DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray & Non Toxic Hair Treatments

Hair spray is one item I had a hard time replacing when it came to switching over to a less toxic lifestyle. I have really fine, soft hair that likes to be super flat no matter what. I always used hair spray to give it volume. I tried a couple less toxic brands, but nothing worked like I wanted it to. I kept seeing recipes for “sea salt” hair spray and finally decided to do some research and experimenting.

 

Harmful ingredients in hairspray:

•Parabens: Considered a xenoestrogen.

•Benzyl salicylate: Considered a xenoestrogen.

•Lilial: A synthetic scent that is rated as a 7 in the EWG app. The major concern being that it can build up in the body.

•Eugenol: Another scent found in hairspray that is also rated as a 7 in the EWG app with the major concern of organic toxicity.

•Petrochemical plastics polymers: Considered a xenoestrogen.

•Synthetics fillers: Contain harmful compounds that build up in the body.

•Artificial fragrances: One of the worst ingredients to have in a list since it can contain any combination of 3,000 or more chemical ingredients. This includes xenoestrogens and many allergens.

 

What are Xenoestrogens?

Xeno means foreign. Xenoestrogens are foreign forms of estrogen that mimic it’s effects in the body.

Xenoestrogens can bind to hormone receptors, which creates an excess of circulating estrogen in the bloodstream. This leads to estrogen dominance. You can learn more about estrogen dominance in this video. 

They are also difficult for the body to process and often end up getting stored in the body’s fat cells, where they can build up and cause even more problems.

 

How to make your own hairspray:

  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 2 tbsp epsom salt (I chose a scented one)
  • 1 tsp sea salt

*If you have very dry hair or super thick/curly hair I recommend adding aloe vera gel and/or leave in conditioner

*You can also add essential oils by using 1 tbsp of aloe vera and 5-10 drops of essential oil.

 

Essential Oils for Hair:

 

Supporting Hair Growth:

  • ylang ylang (also good for hair loss)
  • rosemary
  • lemon (also great for greasy hair)

 

For Greasy Hair & Itchy Scalp:

  • tea tree oil or melaleuca
  • rosemary—great for dandruff but also for oily scalp—also great for hair growth
  • lemon
  • holy basil-itchy

 

Dandruff:

  • rosemary
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • holy basil

 

To Support Thicker Hair:

  • lavender

 

For Thinning or Brittle Hair:

  • cedar wood
  • juniper berry
  • sage
  • clary sage- great for hair loss and helping to balance hormones to avoid this

You can consider adding these essential oils to your shampoo (I use the hair support blend from RMO). You can also add a diluted version to your hairspray or leave in conditioner (see instructions above).

*Warning: Be careful using citrus oils in leave products like hairspray or conditioner if you are going out in the sun. It can lighten your hair and make your scalp sensitive to light.

 

Scalp Massage for Dandruff/Psoriasis/Hair Growth:

If you struggle with dandruff, psoriasis, or want to stimulate hair growth you can try doing a scalp massage with EO.

  1. Choose an EO based on what your goal or issue is.
  2. I recommend using coconut oil and using 1-3 drop of EO and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil.
  3. Part your hair down the middle. Mix oil into coconut oil and start massaging into scalp. Just focus on your scalp. You don’t have to pull it through to the ends of your hair.
  4. Allow the oil treatment to stay in for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. Rinse out with warm water.

 

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