Enviornmental Concerns Alternative To Hair Sprays

Our environment is our responsibility and we should do all we can to protect it. There are many ways in which to do this, including making our own hair spray by more natural means.

An aerosol is a product that relies on a pressurized gas to propel substances out of a container. In 1970, the concept of an aerosol was originated. In 1899, aerosols pressurized using methyl and ethyl chloride as propellants were patented. By 1927, the first aerosol can and valve was patented. During World War II the modern aerosol can was created. A small aerosol can, pressurized by a liquefied gas called fluorocarbon, was developed in 1943. It was soon to be discovered that the fluorocarbons used in these aerosol cans caused damage to the ozone layer.

There are two places in which ozone occurs. It occurs in the level of Earth's atmosphere called the stratosphere. This ozone level is good and protects life from the sun's harmful ultra-violet rays. This level of ozone is being damaged or depleted by CFC's, or chlorofluorocarbons, and other man-made chemicals. When parts of this ozone are damaged, we experience maladies such as cataracts, skin cancer, and many other health problems. The other area of ozone is called ground level ozone. This is the bad ozone and is a pollutant that is a major health risk to all life on Earth. Ground level ozone is created when there is a chemical reaction between oxides of nitrogen and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in the presence of sunlight. Chemical solvents such as cleaning, disinfecting, degreasing, and cosmetic products emit both oxides of nitrogen and VOCs. To some degree these are released even when the product is only being stored. This bad ozone damages crops and vegetation and can be transported hundreds of miles from where it originated. Ground level ozone is also known as urban smog.

Today there are limits set, by the government and the individual states, on the levels of CFCs and VOCs a product can contain, but there is still damage that is being done to our environment. Our environment is our responsibility and we should do all we can to protect it. There are many ways in which to do this, including making our own hair spray by more natural means.


Homemade hairspray only consists of a few household products and is really simple to make and store.

1 chopped lemon

2 cups water

1 oz. Rubbing alcohol or Vodka(optional)

Boil water and lemon until about half of the initial amount remains in the pot. Let this cool. Strain and place in spray or spritzer bottle. As a preservative, add one ounce of the rubbing alcohol or Vodka. If kept refrigerated, this will last about 2 weeks, 1 week if kept at room temperature.

Hair stylists used this next concoction in 1964 for a final spray on fancy hairstyles. The idea of rubbing alcohol as a preservative came at a later date.

1 cup water

1 tsp. sugar

½ oz. rubbing alcohol

Again, boil water until half of the initial amount remains, let cool, and place in a spray or spritzer bottle. Keep refrigerated to last longer.

Another way to protect our environment is to use products that are the least hazardous to the environment. Do your research and read Material Safety Data Sheets prepared by manufacturers and marketers on all products you use. Follow all label directions and keep nozzles clean to prevent clogging. Use a non-aerosol pump applicator instead of an aerosol spray.

Also remember to follow all laws on the disposal of aerosol cans that still have product and pressure in them. If a spray that you purchase is malfunctioning, do not throw it away, contact the store and return or exchange it.

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