How to Make Homemade Hairspray that Really Works!

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I do believe I’m about to post one of the best and easiest natural beauty remedies I’ve ever done.  Since going no ‘poo, I’ve been experimenting more than ever with natural and homemade beauty products, slowly finding replacements for the chemical-laden stuff most of us use every day.  One thing that has always befuddled me is hairspray.  It’s very hard to find a “natural” hairspray.  Even the best often have less than desirable ingredients, and when they contain the minimal amount, lo and behold (or no hold) they don’t often work.  Ever wonder why there haven’t really been any hairspray reviews here?  I’ve tried untold numbers and only one or two worked well enough to write about.

So now you’re wondering what the big hairspray secret concoction is, right?  This is about the simplest remedy I’ve found.  Are you ready?  Sugar water.  Plain, simple sugar water.  I’m not kidding.  I’d seen this remedy on other sites and in books on natural beauty, but I overlooked it.  Water flattens and/or frizzes up hair, right?  Well, I’ve discovered there are a few simple tricks to get this to work.  First of all, you need to find the right concentration for your hair.  I heat 1/2 cup water to boiling or almost boiling, turn off the heat, and add 2 tsp. sugar and stir.  When it’s cool, I pour it in a little spray bottle I have that is a very fine mist (big trick #2).  The fine mist doesn’t soak my hair and undo the style.  When I use it, I spray a fine mist over my hair, let it dry for about 30 seconds, and add more if I need it.  (That’s trick #3.)  As long as I wait for it to dry between applications, I can keep misting that sugar water on until I get a good hold.

Now, if you make this up and it’s too stiff or not stiff enough, it’s so cheap and easy you can dump it and start again.  You can go anywhere from a light hold to ’80s Flock of Seagulls if you so choose.  I like to add a couple of drops of rosemary oil and lavender oil to it as well, just for a little scent.  

Oh, and another bonus?  The sugar water actually adds a little extra shine to the hair.  Sure, if it rains you’ll melt away, but what hairspray withstands the rain anyway?  Besides, since it’s water soluble you don’t have to worry about hairspray buildup on your hair.  Or your counters or your expensive ceramic tile.  Contrary to what you might think, this mixture isn’t stiff (unless you add lots of sugar) and it isn’t sticky feeling.

This honestly is the very best hairspray, store-bought or otherwise, I’ve ever tried.  If it wasn’t so simple I’d bottle it up and sell it at exorbitant prices.  But hey, I like to share.  So if you try this (and I sincerely hope you will), please let me know what you think.  And be sure to use the two tricks I mentioned.  I really think those are the key to making this remedy work:  1) Find the right concentration for you; 2) Use a very fine misting bottle; 3) Use a light misting and wait for it to dry 20 – 30 seconds between applications.  

This stuff holds all day for me, and I’ve got thick and unruly hair in general.  If you have another hair type and you try it, let me know what you discovered.  I’d love to find out if it works for fine or ethnic hair, for example.  And don’t forget to email me your no ‘poo experiences to themommyspot at gmail dot com!  I’d love to put something together for us to all learn from.

25 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Hairspray that Really Works!

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  2. I don’t use hairspray because I dislike buildup. I have fine thick hair, so as soon as I find a fine mist bottle I’ll let you know how it worked for me and my daughter.

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  4. To Sandy above. Love the picture of your dog. My black min pin, Spike the Mighty Dog is sitting on my lap as I type this. Your dog above reminds me of my beautiful Lili Dog that I lost last year to multi system shut down from a black widow bite. She put up a good two week fight after being bite, but she was a old dog and the meds just didn’t help. Your dog looks younger and happy too.

  5. Hi Sandy! Skitter time, you say? If you use lavender oil, and/or rosemary, it’ll actually help ward them off! And Dani, I have heard that it can attract bees – thanks for the reminder! I wanted to put a note on the post so people who may be allergic to bees use this with care. I haven’t had a problem as of yet, and my back yard is some weird haven for all things that sting. Heidi, yes! Please let me know how it works on your fine hair. Lauralee, I was wondering if a perfume atomizer bottle might work. Maybe too fine a mist, but it’s worth a shot. I’m using a little brown glass spray bottle like the ones I bottle my air fresheners in that I sell at The Giving Essence. ( And hopefully if I typed my code right, that’s a live link but it’s early yet…)

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  6. Me and my Daughter want to thank you for the money saved on hair spray we have been using it for about eight days and we both love it! It was a fun mom and daughter time so we also thank you for that…

  7. How long did this last in the bottle? Most of the recipes I’ve been reading are only for a week. Does this last any longer before you have to dump it? Just curious. Thanks!

  8. Hi! Thanks for this recipe. Most of the recipes I found online required lemon which is fine for blondes but would ruin my black hair once exposed to the sun. For the person inquiring on how we can preserve the substance, just add some alcohol or if you don’t mind the smell, vodka. This is a method used to preserve brandy and fruit based spirits.

  9. Haii :]
    my name is hannah
    im a teen of 15
    and hairspray is my best friend Lawl ^_^
    but i ran out of my bed head hard hold
    i flipped out when i didnt get n e for christmas (JUST KIDDING)

    school starts up again today from winter break
    and i got my hair cut realllyyy short and i think it looks really retarded when its not teased
    i tease it really really high
    so im really hoping this will make it stay
    i will tell you if it works or not

    but i thank you for putting this up :]

    -Hannah Darling :]

  10. This is amazing!! It works so well!! And so cheap!!!!!!!! I told my Grandma and my mom about it today. I sprayed my hair this morning and it’s still holding!!!! WOW!

  11. Can you add scents like bengamot and neroli and still get the same result? Just curious =) that tip was GREAT, by the way. Don’t have to buy freakin’ expensive hairspray anymore =)

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