When we started making some major cuts in our budget last year, Papa Bear’s hair habits were one of the first things to get paired down. I started cutting his hair at home and making dirt-cheep flax seed hair gel. I wasn’t ready to DIY natural pomade yet though, in part because I just couldn’t handle another project at the time and in part because I was secretly concerned that a diy hair wax wouldn’t work on his mega-thick, straight hair.
This year, however, we have committed to not only save money whenever possible, but also to replacing chemical-filled products with more natural options as we run out of them. So, when I noticed our pomade jar getting low, I took a peek at the ingredients. Oh snap!
Get a load of the chemicals I found lurking in Papa Bear’s Store-bought Pomade…
- Ceteareth & PEG: These top 2 ingredients in his pomade are potentially dangerous; EWG recommends avoiding them here and here as they can contain 1.4-dioxane, a cancer-causing impurity that readily penetrates the skin. PEG is also associated with organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
- DMDM Hydatoin: Formaldehyde releaser… and you may recall from last week’s farewell to bed sheets that formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
- Methylparaben: High concern for endocrine disruption
I wouldn’t put these things in my hair, and it didn’t seem fair to make the love of my life do it either. So, I dawned my enormous block of beeswax & decided to take on the pomade challenge!
It’s DIY Time!
Many recipes I found online contained coconut oil, & though I am a major fan of it and use it in nearly everything from cooking to diaper cream, I was concerned it would melt too easily and not give a proper hold. This may not be the case, but I have bad memories of literally having to pour homemade toothpaste on our brushes last summer when Los Angeles heat got the best of it. So, for a first attempt, I decided to steer clear.
Essential Oils for Hair
I also knew I that would want to incorporate essential oils to boost the hair-nourishing powers. Did you know that some essential oils have properties that can balance scalp oil production, add shine, soothe scalp irritations and dandruff, and even promote hair growth and thickness? Well, now you do! So before you start making your pomade, grab my free printable below and make sure to choose the best essential oils for your hair!
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But does the Pomade Work??
YES! Both Papa Bear and I have been really impressed with the pomade’s ability (especially paired with our homemade hair gel) to keep his heavy hair in place. He describes it as “a strong, medium hold,” which is exactly what he likes.
TIP: Make the wax even stronger hold by adding in a bit more beeswax, or lighter hold by increasing the shea butter.
We ditched a few toxins, but what about the penny-pinching aspect? I’m going to round the costs up & include organic prices, which obviously means non-organic alternatives could save even more money if you’re interested in that route.
- 2 Tbsp Organic Beeswax: $0.30
- 2.5 Tbsp Raw Organic Shea Butter $0.40
- 2 Tbsp Organic Jojoba Oil $2.50
- 20 drops Organic Essential Oils $.065 (obviously fluctuates depending on oils used!)
Total cost for organic, natural pomade $3.85
vs. the same amount of chemical-laden pomade we said farewell to… $15.99!
Saved money. Said farewell to toxins. Now, that’s what I call a successful “Farewell” Friday.
Psst… don’t forget to grab the free printable!
Now, Ready to make your own Pomade? Let me know in the comments below!
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