Why pay silly prices for dry dull hair when you can get a healthy shiny mop for just pennies.
There are a number of recipes for home-made hairspray that generations of women have relied on, I know my mother and grandmother used their own home-made recipes in their younger days, when money was tight, after the war and in the swinging sixties when hairspray was used in abundance to help those beehive hairstyles withstand being swung around on the dance-floor, if these recipes can withstand rock n roll and a world war while helping to save the environment from plastic and gas pollution, using alternative solutions to nasty aerosol cans really is a necessity!
When I think back to the eighties, big hair, curly perms and shoulder pads were all the rage, I can’t help but feel a twinge of guilt about the amount of canned spray I used to help keep that Bon Jovi poodle perm from being one hair out-of-place, while doing the handbag dance to Frankie and George. If I can convince one person to ditch the D4s and D5s (silicon’s in hairspray), which according to Environment Canada and Health Canada are:
toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bio accumulate in aquatic organisms i,ii . Also, the European Union classifies D4 as an endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function iii , and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility iv . In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of D5 has been shown to cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system v .
Structurally similar to D4 and D5, cyclohexasiloxane (or D6) is also persistent and has the potential to bioaccumulate. Environment Canada’s assessment of D6 concluded that this third siloxane is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration that endangers human health or the environment, but noted significant data gaps concerning its toxicity vi. (http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—siloxanes/)
then we are one step closer to helping our Mother Earth recover from her “BAD HAIR DAY”.
Homemade Hair Spray
1 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vodka
20 drops of your favourite essential oils (rosemary is a known hair thickener)
Glass spray bottle
Boil the water, dissolve the sugar in the boiled water, stir until completely dissolved. Add the vodka and stir again.
Once the mixture has cooled add essential oils, mix well, Pour the mixture into the bottle and store in a cool place.
Shake well before each use.