Homemade Alcohol-Free Hairspray that Works

No need to spend money anymore on expensive hairsprays that are filled with artificial fragrances and chemical nasties. Make your own for pennies and look great for less!

It might sound silly, but I get sooo excited when I find a great homemade personal care recipe.

There are so many toxins in the things we put on our bodies – and they can lead to all kinds of problems from thyroid issues to adrenal fatigue and more.

So when I can find recipes for things like homemade toothpaste, homemade body cream, or homemade eye makeup remover that work well, I am all over it.

Hair spray is one of those things that I wish I didn’t have to use–but I do.

But now that I have this super all-natural alcohol-free recipe, I feel much differently about it.

My love-hate relationship with hair spray has gone on for a long time.

I’ve always felt I needed it because my hair is “sorta-wavy-sorta-frizzy-definitely’s-got-a-mind-of-its-own” hair.

It’s fine, but I have quite a bit of it and when I let it dry naturally it’s really curly/wavy, but after a day or so it turns pretty limp.

Well, I used to not worry about the ingredients in hair spray but I’ve had to start reading labels for several reasons:

– In my 20s, I started having allergic reactions to things and I thought one of them was hair spray so I started trying to get sprays without added fragrance. Not an easy task.

– Later, either the hair spray companies started putting more fragrance in their products, or I became more sensitive. Whatever it was, I was really having a hard time finding a brand that I could use without feeling foggy headed.

– Finally I settled on one that I liked, but when I switched to a new hair care line, I found out that my hairspray had plasticizers in it. Well-no wonder it held so well! I had actually been coating my hair with plastic. Yuk. Believe me–when my hair went through detox it wasn’t pretty.

Rather, I wasn’t pretty.

– Recently, I’ve been noticing my hair getting more brittle or frizzy. I’m not sure what it is, but I dug around the internet and figured the alcohol in my spray wasn’t doing me any favors. I thought it was time to work on making my own alcohol-free hair spray.

Well, I didn’t think it would work–but it does.

And now you can make it too!

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1. I think the 4 teaspoons of sugar is just right but feel free to adjust according to what you want your spray to act like. Of course, if you add too much, you will end up with residue on your hair so be careful.

2. I think lavender or citrus oils would be nice options. See my Best Essential Oils Series to see which company I recommend and why. It’s a very interesting series–and the comments are worth checking out as well, but you might need to set aside some time for those :).

3. *Please use filtered water when making personal and home care products that you won’t be using right away. Tap water has loads of stuff in it that you don’t want sitting around for a long time. Read “Is Your Water Safe” for more info.

4. I know–you’re wondering, “Won’t I be a bug’s best friend if I use this?” I was worried about that too, but from what I’ve read it’s not the case. One summer comes I’ll be able to tell you for sure. I guess you could use citronella oil in the spray ;-).

Why Make Your Own Hairspray?

1. Reduce your chemical exposure.

2. Save money (1 cup of water and 4 teaspoons of sugar is about as cheap as it gets!)

3. Save the environment: Less chemicals made. Less plastic containers used.

Check out “Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick” for more on what might be lurking in your hair products.

4. Healthier hair. The alcohol in many hairsprays are really drying. This spray makes your hair healthy and shiny.

So–what do you think? Are you going to try it?

Other Natural Personal Care Items You Might Like:

Nourishing Hand and Body Cream
Hand and Body Scrub
Invigorating Body Wash
Nourishing Hair Rinse

What is part of your natural hair care routine?

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    Speak Your Mind


  1. Can I put a conditioner in the mix? I really love the smell of my conditioner and I’m looking for ways to sneak it into my hair routine.

  2. Will my hair stick together ?

  3. How long does it last? Thanks

  4. Can I add little bit of coconut oil I love the smell of it and makes my hair shiny
    What do you think?

  5. I think adding tea tree oil would be good for hair too. Do you need a glass spray bottle or will plastic work?

  6. Hi Adrienne,

    Are there other substances to replace the main ingredient of sugar ?

    • I don’t think so. I guess you could try xylitol or erythritol but I don’t think they will work as well. Salt perhaps but I think it will have a different effect.

  7. Andrienne, I was wondering do you have to put oils in there? Because I don’t have any essential oils, and is the spray sticky if I spray it into my hair?