Personal Care

Zero waste hair spray/mousse

I’ve been replacing my waste-producing items as they run out with more sustainable, waste-free options. Usually this is a fun challenge, but there is one item that I had been anxiously watching as my supply dwindled:

TRESemme Flawless Curls Enhancing Mousse13075182

Yes, I have frizzy, curly hair and have been using this same product for years and years. It works great in my hair, cutting the frizz and making my curls form without making them stiff. I absolutely LOVE it, and replacing it seemed daunting.

That is, I loved it until I looked it up on the Environmental Working Group’s safety profile. It has a hazard score of 5 (on a 1-10 scale)! Especially concerning is the warning that it has contamination concerns for butadiene, a known human carcinogen. Using it sparingly on a few occasions probably won’t cause any problems, but I have used this stuff in abundance over years and years!!!!

The best way out of a hole is to stop digging.

And, thanks to Bea Johnson’s hairspray recipe, there is a solution that is actually BETTER than TRESeme. And not just because it doesn’t have carcinogen concerns. It actually works better, believe it or not!

Oh, and it costs about 1/4 the price.

Ready for the recipe? It is super complicated (not):

  1. Boil sliced lemons for 30 minutes (I used 2). Strain.
  2. Add a splash of vodka or rum.

I told you it was complicated…

Seriously, I thought it was crazy and would never work, but it does! I apply it exactly the way I did the TREseme mousse. I apply it to my damp hair with a small refillable spray bottle and then I blow dry with a diffuser for a few minutes.

Bea Johnson from Zero-Waste Home also uses it, and she has straight hair. So I bet it works for many different hair styles.

Below are pictures from my last batch. The big pic is of the lemons before boiling. You add just enough water to cover them, and then allow it to simmer for about 30 minutes. Go read a book, play with the kids, or clean something while you wait. After it cooled, I picked out the lemons, gave them a good squeeze to get all the fluid out, then strained it, added a splash of rum, and drank it…I mean…put it in a bottle.

I keep it in the refrigerator to help preserve it. It should last for a good month.

I read online how some people were worried about bees being attracted to this, but that has not been the case for me. Also, it only has a slight lemon scent when wet, but no fragrance once it’s dry.


So if life gives you lemons, make a great hair product. (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

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