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.