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This amazing post was written by Jenn Ryan, a freelance writer, and editor who’s passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. You can read more of her work at thegreenwritingdesk.com.

Several years ago, while doing a project for my university German class, I realized that nearly every single one of my beauty and hygiene products not only tested on animals but contained harmful ingredients [1].

What’s a girl to do?

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I immediately set out to find natural, cruelty-free alternatives—but that was before I realized that it’s more economical (not to mention fun and empowering) to create your own products right at home!

Don’t get me wrong—natural products are amazing, and I love companies that go the extra mile to ensure their products are fair-trade, from renewable resources, and don’t test their products on poor innocent creatures. However, I also love creating stuff!

So without further ado, let’s discover why you might want to ditch your store-bought hair mousse.

Why Your Hair Products Are Less Than Perfect

Avoiding styling products for your hair can often be unrealistic and challenging. Many of us take years to find the perfect product—only to find that those chemical-laced, toxic cans of hairspray and mousse aren’t helping our bodies or our hair!

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Luckily for you, I’m about to share an amazing recipe for hair mousse that’s so easy, so delicious, and so perfect that you’ll never want to go back to that nasty chemical crap again.

But before we get to that, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about the chemicals in your hair products. Here are a few common ingredients that you’re inhaling (and your scalp is absorbing) when you use those hair products from the supermarket!

Polymers

Basically liquid plastic, this stuff is getting into your blood [2]!

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

A hydrogenated oil derivative that may increase the risk of breast and uterine cancers [3].

Propylene Glycol

Gotta love this stuff. Used in antifreeze, plastic products, food, and perfume. Difficult to tell which one doesn’t belong there. There have been very limited studies on what exposure—even small exposures—do to the human body [4].

I don’t know about you, but just the fact that it’s used in antifreeze and plastics is a warning sign!

Fragrance/Parfum/Limonene

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These are all part of a huge class of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, neurological and nervous system disorders, and more [5]!

Oh, and in case you think I made this stuff up, I simply searched for the ingredients of a popular hair care mousse from Garnier. These are only a few of the ingredients this product used (oh and by the way, Garnier tests on animals—their parent company is L’Oreal, who also tests on animals)!

You can find out more information about toxic chemicals in your mousse here [6].

But let’s look at an alternative, shall we?

Amazing DIY Hair Mousse

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You are going to be in love with this hair mousse. But first! Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients used.

Shea Butter

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Fabulous, unrefined shea butter is amazing. I would buy unscented because you’re going to add some essential oils to this blend to make your own scent. You’d be amazed at the places that sell shea butter now—even my supermarket sells jars of this stuff from a reputable, cruelty-free, and ethical brand.

Shea butter comes from a fruit that’s native to West Africa and happens to be one of the best moisturizers on the planet. It’s amazing! And the best part—you can use shea butter in just about every natural beauty product you make (I’ve used it in body butter, lip balms, deodorant, and sunblock!)

Coconut Oil

Do we need to mention how amazing coconut oil is? It’s great for your hair, body, and skin. Used in this recipe, how could you lose? Again, coconut oil is widely available. Be sure to buy organic, unrefined, and extra virgin for the best benefits!

Olive Oil

Long renowned for being excellent for hair and skin, you’ll be using equal parts of this with your coconut oil.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have some powerful health benefits, and for this recipe, you’ll need lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus! Find these at your local health food store or Whole Foods.

So all you need is these four ingredients. Amazing, right?

What You’ll Need

  • Jar
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 40 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
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Directions

  1. Whip the shea butter (you may need to heat it up a bit, it can be difficult to mix) with the coconut oil (likewise, you may need to heat this up, but only till its soft, not liquid). You can mix by hand or use an electric mixer.
  2. Whip until fluffy—may take up to 10 minutes.
  3. Add lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus essential oil to the blend; mix.
  4. Drizzle the olive oil and keep mixing for another few minutes.
  5. There you have it—an amazing, natural hair mousse! Keep out of direct sunlight, as essential oils don’t like light (that’s why they’re in those dark bottles).
  6. You can keep this mixture in a jar and go easy when using it—start out with a small amount to see how much you need. For best results, apply to damp hair.

Big thanks to Jennifer over at The Sweet Plantain for this amazing hair mousse recipe! Be chemical-free and gorgeous with this DIY hair mousse and ditch the toxic products you’ve been using. Your hair will thank you!

Interested in making more stuff with that shea butter, coconut oil, and essential oils? Try this easy and fabulous body butter [7]!

Stay gorgeous!

 

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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.
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