Have USA Aerosol Hairspray Cans Been Banned?

Seven out of 10 Americans believe that aerosol hairspray cans contain CFCs, one of a range of chemicals found to be depleting the ozone layer in the 1970s.

They do not, and have not since 1987.

Aerosol Spray Can

Aerosol Spray Can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nor have USA aerosol hairspray cans been banned.

However, products that use spray cans have been reformulated, so they don’t use CFCs.

CFCs were phased out by the Montreal Protocol, starting in 1987, for contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.

Does This Mean You Can Still Buy Aerosol Cans and Not Contribute to the Ozone Layer Depletion?


Aerosol can propellants were reformulated so they do not use banned chemicals.

However, they are still hazardous to dispose of, because they can explode or cause fires if punctured and not fully emptied.

Products that use propellants but also have non-spray can equivalents include:

  • Hair spray
  • Spray paint
  • Whipped cream
  • Spray cleaners
  • Children’s sunscreen

What About Smog?

California enacted strict standards for volatile organic compounds, VOCs,  in 1999.

These are particles that were contributing to smog.

Most aerosol hairspray can manufacturers adhere to these standards so anywhere you buy aerosol cans of hairspray, they will also qualify for sale in California.

The answer to the question “Have USA aerosol hairspray cans been banned?” then, is:

No, aerosol hairspray cans haven’t been banned.

But, the CFCs that used to be in the propellant have been banned since 1987 and the hairspray reformulated.

I’m sticking with my pump hairspray bottle.

But, I may have to reconsider my can of Pledge.

Do you use pump or aerosol hairspray?

Are your granddaughters old enough to use hairspray?

Did you know there was spray-on sunscreen?

To you and teaching your grandchildren responsibility.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers



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