I tend to assume that most canisters of hair spray are portable toxic waste. There are a few exceptions, such as Alterna's TEN, and now I can add Sally Hershberger's Supreme Lift ($12.50) to my short but very elite list. Ms Hershberger's is particularly impressive - far from being toxic, it actually has a natural toxin remover in it.

Moringa is one of the most extraordinary botanicals going. In India the seeds are used to detoxify polluted wells. Studies since the 1970s have shown that it can rid a well of 90% of impurities. So you can be sure Supreme Lift hairspray will stand between you and New York cab fumes. These trees are so nutritious - in fact, nutritious plant discovered to date - with over 90 nutritional compounds including 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatories that we if planted enough of them world hunger would be on the run. Come to think of it, its almost a waste in hairspray (for more moringa, check out Burt's Bees shampoo and conditioner).

Hershberger's spray, is designed to give lots of lift to fine or thin hair and those so afflicted will be pleased to know that there is extract of adansonia digitata, a plant that researchers have found has an exceedingly high dose of calcium, essential for strong and healthy hair. Adansonia is the baobab tree and it is also an important antoxidant. You can also find it (along with moringa) in Fekkai's Marine Summer Beach Waves.

With wheat and rice proteins, vitamins, alga, copper, zinc, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride (an active UV absorber), and phospholipids (a major component of cell membranes), this hair spray is good deal better than many shampoos out there. Nor is there much to dislike, except for a PEG (possible contamination), benzophone 4 (a  sunscreen that can cause allergic reactions) and DMDM hydanantoin (a preservative that contains formaldehyde).

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), PVP, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, AMP Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, VP/Acrylates/Lauryl Methacrylate Copolymer, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cystine Bis PG Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Algin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sea Water, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Phospholipids, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Protein (Sweet Almond), Helianthus Annuus Seed Extract (Sunflower), Tocopheryl, Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Benzophenone 4, Fragrance (Parfum), Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butlycarbamate.