• Traci Macfarlane

Why You Should Stop Using Aerosol Products Now!

Do you have any aerosol cans sitting on your bathroom counter? If so, we’ve got to talk.

Chances are even the most environmentally-friendly household probably still has at least one or two aerosol cans sitting around somewhere. They’re remarkably popular and practical, used for everything from whipped cream to hairspray to cleaning products to sunscreen.

But here’s the problem:

While aerosol cans can be convenient, they’re also potentially damaging to the environment and your overall health.

The History of Aerosol Products

It’s important to differentiate between aerosols and aerosol products.

Aerosols can be natural. They’re simply a suspension of tiny liquid droplets or other substances in the air. Fog, for example, is an aerosol. Gas, clouds, steam, and smoke are all examples of aerosol. (Bet you didn’t know that!)

Aerosol cans, on the other hand, are a different story. They’re devices that create an aerosol mist of the product inside the can. Hairspray is a common example. By using a propellant, the product is forced through a tiny hole in the can, causing it to come out as a fine mist or aerosol.

This was a revolutionary delivery mechanism, first popularized around the 50s. No one thought much about it... until the ozone layer started to noticeably breakdown, sending off alarm bells in the 1980s.

One of the most popular propellants used in aerosol cans were chlorofluorocarbons, also known as CFCs. It was discovered in the early-70s that this propellant was highly damaging to Earth’s ozone layer. By the 80s, the ozone layer was in bad shape, and people started to set aside the aerosol cans.

CFCs were banned in the late-80s and the planet started to heal itself. Hurray! The holes in the ozone layer started to show signs of recovery after the damage we inflicted on them in the 20th century. It’s expected that, by the 2060s, the damage to the ozone layer will have been healed in its entirety.

But wait…

The Story Continues

This example doesn’t mean that we can sit back and congratulate ourselves. Banning CFCs shows that when we take concrete steps to save the planet (and ourselves), we’re capable of repairing the planet.

Today, aerosol products may not contain CFCs anymore, but they still use highly-compressed gas to propel their contents. They’re called Hydrocarbons, and they are NOT good for the environment, despite some claims to the contrary.

Hydrocarbons and other propellants can also trigger allergies in many people, making them a health concern as well.

Besides the environmental factors, there are other practical reasons not to use aerosols.

Aerosols Are A Waste of Money

Imagine that you buy a carton of milk (or milk alternative) at the grocery store. Can you imagine how annoyed you’d be if you had to throw it out while there were still at least two glasses worth in the carton? Well, that’s pretty much exactly what you’re doing when you use aerosol products.

There are two substances inside aerosol containers: the actual product and the propellant that facilitates getting it out of the can. Once that propellant is expended, that’s it. There’s no way to get the rest out. That’s why, when you find an ancient can of deodorant or hairspray, it doesn’t work very well. There likely isn’t much propellant left, leaving the actual contents trapped inside. It’s simply a waste of money.

Aerosols Can Leave a Residue

One thing that we believe strongly here at Thair Hair Boutique & Spa is in the purity of the products we sell. The last thing you want is to get a byproduct on your skin or hair. But when you use aerosol products, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Most commercial hairsprays in aerosol cans are notorious for this. Most aerosol hairsprays use plastic-based ingredients. These leave a plastic-y residue on whatever you spray with them, including your hair. Gross!

What Are the Alternatives?

Thankfully, there are simple alternatives out there that don’t use propellants that fill the air with fine particles.

The most common alternative is a simple spray bottle. You push down on the botton on top and a fine mist of whatever is in the bottle comes out. These use a physical, rather than a chemical, propellant: your own finger! They’re almost as convenient and are much better for the environment and overall air quality. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the chemical propellant that’s used to propel the contents out, meaning that you’ll be able to use ALL of the product contained in the bottle.

When you visit Thair Hair Boutique & Spa, you’re not going to find any aerosol bottles or products in our store. All of the beauty products we carry are 100% safe for your health and are selected with an eye on the environment. If you’re trying to make green choices when it comes to your beauty products, then Thair is the place for you!

If you’d like to learn more, please drop by our location or book an appointment with us today!

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