Whether you like it or not (I'm on the fence), bigger, '80s-influenced hair is back. During the next five years, you'll be seeing less and less of the straighter-than-straight, glossy lengths of the past five years. For those of us with naturally full and curlier hair, this means we'll be using less products (compared with the arsenal that it takes to straighten), while flat-haired women might be using more.
Along with big hair comes different hair products; those of us with natural volume need to be able to keep it tamed down a bit and in place (and especially out of our faces). Whether you take inspiration from a shorter style from Demi Moore circa "St. Elmo's Fire," or the long, voluminous movie-star hair of today, some serious hairspray (and a great cut) is needed.
So along with '80s hair (with a more modern twist) comes hairspray — roaring back to popularity. I've heard Aqua Net referred to so many times in the last couple months, it's a little scary. And while hairsprays might not be made with ozone-destroying ingredients anymore, many are still made with some really toxic stuff, especially chemical fragrances and propellants.
A young woman rocks an '80s-style short cut with blue eye shadow and mascara (Photo: Baylee Farris/Flickr)
Especially if you're going to be using hairspray most days, opting for a natural version is safer — not only because eventually it will be washed down the drain and into our waterways (all hair-care products eventually go there), but because when you use hairspray, you are inevitably breathing it in upon application. So whatever's in that spray, unless you hold your breath and then run out of the room, is going to end up in your lungs, and the lungs of the people around you, possibly exacerbating asthma or any other respiratory issues. Seems like a good reason to go natural to me.
I found the below two sprays at Whole Foods, and they both work well on keeping my bangs in place and my topknot tidy. Neither is super-extra-strength, but I prefer a spray that will brush out at the end of the day, and both of these do.
Giovanni's L.A. Hold Styling Spritz
(pictured left) comes out of the bottle with a very fine spray and it covers, rather than coats hair, so no helmet-head is likely if used judiciously. The scent is extremely light, and the hold is strong and lasted me all day, and there are plenty of hair-loving ingredients like chamomile, St. John's Wort, yarrow and horsetail (the herb, not from a horse — in fact this spray is vegan). This brand is also available at Walgreen's, which has a wider distribution than Whole Foods. ($7.95)
Andalou Naturals Perfect Hold Sunflower and Citrus Hair Spray
goes on a bit thickly — would be great to have a finer mist, and the product is not super strong and more of a medium-hold, which is great for keeping curls together or hair controlled, but doesn't work as well as keeping hair up in unnatural positions. It contains a number of healthy-hair ingredients, so this stuff definitely won't damage your hair. ($9.95)