My neighbors must think I’m crazy

Growing up with very curly hair, I learned at a young age how to prevent frizz with chemicals products.  I’ve since come to cherish the extra volume that comes with textured hair and use almost no product – except for the occasional spritz of hairspray on humid days.  Hairspray contains many different chemicals and it is not safe to inhale constantly.  My solution? I wear a mask, only use non-aerosol products, and I do not use it in my house.  Yes, I stand in my front yard with a dentist-like mask on and spray my hair.  I firmly believe that there has to be balance between doing everything said to be “right/healthy/perfect” and doing what makes you feel good and look good.  Other ways to cut down on chemicals in your beauty routine:

  • Try using grape seed oil instead of lotion to prevent stretch marks. It’s all- natural, inexpensive, odorless, and can be found at the grocery store.  I used it during both of my pregnancies and loved it.  I keep it in a spray bottle in my shower and apply liberally before I get out.
  • Buff your nails for natural shine or use phthalate free nail polish.  I’ve bought phthalate free nail polish at health foods stores in the beauty aisle.
  • Olive oil is a great alternative to eye makeup remover solutions.  Just smear a dime-size amount on each eye and wipe off with a tissue.

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