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Homemade hairspray in a clear spray bottle

Alcohol-Free Hairspray

Servings: 1 cup
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  • 1 cup water (use filtered please*)
  • 4 tsp sugar (use more or less according to how strong you want the resulting spray to be.)
  • Spray Bottle - This one has good reviews.

Optional Essential Oils


  • Heat water in a small saucepan to boiling.
  • Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  • Allow to cool. Add essential oils (if using).
  • Place in spray bottle. (A funnel comes in handy here :).
  • Use quickly and store in the fridge for a longer lasting spray. Please do take care to not keep around for a long time as bacteria might grow and use only clean utensils and containers for this, as well as all homemade personal care product.


1. 4 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 tsp at a time.
2. *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.
3. 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 ;-).
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 as much of an issue, but to be on the safe side, you might want to do it.