This DIY hair spray recipe has been a little, yet pleasant change, in our household. Hair care can be expensive. Hair spray in my local store ranges from $1.50/6oz to around $15.00/8oz. To buy the quality, non-chemical hair spray we’ve had in our house? We’ve been paying $16.00/8oz. (Please note, these are Alaska prices…you may find they are different where you are!)
I do not use hair spray all that often. I wear it a few times a year when we are going somewhere nice and I want my hair to truly stay looking nice. Usually this means that the kids have also been left in the care of someone else. Which lends credence to the fact that it only happens a couple times a year. Ahem. My husband, Ben, however, wears it every day. In his job, he is constantly taking his hat on and off. He, as you might imagine, likes his hair to stay neat during this continual rotation of hats. And he’s discovered the best way to do this for his hair is to use a natural hair spray.
Process of Making the Switch
For a while we used the regular hair spray we could find at the stores. But after checking our hair spray on the Environmental Working Group’s website and discovering that the hair spray had awful ratings for chemicals toxic to our body, we ditched it. From there we switched to a less toxic hair spray. While it worked and made me happy to not be full of chemicals, it was EXPENSIVE. And Ben was going through it quickly.
And that is about the time that I felt a little silly that we were not making it ourselves. So we quickly remedied that! It’s been an amazing switch. This DIY hair spray recipe is healthy, super easy to make with common ingredients, and very inexpensive. My husband says it has been working great, too! And, as an added bonus, he said his hair has been feeling and looking cleaner for longer amounts of time! Perfect-o. So here you are!
- 1 cup filtered water
- 5 teaspoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon emulsifier (witch hazel, vodka or rum are often popular options)
- 2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce Essential Oil
- 3 drops Sacred Mountain Essential Oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops Gathering Essential Oil
- Empty Spray Bottle
- Combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over high heat and stir constantly until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow the sugar and water mixture to cool.
- Once cool, add the emulsifier and essential oils.
- In the bottom of your chosen spray bottle, put your emulsifier and essential oils. Then pour the water & sugar mixture on top.
- Now all you have to do is give it a good shake and use as needed!
A Note on Essential Oils for This Recipe
My husband chose the above oils individually for their more scents and hair care benefits. For a slightly more floral scent that still focuses on hair care, I would recommend 2 drops each of Young Living’s geranium and lavender essential oils. But you truly could use any combination of oils that suits your fancy, though I would avoid any of the citrus oils since they are photosensitive.
As always, it is of utmost importance to be sure you are using high quality essential oils – not ones just purchased from the grocery store. There is a huge difference!
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