In addition to my posts about Mira hair oil, I also like to write about a variety of hair care topics. I’ve already written an article on how to make homemade hair gel, so I wanted to follow up with a few more articles about homemade hair care products. Here’s my latest… how to make homemade hair spray!
There are a lot of reasons why you might find yourself increasingly interested in natural hair care alternatives. The products we have been using all this time, we are now learning are not only fairly toxic to the environment, but also to our health. The chemicals and preservatives typically found in hairspray, for example, can dry out and damage hair as well as causing irritation to the skin. In extreme cases people have experienced respiratory issues related to the regular use of hairspray.
So what is the alternative? You may have already discovered that’s it can be difficult to find a commercially produced natural hairspray, especially one that works. Fortunately, there are a number of common ingredients you can use to make your own natural hairspray at home, and these recipes can be tailored to make a solution specifically suited to your unique hair type and style. Here are a couple of all-natural hairspray solutions you might try:
Homemade Citrus Hairspray
The base ingredient for this homemade hairspray recipe is a single lemon. Those with overly dry hair should substitute an orange in place of the lemon, but the remainder of the recipe is the same.
- Start by cutting a lemon (or orange) into very thin slices or small chunks and place in a pot.
- Add two cups of water to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Simmer until liquid is reduced by approximately half.
- Strain to remove fruit pieces and allow the liquid to cool completely.
When the liquid has cooled, funnel it into a spray bottle, and that’s it! This is a light hold homemade hairspray. It is best stored in the refrigerator, but can be kept at room temperature (in the bathroom) for a week or two without spoiling. To extend the shelf life of homemade citrus hairspray, you may consider adding a little bit of rubbing alcohol as a preservative, but it’s better for your hair to use it as-is.
Homemade Sugar Hairspray
This is probably the simplest form of homemade hairspray, and it’s also the most adjustable as far as “hold” is concerned. In addition, homemade sugar hairspray can easily be scented to your liking. Start with a small quantity, as this will make it easier to fine tune the ratio of sugar to water for your preferences.
- Bring ½ cup of water to a boil.
- Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar.
- Cool completely and funnel into spray bottle.
After you have had the opportunity to use your homemade sugar hairspray, you can determine whether you need more hold or less. For stronger hold, add more sugar to your mixture; for less, add more water. This natural hairspray can be enhanced by adding a couple of drops of your favorite scented oil. Moisturizers, such as aloe, can also be added to the mix for a truly hair-friendly homemade hairspray.
Both of these homemade hairsprays add shine and luster to hair. Because the ingredients used are 100% natural, there is no need to worry about residue damaging and weighing down hair, either. You can eliminate the dangers associated with the harsh chemicals used in commercial hair products by making your own, all-natural, homemade hairspray with ingredients found in your very own kitchen!