Is aerosol hair spray really bad for the environment?



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    Yes, aerosol hair spray cans are definitely bad for the environment. The reason being is that aerosol cans release loads of CFCs into the ozone layer. CFC is short for chlorofluorocarbon (thank goodness for abbreviations!). Basically, they are nontoxic materials that become detrimental when released into the atmosphere, where they break down the ozone layer. The particular part of the ozone layer that these CFCs deplete is what generally protects the Earth from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. It doesn’t take much of a depletion to increase the risk of skin cancer in humans and other genetic damage for many organisms. Scary, right? Well, there’s more. One CFC molecule takes over 100 years before it becomes harmless. 100 years!

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    Yes, until recently, many aerosol hairsprays used CFC propellants. CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) have been linked to damage done to the stratospheric ozone layer. Damage to that part of the ozone layer is particularly harmful because the stratospheric layer contains chemicals that play an important role in filtering out ultraviolet radiation.

    After the discovery of the damage caused by CFC’s in 1974, the US EPA took steps to phase out CFC’s in aerosol and other products. Since then most hairspray companies have found alternative propellants that do not cause as much environmental damage.

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    CFCs have been banned for years and have been pretty much phased out of aerosol hairsprays. Hyrdofluorocarbons are now used in place of CFCs and are much less polluting.

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    Yes.  CFC’s are bad for the environment.  If you’re going to use hairspray look for ones with this logo.


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    Most Aerosol sprays are bad for the environment because they contain CFC’s (Chlorofluorocarbons) which deteriorate the ozone layer.

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    No…  Absolutely not…  Unless you go back in time 30 years.  Since 1978, no aerosols made or sold in the U.S. have contained CFCs except for a tiny fraction (less than 2%) specifically approved by the government for essential medical and other unique uses, such as inhalers for asthma sufferers. Not only are CFCs absent from the propellant used in aerosols, but there are no CFCs in the products packed in aerosol packages, such as hair spray, deodorants, antiperspirants or other personal care items, nor are they in spray paint, household, food or automotive products. The industry is in full compliance with rules established by the EPA, the FDA, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

     It took 30 years for the earth to show signs of healing from Ozone damage…  But mother earth is getting better…  Our next goal is to reduce carbon dioxide…  CO^2.  As this will take longer for the earth to recover from… The polar caps are melting…  Hence floods in some countries & droughts in others…  If your county or town is requesting a ban on hose pipes because of water shortage…  Think how it will be in another 10 year.  Wake up smell the coffee and think of the children in the future.

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    Yes, it is. As mentioned before, the CFCs harm our ozone layer… plus why put all those nasty chemicals in your hair? You’re much better off making your own… it’s easy! Here is a recipe from my new favorite website, This is seriously the best website ever for natural beauty products, it tells you how to make your own conditioner, shampoo, lotion, lip balm, facial cleanser, and more! The best part is, they are all completely natural and preservative free, so make sure you’ve got some room in your refrigerator. 

    Hair Spray for Fine Hair
    This recipe is courtesy of Jeanne Rose Kitchen Cosmetics


    • 1 Lemon

    • 2 C Water

    Quantity:  Makes about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Lemon Hair Spray.

    To Make:  Chop up the Lemon in a wooden bowl so that you don’t lose any of the juice.  Add the chopped Lemon to the water in the top of a double boiler.  Simmer the mixture until the liquid has been reduced by half.  Strain through cheesecloth or fine silk cloth and pour the liquid into a bottle that will fit a pump-type sprayer.  A washed and rinsed Windex bottle will do for your spray container.  Add 1/2 cup of water to thin the mixture if necessary.

    To Use:  Spray your hair with this mixture whenever necessary.  Since it is gentle, with not alcohol or chemical additions, it can be used on children’s hair too.  Should be made fresh every few days and kept in the fridge between uses.

    Tip No. 1:  One cup of the Lemon Hair Spray can be preserved with 1 oz. or more of Bay Rum.

    Tip No. 2:  Substitute an Orange for the Lemon for dry hair.


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