsetail. Has a lovely citrus scent, too.
This certified organic leave-in hair serum moisturizes and protects hair from dryness with light holding and styling properties that promote smooth, straight, glossy hair. Patent pending Larch Tree Resin provides hold so your straight styles last longer without dulling, building up or flaking
A Moroccan classic, Argan oil has been used for centuries for its hydrating qualities. It can be used in tiny amounts on the points of hair to smooth and calm frizz, massaged into the scalp to encourage hair growth, or even used on skin and nails for overall moisturising.
We all know that silicone isn’t great for the hair – it can ultimately be very drying. But what to do when your split ends are evident, and your hair frizzes up with the slightest bit of humidity? French brand Antonin B provides a great solution, without using silicone. Their Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum fortifies the very core of the hair fibre and smoothes down split ends, whilst also giving your hair strength, shine and definition. It’s especially good for dry or colour treated hair.