Monday, July 2, 2012

Homemade Hairspary

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?”

Me: *facepalm*

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.

1 comment:

Jelli said...

This is great! I've never seen a natural hairspray before. I totally get you with the husband convo about smells. Mine claims he is allergic to perfumes, candles, etc. and begins sneezing when I spray anything. I kind of shrug it off sometimes, but secretly I think it's 50% allergy, 50% dislike of fragrances. Oh well.