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Hold Your Hair, Naturally

Hold Your Hair, Naturally

I still remember the cloying smell of the hairspray my mother used before she went to a party—agh, the fumes! I’m sure there was a hole in the ozone layer right above our house. When I grew up, I swore I’d never use hairspray. But when I wanted a slightly spiky look, the gel I bought to achieve it smelled almost as bad. Well, there is good news for all of us who want help styling, sculpting, or otherwise holding our hair: We’ve gathered our favorite formulas to keep your tresses in place without all the plastics, solvents, propellants, artificial fragrances and other chemicals—just pure and natural kitchen cupboard ingredients that will hold your hair to perfection.

Try Annie’s lovely lemony formula.

Or this simple rosemary-based formula.

Flax seeds work, too.

And so does sugar.

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this super-holding formula: It will even make punk-type spikes! If I wanted to be Medusa for Halloween, I’d use this to turn my hair into snakes.

This homemade mousse formula is a winner.

Or you can use plain aloe vera gel to style or hold hair. Just add a dab to damp hair.

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By Cait Johnson, Managing Producer, Care2 Green Living.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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8:08AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:26AM PST on Feb 3, 2013


2:10AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Nice ! :)

12:34PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Thanks for the info.

9:19PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012


6:19AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Please tell me what to do with my dry very damaged wavy frizzy spoilt end hair tried a dozen of shampoos and conditioner of the shelf and even absolute repair by loreal but all waste kindly suggest something

7:55PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

great article, thanks!

9:38AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011


But as these are all "food" ingregients, would have to shampoo daily?

5:04AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:17AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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