This is a recipe that I had to share with you. I think it changed my life. No, take that back. I know it changed my life. This hairspray recipe is not only inexpensive, but it is chemical free. Oh yeah, and it works too.
For years I have been dealing with a man (my husband Chris) who does not understand the importance of a product that prevents me from having a frizz halo around my head the second my hair dries. You see, I have hair that is not straight, and not curly. It is right in-between the two. It has strange waves with a mind of their own and little wispy hairs that frizz if they are not tamed. Hairspray is a daily essential tool that cannot be skipped.
The problem in my house, and the topic of many arguments, is that Chris has a sensitivity to strong smells. Especially perfumy smells that are derived from artificial fragrances. Here’s how my morning routine goes:
Me: *spraying hairspray*
Chris: *fake choking noises*
Me: “Oh come on, the window is open and I barely sprayed any.”
Chris: (in an exaggerated tone) “I think my throat is closing up. I can’t breath.”
Me: “Gahhh. I have to use at least a little. I bought the kind with no scent.”
Chris: “I hate your stupid hairspray. I don’t understand why girls think they have to use that crap.”
Here’s what happened one day when I didn’t use hairspray:
Chris: “Yikes babe. What happened to your hair?”
Anyway, you get the idea. It has been a point of contention for us every morning for the last ten years or so. I have tried other hairspray recipes before, but they didn’t work. Most of them also used lemon juice which didn’t work for me when I had darker hair.
So without further delay, here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. sugar
2 drops eucalyptus oil (100% pure essential oil)
1 drop peppermint oil (100% pure essential oil)
Bring water to a boil. Dissolve sugar in water. Add essential oils. When the mixture cools, use a funnel to pour it into a bottle with a fine mist sprayer.
*The oil in the recipe is said to keep bees and other bugs away as well as give it a nice scent. It seems to work with the bugs and bees. I have been using it for over a month (including days with bbqs) and bugs have not bothered me. The original recipe does not have the essential oil, but I did a little bee research.
I did not make up this recipe. I got it from a website called DKMOMMY SPOT. On the site, it gives a couple of tips on how to make it work the best. Basically, you don’t want to wet your hair and ruin your style, so use a bottle with a fine mist. Spray a little and let it dry for about 30 seconds, and then spray a little more if you need it. She also suggests playing with the amount of sugar based on how much of a hold you need. Personally, I think 2 teaspoons per 1/2 cup is perfect for my hair. You should really check out her site. She has some other great tips, product reviews, and recipes. You’re welcome.