Beachy Waves with Non-Toxic Hair Styling Products
Over the past few months my non-toxic beauty segment got insanely popular, all thanks to you guys who have been commenting and sharing your favorite pieces. In the latest installment I’d like to touch on a topic I didn’t bring up before: hair styling. These days it’s fairly easy to find organic skincare and natural makeup, but non-toxic hair products – especially for styling – are still a little bit harder to come by.
My go-to tousled, windswept waves are easy to achieve with these three amazing products.
I am not going to be a hypocrite here and pretend like my entire beauty routine is clean and natural, but I have been slowly incorporating healthier products for daily use. Such is the case with my hair styling lineup, which is actually fairly basic. My hair is pretty low maintenance, so normally I don’t have to use a whole lot of products to style it. Thankfully, the “rolled out of bed” look is still in and not going anywhere anytime soon, so I’ve been rocking beachy waves on the daily like there’s no tomorrow.
I recently wrote about my experience with this new curling tool, so think of this post as sort of an extension of that one. Once the waves are done, you need to fix them in place so they don’t just fall flat. There are three products I’ve been seriously loving lately, and all of them are non-toxic, clean, natural, and organic!
Gaffer & Child Hair Pomade
Gaffer & Child Hair Pomade – smooth, buttery texture
A good matte pomade doesn’t weigh down my hair, and helps keep everything in its place without making it look greasy or oily. Gaffer & Child Hair Pomade ($36 for 2 fl oz) is a great non-toxic option for those of you who use pomades daily [like our very own Mr. Glamorable]. Think of it as a miracle balm that can tame flyaways, baby hair, and add some lightweight texture or smooth the strands and split ends if that’s your goal. This pomade offers light hold, but it also nourishes the hair with a mix of organic oils, butters, and waxes. The product is highly concentrated, and a little goes a long way. In fact, I suspect one tin will easily last me close to a year. I also really like how it smells: it’s herbal and earthy, without any fruity or floral notes, very unisex.
How to use: Warm a dime-sized amount between your palms [or as much as needed], and run them through your hair, or touch up the spots that need extra lovin’. Works best for smooth styles and taming frizz & flyaways.
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Carnauba Wax, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Kaolin Clay, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Lavender Extract, Dead Sea Salt, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Cane Sugar.
John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer
John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer – grainy and sticky, like honey. Perfect for styling!
I have fine flat hair, so for me a hair texturizer is a must if I want to achieve some volume. A texturizer is easily my most-used hair styling product, and John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer ($21 for 2 oz) is currently the only natural option I own, but that’s the only one I really need. And yes, it smells as delicious as it sounds! The consistency is tacky and sticky – like really thick honey, – and you really don’t need much product to add a whole lot of texture to the hair. I rub a tiny amount between my palms, and scrunch my curls to give them lasting texture and medium hold so they don’t fall flat throughout the day. I also like to use this texturizer to lift the roots, and even though it doesn’t hold as well as a hairspray, it still looks a lot better than not lifting them at all.
How to use: Apply sparingly to wet or dry hair, and style as usual. Excellent for defining the curls and for spiky looks.
Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (castor seed) Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (bourbon vanilla) Fruit Oil, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Flower Oil, Organic Citrus Reticulata (tangerine) Peel Oil, Organic Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Peel Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Organic Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Phytic Acid.
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray
SEA SALT SPRAY:
Sea salt spray is a classic styling product for creating beachy waves. In fact, some girls claim it’s all they really need. Unfortunately, my hair refuses to hold any hair style if I don’t cement it with multiple products, so for me a sea salt spray doubles as a setting spray in addition to its great texturizing capabilities. I discovered Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray ($24 for 4 oz) via POPSUGAR, and it’s been my go-to for the past few weeks. It immediately gives my hair an intentionally messy, lived in look, which is exactly what I go for. You know, low key woke up like this hair, that sort of thing. 😉 This spray smells like geranium [which by the way I adore], and even though it’s a floral note, it’s more of a “spice rack” floral if that makes sense, kind of like lavender. Definitely not a girly scent, but still undeniably pleasant.
How to use: Spray generously throughout damp or dry hair, scrunch with fingers, and style. Or spray the hair roots to ends, braid it, and wake up with perfect second day waves.
Ingredients: Water, Atlantic Sea Salt, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sea Kelp Extract, Organic Rose Geranium Essential Oil & Organic Palmarosa Essential Oil.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little roundup of my favorite non-toxic hair styling products! I know they can be hard to find, so let me know if there are any other natural hair products you tried and loved, so we can all learn from one another.
Have you used any of these products or brands before? What’s one hair styling product you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!