I grew up in the 80’s when big hair was THE thing. I had the bangs, I had the perms, I had the Aqua Net and I had REALLY bad hair. Unfortunately, even as the years past and big hair became less popular, my hair still never looked super healthy. I now know that even the expensive salon shampoos and products I was using on my hair were not good for me. Sure, I had switched from drug store brands, to the expensive shiny bottles promising me locks I would love. However, it never really happened for me.
“Did you know that when you sleep and put your head down on your pillow every night, the toxins from your styling products, shampoo and conditioner residue can absorb into your face and cause acne, among other not so pretty things” Food Babe.
When I began cleaning up my diet about 8 years ago, I also started to clean up the products I was using on my skin and my hair. However, the one thing that took me the longest to give up was hairspray. However, I can finally say I’m sober from hairspray. I’ve been free and clear for many many months now and you know what, it’s totally possible to live and live well without hairspray. So, I wanted to share the reasons we ALL should give up hairspray:
1. Hair that does not move, does not look good. You’ve seen this right? People who have helmet heads, this is not a good look.
2. It smell terrible, I’ve never found a hairspray that smells good.
3. TOXINS: Some common ingredients in hairsprays include alcohol, artificial fragrance, phthalates, carcinogenic polyvinylpyrrolidone plastic (PVP). Users of hair spray risk developing a lung disease called thesaurosis, which causes enlarged lymph nodes, lung masses, and changes in blood cells. The FDA reported that in one study, victims recovered within six months of discontinuing the use of hair spray (source: http://www.ourlittleplace.com/article6.html).
First if all, alcohol is extremely drying for your hair, so you want to avoid products with alcohol if you want healthy hair. Artificial fragrance and phthalates are cited as causing birth defects, nervous system disorders and allergies to name a few.
“Phthalates are xenoestrogens, foreign to the body, that often act as estrogens once ingested or absorbed. These EDCs interfere with normal hormonal function and metabolism. Conditions associated with EDCs include:
- Decreased sperm count
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Ovarian cancer
Now, what do you do if you feel like you MUST have something for your hair. My absolute FAVORITE hair care products are these 2 brands and linked where you can buy these.
2. DoTerra, I’ve been switching off and on using the Morocco Method product and doTerra’s shampoo, condition and best of all hair serum. I really like the salon essentials hair care system. I love the smoothing gel.
Basically, you want to be putting natural products on your hair and skin. Our skin absorbs anything we put on our skin our scalp our hair. These toxins get into our blood stream. So spend the time and get educated about what you put on your body so that you can have shiny hear but most of all you can be healthy and vibrant.