HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS
There is quite a few products that fall into this category , mousse , hairspray, styling gels, serums, hair shining products. It is amazing just how many products we use in our daily routine.
I hope to give you some ideas of alternatives and ways you can make some of these products at home.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF HAIR
The amount of products on the market for different types of hair is bewildering to me. Often they feel as if they are just building up on the surface of our hair and weighing it down with product.
I don’t know about you, but my hair seems to be a combination, of dry ends and not so dry on my roots. I made the mistake before of putting a little dry hair conditioner on the lot, and I ended up looking like a greasy chip!
FRIZZY HAIR & HOW TO TAME IT!
I have a few friends that have this hair type, beautiful! There are many ways of keeping it soft and more manageable .There seem to be a huge amount of products on the market to give us all that beautiful feeling we have leaving the hairdressers.
The amount of chemicals that can be used in taming our hair are very strong and can have long lasting health issues.
I was reading a newspaper article on the Daily Mail .This gave the story of Georgiana Grundinschi who has developed a treatment for smooth, shiny hair without the nasty chemicals that they normally contain. She was using a Keratin treatment in the hairdresser before ,which also came with a hefty price tag! Called a Brazilian Blowout.
Since realising just how toxic the ingredient were, she has now developed a product called OWOW .She has packages for different prices, there are also many very interesting stories, about the problems with their health of hairdressers and customers alike with using the normal Keratin products.
Some of the photos look amazing , well worth checking this site out.
The care that you need for frizzy, curly hair is quite different, then Ethnic hair has its own challenges, but the amazing styling that is possible is really beautiful. Treasured Locks.com Have some great advice on caring for your hair, ideas of solving problems with dullness and condition.
Often men’s hair isn’t featured as often, but this great post by Frederick Benjamin gives a clear insight into Men’s Ethnic hair. That always surprises me, men are much more keen on their appearance than they ever were. Gone are the days of a bit of gel!
Coloured hair has its own challenges. I was trying to explain Purple Shampoo and products to my husband the other day why they work with blonde hair, that was interesting! While looking at purple products I came across this brand ( BOLD UNIQ It seems to have a good rating and doesn’t use Sulphates, SLS & Parabens) Also explaining just why you need to use these products on white /bleached hair. How to preserve the colour that you have spent so long applying. I dread washing my hair the first time after applying a colour or a henna product, the amount of colour that seems to fade after the first wash.
This contains — Polymers such as PVP, Propylene Glycol , Isobutane, propane and perfumes and Alcohol-( Ethanol) other chemicals can also be present ( reading information on this, the worst part, seems to be if it is inhaled.)
TRY USING A FACE SHIELD
To avoid inhaling these chemicals ,this link is for a couple of different face shields, if you are continuing to use a hairspray.
This Picture is the closest I could find to a Beehive Hairstyle!
I have to admit, this brings memories of salons and ladies years ago, with backcombed hair. Along with those huge hairdryers.I know that things have moved on.
I personally am not keen on it for myself, the smell is so strong.
The only thing I use hairspray for is a cheap fixer to my charcoal drawings!
HOMEMADE RECIPE FOR NATURAL HAIRSPRAY
There is a really simple homemade recipe for making a natural hairspray on LIVE ABOUT
This uses lemons or oranges as a base.
I never thought it could be so simple, it must smell so much better too .
I haven’t tried this myself, as I mentioned, I only use it on drawings, I doubt it would have the same effect.
I have found it quite difficult to find many Hairsprays .Either that don’t have the chemical mixture, or ones that people seem to be happy with.
This one on the link is by JOHN MASTERS is an Organic natural mixture.
They have many other organic products available too.
( Ingredients list from their website here)
HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR SEA SALT SPRAY
This was a new concept for me, I have to admit I wasn’t sure what it did?
Apparently it gives hair that messy” beachy “look, and it can enhance waves in your hair. I love that look .
SEA SALT SPRAY VIDEO BY SHYMA (ALLNATURAL28)
It seems that salt can be two fold, it can soften the hair but also dry out hair for other people.
It also depends on the other ingredients used.
There seems to be a salt spray body product as well.
SOME HOMEMADE SALT SPRAY RECIPES
For use with a spray bottle, you need Epsom Salts ( the minerals in Epsom salts help prevent the hair drying out.) or Natural salt, NOT table salt!
You can use different essential oils, the choice is yours, though Rosemary or Peppermint helps with hair growth. Then the addition of an oil which can be Coconut oil or Argan oil.
Use less oil ,if your hair is oily.
This one of the ways I have found on line, but I have not tried this out yet.
If trying anything, do a little tester first.
The way you make this, is to have hot, but not boiling water (I filter water then boil it before using it in the products,as this helps to prolong the use of the products) or you can use distilled water.
8 fl oz of water to 2 teaspoons of Epsom Salt, about 3 or 4 drops of essential oil, or more or less depending on your preference. One teaspoon of oil of your choice as mentioned above. The warm water helps to dissolve all the products together , also shake well before each use.
LAUREN CONRAD also has another recipe with some pictures of before and after .
A STRONGER SOLUTION FOR SALT SPRAY
I have seen another recipe on DR AXE which seems to be a stronger mixture, using much more salt, I believe it gives a greater hold. I have put a link on here for you to look deeper if you would like.
PLACES TO PURCHASE SALT SPRAY
Some of the products I looked into, still added Perfume and other chemicals.
I hope this list helps you.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE based in the USA .
The list of ingredients I have linked to this.
I have found it really hard, to find products without some sort of chemical.
I think it is probably better to make your own! Also a lot more cost effective ! I will add to this post as I find products without as many chemicals.
OTHER HAIR PRODUCTS TO ENHANCE AND PROTECT YOUR HAIR
Information below taken from their description.
- It consists of organic herbs and provides for an herbal solution of natural care.
- INDUS VALLEY HIBISCUS FLOWER AND OTHER FLOWER TREATMENTS
- STIMULATES HAIR GROWTH – The brightly hued hibiscus flowers are rich in nutrients such as amino acids that are necessary for producing keratin, the building blocks of our hair. Hibiscus flower is capable of stimulating hair regrowth even from dormant follicles and bald patches.
This powder is also recommended on their information, to help with age spots on your skin.This also comes with a recipe book.
They also sell an organic pure ALOE VERA LEAF POWDER
Again can help with the condition of your hair and hair growth. Info on the link.
This link has a lot of recipes and uses for this flower powder.
HAIR MOUSSE OR STYLING FOAM
Again the list of chemicals in these products are long.
there is a easy to read list on GREEN LIVING TIPS
Which is really comprehensive.
I didn’t realise that some Mousse also can contain a colour, to cover for instance grey hair. So that is an added chemical combination.
You really need to look into the ingredients, on which ever product you are happy with.
HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR STYLING PRODUCTS
They have a great section on making your own styling products.
This article gives 5 DIY tips to achieving the result you want without the chemicals.
There is a good solution to using a chemical based hair gel.
On this link is one made with Flax-seeds which look simple to make.
We do not use Hair Gel at home, but there seem to be a few recipes floating around with Flax-seeds. I am not sure how effective they are.
I love the branding on this product, it sounds fun and their message is pretty clear.
(INFO FROM THE LINK)
Made with 100% natural and organic ingredients. The list is on the link.
Their mission-Design & formulate the funkiest 100% natural grooming products, free from harsh chemicals & residue. I am all for that statement!
HAIR MOUSSE OR STYLING FOAM
Again the list of chemicals in these products are long. Please have a look on the link below.
This is an easy to read list GREEN LIVING TIPS
Which is really comprehensive.
I have found this a really hard product to find without a huge list of chemicals .
I think its one, I will have to add to bit by bit as I come across another brand.
( info on their website, which is linked on this ingredients section)
The link on the Amazon affiliate link has another list of ingredient from one of their sellers.
SUNCOAT NATURAL STYLING MOUSSE- by Yumi Bio Shop
A more natural product without a whole list of chemicals.They also do a hairspray found on their link.
Info from the Link to Amazon
- Flax protein and vitamin E protect hair from environmental damage. Alcohol-free. Scented with natural essential oils.
RECIPE FOR MAKING HAIR MOUSSE
LEAF.TV is a link to how to make your own HAIR MOUSSE.
They offer other recipes too. Loads of tips on making your own hair products.
JENN RYAN is a lady who has many ideas on safe products.
In this recipe for a hair mousse with Coconut , Olive oil and Lavender, she explains a homemade solution.In THE HEARTY SOUL .COM
I have put a little post on the Hair colour section, I am still not sure where is best for this product as some have colour and others a clear finish.
A little article here from ALL WOMENS TALK who give 7 Recipes for a homemade hair gloss. The article is a little old, but the recipes are simple to use.