I seldom use products in my hair.
I have a teen daughter and she’s been begging me to find a way to make a natural hairspray for some of her parties and events.
Have you read the labels on hairspray?
We strive for a chemical-free home, and I have to provide great natural alternatives to the commercial beauty and personal care products out there.
And most commercial hair sprays are bad for the environment, especially the aerosol sprays.
My daughter complained of choking on all the hair spray applied on her at a salon for an updo and when she was getting done up backstage for a play. She has lots and lots of thick hair and going hairspray-free isn’t an option for her to hold some styles.
Here’s a simple hair spray that held my daughter’s hair so well and smelled great – with no chemicals!
Hair Spray Recipe
- 2 cups boiling water (I used my water cooker)
- 2-3 T white sugar
- 1-2 T vodka or isopropyl alcohol (I wonder: would witch hazel work?)
- 10 drops essential oil (I love Citrus Fresh or Joy – something fun or floral)
- 1-2 T juice of orange (for dark hair) or lemon (for light hair)
- 1/4 c aloe vera juice
Dissolve the sugar in the water. After cooling, mix in the vodka and essential oil. Add juice if using. Pour into a sprayer bottle and enjoy!
I misted my daughter’s hair before hot rollers, and then liberally spritzed the rollers to set. She had gorgeous waves!
Her hair definitely felt like it had hair spray in it, but smelled great and wasn’t sticky. I could run my fingers through it. It didn’t hold up the whole evening, but her hair doesn’t hold a curl super well. I think it would hold an updo just fine.