Make Your Own Herbal Hairspray

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Do you find yourself making more and more of your own things lately? Soap and lotion? Foods and beauty products? Well, there is one beauty product you probably haven’t given up buying yet because you think it’s something you must buy: hairspray. Well, this is another one you can scratch off your shopping list because we have 3 super easy recipes to make your own hairspray right at home. It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!

Besides saving money, you can save your health and the environment while you are at it. Most hairsprays are loaded with chemicals you really don’t want and are technically unnecessary.  Most hairsprays contain things like polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl acetate. Really, do you want to breathe in toxic chemicals like that?

If you are tired of degrading the ozone layer with the chemical-laden hairsprays, but that limp hair you get in the summer months is not exactly pleasing, then this is what you are looking for. Although at first you might think using ingredients such as sugar and vodka on your hair sounds strange, you really have to try this first before you dismiss it. You won’t believe how well this works!

So let’s get ready, shall we? First you will need a basic spray bottle that holds about 16 ounces of fluid. Test it with some plain water first to be sure you like the spray. Once you have selected your bottle, get out a medium sized cooking pot and a funnel to move your mixture from the pot to the bottle. Ready? Let’s go!

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Basic Hairspray

  This first recipe is a basic model, no frills. This is the purest and simplest way to make hairspray and it costs only pennies for a 16 ounce bottle.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of plain vodka

Instructions:

  • Boil the water.
  • Add the sugar and dissolve it in the water.
  • Allow to cool until room temperature.
  • Add the vodka and mix well with a wooden or plastic spoon.
  • Add to your spray bottle.

That’s it! It’s that simple!  Don’t worry about the sugar, it won’t attract bees or other bugs and since it’s dissolved in water and has alcohol, it won’t melt like cotton candy on a humid day either!

This next recipe uses essential oils to encourage hair growth while smelling wonderful. You can use mint, lemon, orange, or rosemary, but any essential oil will work. This is a super strong spray that should hold up even an Amy Winehouse type of beehive! Find out top 10 essential oils everyone should have at home.

essential oils with lemon and mint

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All Natural Herbal Hairspray

  Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of water
  • 1/2 Cup of white sugar
  • 15 (more or less) Drops of your chosen essential oil

Instructions

  • Add the water to a pot and boil it.
  • Add the sugar to the water and dissolve it thoroughly.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Add your essential oils. You can add more or less depending on how strongly you would like your hairspray to smell. Don’t be afraid to mix a couple of scents to make something unique!
  • Add this mixture to a spray bottle.
  • Shake the bottle a few times before each use.

This next recipe is a mixture of the previous two with an added bonus of using natural citrus juice, which will encourage hair growth, give your hair some much needed antioxidants, as well as make it smell fabulous. Again, don’t worry, the juice will not make your hair sticky or attract bugs. Try it and you will see for yourself; this is a terrific way to keep your hair in place and not have to breathe in those dangerous chemicals.

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Lavender Citrus Natural Hairspray

  Ingredients:

  • 1 Organic orange (if you have dark hair) or lemon (if you have light colored hair)
  • 2 Cups of distilled water
  • 3 Tablespoons of plain vodka
  • 8-10 Drops of lavender essential oil

 

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Instructions:

  • Cut the lemon or orange into quarters.
  • Add the fruit and water to a pot and heat until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Strain through a cheesecloth into a measuring cup. If you find you have a little less than 1 cup, top it off with more distilled water or remove some if you have a little bit over. In the end, you want 1 cup of juice water.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • While the water is cooling, add the essential oils and vodka in a small glass bowl. You can use a different scent if you like. Make a stronger scent by adding a few more drops at a time until you are happy with the scent.
  • When the water is cool, add the essential oils and vodka to the water and mix well using a wood or plastic spoon.
  • Use a funnel and pour this mixture into a spray bottle. A bottle with a very fine mister nozzle works well for this spray.
  • Shake well before each use.

This spray is more of a flexible hold type that keeps bangs in place and stops flyaway hair but isn’t really for those beehive hairdos. Be sure that if you have dark hair you use an orange, as lemon can lighten your hair once you are in the sunlight.

References:

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