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Are you funky-fresh, crazy-fly or some other hodgepodge of buzzwords from the 1990?s? Do you pop your collar? Does your hair extend skyward like Extra?s Mark McGrath? If you answered yes, then you may be someone who uses hairspray. Even if you answered no, you may still use hairspray. These questions weren't very fair.

Hair spray is composed of dubious chemicals. According to the Department of Health and Human Services there are several health risks to using hair spray.

Here are some highlights of health problems with hairspray:

- High concentration of propellants may induce anesthesia or anoxia.

- Pre-existing dermatitis would likely be made worse by exposure to these products.

- Bronchitis may be aggravated by irritant vapors.

- Flammable. Do not use near fire or flame.

- Avoid spraying near eyes.

- Keep out of reach of children.

- Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

- First, get yourself a lemon (or an orange.)

- Cut the lemon into wedges.

- Put the wedges into a pot with two cups of water.

- Boil until only ½ of the liquid is left.

- Let the mixture cool. Strain and pour into a spray bottle.

- The mixture will keep in the fridge for one week.

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