This super simple homemade hairspray takes only 2 ingredients, is a breeze to make, and is a great way to clean up your every day beauty routine! Plus you’ll save a load of money too.
It might sound silly, but I get sooo excited when I find a great homemade personal care recipe.
Hair spray is one of those things that I wish I didn’t have to use–but I do.
My hair just “needs” it. Well, some of my hair does. I used to use a lot more hairspray than I do now, but basically my bangs are the part of my hair that is typically “in need”.
I have always opted for “fragrance-free” versions as much as possible, but still there are things in hair spray that I really don’t want on my hair.
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Hair Spray and Me
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.
I used to not worry about the ingredients in hair spray but I’ve had to start reading hair spray labels for several reasons:
The Problems with Hair Spray
Perhaps you’re like me. I’m sensitive.
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.
More Artificial Fragrances
Later, either the hair spray companies started putting more artificial fragrances in their products, or I became more sensitive. Whatever it was, I was having a hard time finding a brand that I could use without feeling foggy headed.
Did you know that most hairspray has plasticizers in it? No wonder it holds so well!
If your hair brittle or frizzy, it might be the alcohol in your hairspray. It sure isn’t doing you any favors.
Why Make Your Own Hairspray?
Reduce Chemical Exposure
There are so many things in hairspray that you might not have thought about.
Check out “Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick” for more on what might be lurking in your hair products.
1 cup of water and 4 teaspoons of sugar is about as cheap as it gets!
Compare that to well, some as much as even $25 for only 10 ounces!
Save the Environment
Fewer plastic containers.
Even if you recycle bottles, it’s better to not have them made at all in the first place.
The alcohol in many hairsprays is really drying. This spray makes your hair healthy and shiny.
There are recipes for salt hair sprays on the internet too. They might be fun to use, but salt is drying for your hair when used on an ongoing basis.
Thankfully, sugar doesn’t have the same drying effect.
You can add essential oils to your recipe, which I recommend. That way you have the benefit of aromatherapy and the possible benefits that your hair might get from the oils as well.
For example, as in my DIY Hair Growth Blend, the oils in that blend could be used in your hairspray and might benefit your hair.
You will note that I do recommend a specific brand of oils.
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 :). Here’s a link to the first post, and here’s a link to the last post, in which I announced the company that I chose.
1. 2 teaspoons of sugar works well, but feel free to adjust the amount according to how much hold you would like. Of course, if you add too much, you will end up with residue on your hair so try adding just 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
2. Please use filtered water to avoid the toxins in tap water.
3. This hairspray should last quite a long time due to the vodka, but do discard if it smells off.
3. You’re probably wondering, “Won’t I be a bug’s best friend if I use this?” I was worried about that too, but from mine and others’ experiences, that’s not a problem at all.
4. Technically, if you are going to use the essential oils in this spray, you will want to add an essential oil emulsifier. Since you will be spraying this on your hair and not on your skin, it’s not really a problem.
Other Natural Personal Care Items You Might Like
If you’re into making your own products, here are some others to try.
All Natural Homemade Hairspray
- Heat water in a small saucepan to boiling.
- Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Allow to cool. Add vodka and options essential oils.
- Place in spray bottle. (A funnel comes in handy here :).
- Use quickly and store in the fridge for a longer lasting spray.
Don’t Feel Like DIYing? Here Are Fairly Clean Hairspray Options
Believe me, I have tried TONS of hair sprays. As in basically all of them on the market. Natural, unscented, supposedly unscented (but they really weren’t), and even traditional hairsprays that said that they didn’t have dangerous fragrances.
Also this hairspray is another one that I like. It’s very reasonable and is low on the toxic scale too.
White Rain Advanced Formula Extra Hold Hair Spray 7 oz (6 pack)
White Rain's Unscented Extra Hold Hairspray is a fairly clean option for those who really want a traditional hold from their spray without a bunch of fragrance. The bottle size is great too - fits well in most purses, gym bags, etcetera.
And If you have one you like, please do share!
What is part of your natural hair care routine?