One product I've been missing for a long time is hairspray. It's not something I use all that regularly, but it's still a product I like to have on my shelf for those occasional styles that demand it. Mainstream hairsprays are arguably some of the most toxic cosmetics out there, full of plastics, petrochemicals and phthalates and linked to eye and lung irritation, so I wanted to find a healthier option to have on hand.
As you may already know, Intelligent Nutrients is one of my favorite hair care brands. Their products consistently have very clean ingredients and many of them even carry USDA Organic certification. Certified Organic Perfect Hold Hair Spray is one of the original products that the company launched with and is so pure that Intelligent Nutrients' founder, Horst Rechelbacher (also the founder of Aveda) has even been known to drink it! While I have no interest in tasting my hairspray, with that in mind, I feel pretty safe using it on my hair.
Let's start with application. Perfect Hold comes in a regular spray bottle. The mist is less even and a little heavier than an aerosol hairspray, but it's still very functional. It may make your hair feel damp for a minute or two if you get a lot of product in one spot, but it dries quickly. In the bottle, the hairspray smells very citrusy, but when I spray it on, I mostly smell alcohol. The smell dissipates as soon as it dries and doesn't leave any noticeable scent on your hair.
Sprayed lightly, Perfect Hold gives a lovely medium hold. Used this way, your hair still moves and is very touchable. If what you're going for is a firm hold, you'll need to use more product, which can leave your hair feeling a little crunchy.
Like I said, I don't use hairspray regularly, but this is a perfect product for the occasional times when I feel more adventurous with my hair and need something to hold a style in place. It is a little pricey, at $29 for 6.7 fl oz/$12 for 2 fl oz, so perhaps not the most economical option if you're an everyday hairspray user, but I do really like it. If you want a firm hold without any crunchy feeling (though I've yet to actually find that in a natural product), you may want to look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a healthy hairspray with good, pure ingredients and are willing to spend the money, this is a great choice.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Alcohol Denat.*~, Acacia Senegal Gum*, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Ethyl Palmate*, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil*+, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*+, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil*+, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil*+, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*+, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil*, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil*, Citrus Noblis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Limonene*^, Linalool*^, Geraniol*^, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) | * Certified Organic, +antioxidant Intellimune™ Seed Oil Complex, ~denatured using certified organic Bergamot essential oil, ^Naturally occurring component of organic Essential Oil blend