Hairsprays, even the ones made today, contain a number of chemcials that can have negative impacts on the environment. Although none of the hairsprays today contain CFCs like they did in the past, the chemicals in them can still have harmful effects on people, animals, and nature.
Hairsprays contain either Vinyl Acetate/Crotonates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer or Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer; both of these polymers are banned in certain countries due to the effects they can have. Hairsprays also contain butane, which can act as a toxicant to humans, as well as Cyclopentasiloxane and Propanol both of which can bioaccumulate and have negative impacts on the reproduction and health of animals.
Not only does hairspray contain VOC’s which are unfriendly to our environment, they also contain chemicals that make that it flammable.
The aerosol hairspray’s future is very unstable due to the ever-changing regulations in our legislation. Because of the recent environmental awareness, the public is accepting the pump spray as the best alternative, which means that more amounts of pump hairspray are being produced than aerosol. Hair product companies are also altering the material make up of their products, making them more environmentally friendly.
There are manufacturers out there that have come up with hairsprays without the alcohol and petroleum derived synthetic resins that are harmful to the environment. These hairspray use sugar-biopolymer (polysaccharides) which are essentially complex carbohydrates that act similarly to synthetic resins in terms of hold, without harming us or the environment. In addition to this, they are derived from natural renewable resources and are biodegradable.
Suncoat has the Natural Sugar Based Hairspray, Bali-Hai has Aloe Pro-Set Hair Spray, and Altobella has the Witch Hazel Hairspray.
These products are available at:
You can also make your own natural, homemade hairspray. All you need is sugar and water or a mixture of oranges and flax seed. Directions are available in the links below:
One awesome set of tips that I found in all of my scavenging for information on the internet was a video on the 7 things that you can recycle that you thought you couldn’t. One of them is actually hair. Check out the citation for the video.
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