Styling my hair… I couldn’t get away from it when I had long hair and I still can’t get away from it now that I have short hair. 😉 It does take way less time to style it now, though. Funny thing is, I use more products now than I did when I had long hair! These are my current hair styling products.
Maple Holistics Assuage Hair Gel
I’ve shown this product on the blog before, just a little over a year ago, but that was when I had long hair and it didn’t do much for me at that time because I used products with a strong hold and this one has a softer hold.
Get the most out of your hair gel! Assuage Hair Gel is great for both men and women alike, and offers a host of beneficial ingredients to add volume and protect hair. Mild and easy to apply, Assuage hair gel is not only great for all hair types, but positively encourages healthy hair with ingredients that reduce hygral fatigue (the swelling and shrinking of hair as it gets wet and dries that can weaken the hair fibre over time), a common occurence that can be a side effect of unhealthy hair gels.
PVP K30 – Some kind of polymer…?
Disodium EDTA – A chelating agent, used to sequester and decrease the reactivity of metal ions that may be present in a product.
Carbomer – A term used for a series of polymers primarily made from acrylic acid.
Polysorbate 20 – In its original form, polysorbate is a harmless sorbitol, which is a sugar alcohol. For its use in personal care products, however, it’s treated with ethylene oxide—thus, the name “polysorbate 20,” because it’s treated with 20 parts of ethylene oxide.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil
Aloe barb adenosis Leaf Extract
Triethanolamine – Produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin).
Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil
Now with my short hair this product works great for me. I put it in my damp hair before I dry it, I find it helps add texture to my hair and prepares it for styling.
When my pixie cut was a bit longer, about two months ago, sometimes all I needed was this product plus hairspray. Once my hair was dry it looked perfect so I added a bit of hairspray and that was it.
That’s exactly what happened when I took the pictures for my FashionMia post.
Now that my hair is shorter I still need to style it once dry, but this gel helps add texture to my hair.
DECODE Texturizing Hair Paste
I bought this hair paste about a month ago because I needed a new styling product and this one sounded like it would be good.
DECODE Texturizing Hair Paste is a high quality paste that provides a medium, workable hold all day with a natural-looking satin finish, ideal for shaping your hair into any style.
Polyquaternium-69 – A tetrapolymer… read more.
Glyceryl Stearate SE – A lipid used as surfactant and emulsifying agent. Vegetable origin.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin.
Cetyl Alcohol – A long chain organic alcohol, this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin.
Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil
AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer – An aminomethylpropanol salt… read more.
Pisum Sativa (Pea) Peptide
Dehydroxanthan Gum – A product obtained by the dehydration of Xanthan Gum (a polysaccharide secreted by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris).
Ethylhexylglycerin – A glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent.
Sodium Benzoate – A preservative, it is the sodium salt of benzoic acid.
Potassium Sorbate – A potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occuring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative.
Sodium Hydroxide – Also known as lye and caustic soda, is a white crystalline odorless solid that absorbs moisture from the air. It is a manufactured substance.
Vegan, Natural, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Made in Canada, Synthetic Fragrance Free, Paraben & DEA Free
This product has a different texture than what I expected from a paste; I find it more sticky. I guess in a way it’s like a stretchy sticky paste, if that makes sense.
It doesn’t quite work the same as I expected it either. If I add it to my moist hair, it does help to add texture when I dry it, but it’s too much texture for my short hair. It makes them stand up a bit too much; it makes them too poofy. I can see this maybe helping when my hair is a bit longer. My preferred way to use it is to add it in once my hair is dry. It doesn’t really add texture/definition, which is what I was hoping it would do, but it helps style my hair nonetheless.
One thing I really love about this hair paste is its scent, it smells so good! It’s very fresh and unisex.
Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Styling Spray
The finishing touch for styling my hair is hairspray. When looking for a natural one, this Sugar Based Natural Styling Spray from Suncoat sounded good so I decided to give it a try. I bought this at the same time as the DECODE Texturizing Hair Paste.
Never spray petrochemical and alcohol again. This sugar-based natural styling spray is a superior alternative for your hair and our environment.
hydrolyzed Zea mays (corn) starch
citric acid – A weak organic tricarboxylic acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits.
tocopherol (vitamin E) – A class of organic chemical compounds many of which have vitamin E activity.
citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract
potassium sorbate – A potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occuring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative.
I would say that this hair spray has a medium hold, but you could definitely build it up by adding more. It helps keep my hair in place all day long (I often have some stray hairs around my cowlick). It won’t hold up against crazy strong winds, but otherwise it works great for me.
This spray really doesn’t smell much.
After all these products are put to use this is what my hair currently looks like. It’s quite short so there ain’t much to do with it. 😉
While these three products work well for now, the only one I plan on repurchasing is the Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Styling Spray, that one I love!
What products are you using?
– Chantal 🙂