need for a well-rounded, hypoallergenic alternative to the everyday hairsprays we’re all used to using. the shelves of your local supermarket, and most of the big brands still haven't caught on to the Unfortunately, this can make finding the best fragrance-free hair sprays quite challenging; there aren’t a lot of resources to steal snippets of advice from, and the low-key chatter on forums and comment threads rarely provide the detailed info that’s needed to pick the good from the Fragrance-free hairsprays are still a relatively new phenomenon; you’re unlikely to find them on bad. Rather than just pointing you towards our own (excellent) range of fragrance-free hair sprays, we’ve decided to help you out by really delving into the anatomy of a good, fragrance-free hair spray; highlighting the most important attributes, and explaining the importance of: • A hypoallergenic formulation • Good hold • Good texture • A Neutral formula • A formula that’s gentle on sensitive skin Keen to find out more? Read on! Hypoallergenic formulation First things first, the importance of a hypoallergenic formulation. The amount of unpleasant, chemical additives that are found in regular hair products has become the primary driving force behind the shift towards fragrance-free options Spin a bottle of off-the-shelf spray around, and you’ll see an ingredients list that’s studded with perfumes, gluten-derived proteins and other, chemical nasties that are designed to kill bacteria, or cover up unpleasant odors. Historically, hairsprays have been absolutely packed with these chemicals, and with good reason too: Until relatively recent advances allowed us to ditch them completely, there was no better way to make sure that hairsprays stayed shelf-stable, bacteria-free and pleasant to use. Unfortunately, the chemical additives found in most regular hair sprays often trigger unpleasant allergic reactions: Limonene, linalyl acetate, and linalyl anthranilate are all popular additives designed to provide a pleasant fragrance, but in people that suffer from allergies or an over-sensitive immune-system, the presence of these chemicals can trigger a full-blown inflammatory response. And this means that people with a lot of allergies had to stomach all sorts of unpleasant symptoms - from swollen eyes right through to muscle aches, nausea and a swollen throat. The problem doesn't stop there either. Aside from the known allergens, most modern hair sprays also contain a number of chemicals that are known to irritate the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, and mouth. These chemicals, which include preservatives like formaldehyde, aren’t technically allergens, but they are known to trigger a number of unpleasant symptoms, including (but not limited to): • Headaches • Shortness of breath • Difficulty breathing • Wheezing • Runny eyes • A tight feeling in the chest In extreme cases, chemicals like formaldehyde can also irritate the skin in the same way as the allergens noted above, causing blistering rashes, redness or dermatitis as a result of prolonged use. If you suffer from asthma, they can also trigger attacks by irritating the lining of your airways. Worse still, they can produce these reactions in people who don’t actually suffer from allergies or sensitive skin. A found that around 30% of people have reported some sort of allergic-type reaction from common fragrances and chemicals found in hairspray, and there’s every chance that these irritating sensitivities are misdiagnosed as hay fever or something similar. A good, fragrance-free hair spray will be free from all of these chemicals and additives - from gluten right through to formaldehyde. They’ll be safe to use on a day-to-day basis and won’t trigger any sort of allergic-type reaction when they’re used to style your hair. This is certainly the case for both of our flagship hairsprays; the, and the No Nothing both of these hairsprays have been formulated from the ground up to be the best fragrance-free hairsprays that money can buy, and one of the key reasons for this is the fact that they rely on ingredients that are generally safe and won’t trigger any latent allergies. In fact, both have been approved by the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Association, and bear the organization’s internationally-recognized stamp, which means that they are safe for the vast majority of people who suffer from allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. Good hold Just because you’re going fragrance-free, doesn't mean that you should have to sacrifice the quality of your hairspray. The whole point of hairspray is to fix your style in place, add volume and provide texture; elevating your chosen style and helping to make sure that you look your absolute best for the duration of the evening. Unfortunately, a lot of fragrance-free hair sprays fall down on one of two fronts: They either provide too little hold, which can result in flyaways, frizz or messy hair, or they provide too much hold; gluing your hair to your head like a shellac helmet, and obliterating any trace of natural bounce. And that’s a shame because the chemistry behind hair sprays is relatively straightforward and very easy to balance. In simple terms, hairspray works by using a propellant to disperse two polymers ( and ) that combine together to form an invisible ‘hair net’, capable of fixing your hair in place. The balance of these two polymers, and the presence of other ingredients designed to modulate the bond determines the kind of hold that your hair spray will provide. And this is a known science: big brands like Elnet, Tresemme, Kerastase and Redken have spent decades perfecting their hairspray formulas, and we’re now at the point when you can find an option to suit every hair type. Unless, of course, you have sensitive skin, hate the scent or suffer from a serious allergy, but we’re here for that! Good hairsprays will also contain some form of nourishing ingredients too; amino acids like arginine to nourish individual follicles and help keep your hair looking strong and healthy, or special proteins to combat frizz. As you can see, there’s no real reason for a fragrance-free hairspray to get the balance wrong; it’s simply a case of taking the things that we already understand, and tweaking the formula to eliminate irritating additives. Of course, it is still important that you pick a hairspray that’s right for your hair. if you have light or fine hair, even the best super hold hair spray will leave you with dull, lifeless hair as its specifically formulated to fix much heavier strands in place. It’s for this reason that we’ve set out to offer two - carefully-formulated -fragrance-free hair sprays: Our, and our