Natural Hairspray Recipe

Homemade natural hairspray recipe from wellnessmamaHairspray is one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals in beauty products. It typically has aerosol, plastics, VOCs and more.

Luckily, like most beauty products, there is a simple, natural and easy to make alternative that is also less expensive and healthier for hair.

Surprisingly, it uses only a couple ingredients, including white sugar (an ingredient that is terrible for the body but can be great for skin and hair).

If you use hairspray, try this natural alternative… your health and the environment will thank you! If you are looking more for a texturizing and volumizing spray, check out this sea spray for hair instead.

4.1 from 9 reviews
Natural Hair Spray Recipe
A super-simple homemade hair spray that is all natural and works well!
Recipe type: Beauty
  • 1.5 cups filtered water (boil if you can't filter)
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar (darker ones don't really work here)
  • 1 tablespoon of high proof alcohol like vodka (I actually like spiced rum for the scent)
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice
  1. Boil water and dissolve sugar in it.
  2. Allow to cool to room temp and add alcohol and essential oils.
  3. Store in spray bottle and use as regular hair spray.
This recipe lasts indefinitely if kept in an air tight container. Adjust the sugar up or down for more or less stiffness/hold (more sugar=stronger hold) but don't add too much or hair will feel sticky. I have had some luck combining this with the salt from my beach waves spray for a texturizing spray. I reduced the sugar by half and added half of the magnesium.

Not a hairspray user? Here are some other natural beauty recipes that work well and save money:

How to Make Natural Shampoo [Easy way]
Make Your Own Natural Deodorant With This Simple Recipe
Homemade Shaving Soap Recipes
Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade Lotion Bars
Deodorant Bars
DIY Sunscreen Bars
Bug-Off Lotion Bars
Herbal Hair Color Recipes
Seven Natural Baby Care Recipes
DIY Beach Waves Hair Texture Spray
DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair
Natural Skin Care Recipes
Homemade Make-up Recipes
Feminine Hygiene Solutions

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Reader Comments

  1. May says

    wow this is so interesting. Never seen a natural hairspray like this one. I don’t use it but i am still thinking that is a great alternative to conventional ones. Natural is always better …all the way !

    • Ann says

      This natural hairspray DOES NOT WORK and is TERRIBLE!! I have made it following the directions exactly and have also adjusted it with more or less sugar in FIVE different batches. Speayed very fine layers. No lift, but only offers a droopy, sticky mess. I gave this one star as there are no options for a zero.

      • Mary says

        Sadly this has done nothing for me either. I have baby fine, very flat, very straight hair. I look TERRIBLE with flat hair and that’s all I get with this. Guess I’ll have to continue to use my mega-hold, full of chemicals hair spray because I’m not willing to look horrible. I’m a real estate agent, I can’t afford to look like I don’t know how to fix my hair!

        • Carla says

          There are organic and natural hairspray (non-aresol) alternatives, I would recommend Everecents and also Giovanni as trusted brands…
          Google ‘organic & natural hairspray which will show both websites tht u can purchase these frm :)

    • Gail Maya-g Taylor says

      Here’s a recipe I’m now trying. The colloidal silver and/or alcohol prevent any microbial growth or fermentation. Hope this helps!

      1/3 teaspoon of honey
      6 oz filtered water (use 8 oz water if not using colloidal silver)
      2 oz colloidal silver (20ppm) and/or 1Tbs rubbing alcohol or vodka per 8oz liquid (prevents any microbial growth)
      6 drops essential oil of choice (ex: 3 drops lavender oil and 3 drops tea tree oil)

      • Dawn says

        You should not use ANY type of silver for it can cause your skin to turn silver (which can not be reversed). There was actually a thing about it on Dr. Oz & The Doctors the other day. This condition is called Argyria. I do not recommend.

        • Terrie Leonard says

          We use and make colloidal and ionic silver all the time with a top of the line premium silver maker that I purchased from Silver Lungs. Silver is completely safe and is such a God-send. Please don’t be afraid of it; Dr. Oz and The Doctor’s are not one hundred percent natural product supporters nor do they support tried and proven natural cures. Dr. Oz is owned by the pharmaceutical companies and so is the other show. Dr. Oz showed his true agenda when he came out in support of deadly vaccines for human use. At present, silver makers have been outlawed in Germany and the powers that be are trying to outlaw them here in this country. The reason is because using silver works without nasty side effects and works quickly and is one hundred percent effective. The pharmaceutical companies, who almost rule the world and who are working feverishly to take our vitamin and supplement rights away, do not like this because this means that you are able to cure yourself of many diseases when silver is used and this means you are not dependent on their useless, expensive drugs which have terrible side effects that will slowly kill you. Please go to the Silver Lungs website and read all about Paul Gerson; it is there that you can read all about why he turned grey. For years Gerson, even after being warned about what he was doing was wrong when he made his silver, still continued to process the silver the wrong way using ingredients that should never have been used to make the silver in the first place. Dr. Oz and all the others should learn to tell the whole truth instead of lying to an uninformed public who looks up to them and expects them to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth instead of being a patsy for big pharma.

          • Leanne says

            I make my own also with a machine I made myself and I have to agree with Terrie we put it on everything over here…cut your finger put on bandage cuts gone pretty much next day…put it in dogs water if they start eating grass…we drink it if we think we got a bad shrimp…I put it in a salve for my fiancés dad’s psoriasis it keeps it at bay…fiancé lost a toe pre me to allopathic doctors…since then I have saved two more with silver and manuka honey…been doing this for years and have drank loads of it and I am not blue I promise…we are almost never sick either…if one of us gets the sniffles we put a few drops up our noses and its gone.

          • jem says

            Twice I SAW a woman in our community who has the GREY SKIN from taking too much silver. It CAN happen! I will never forget seeing her and hearing what happened. She is a Amish woman with GREY SKIN, it sure didn’t help that I saw her at a funeral!

          • Linda says

            You said it perfectly. I also use Silver Lungs colloidal silver. Big Pharma are desperate for you not to learn about all the alternatives that are better for you and that WORK. I’ve used the silver when I feel a cold or something coming on with the nebulizer. Works like a charm. I also take a Tbsp everyday. So fortunate to have my silver before they might take it away. Great idea about putting some in the hairspray for bacteria. I’m making a batch today. So ready to quite inhaling chemicals. Thanks to all who are stepping up to change the world back to natural.

        • Angela says

          Argyria is when there is too much silver in the body and turns the skin blueish. It’s not because people applied the silver to their skin.

        • Christina says

          I have no idea what Dr. Oz claimed about using silver but silver is amazing! You don’t want to take it all the time, just take it like you would antibiotics. My 3 year old son had some horrible bad breath all day every day for a few months. My dad thought maybe he was having stomach issues; remembered a classmate of his who had bad breath like my son, and my dad said that little boy had stomach ulcers. So I started giving him silver 3x a day and within 3 days his bad breath was gone! That was the only thing I did differently. Completely gone! I continued to give it to him for a full ten days. And his skin has not changed color. I had to start again because his bad breath returned recently. My next is going to be an elimination diet to find out what is causing the issue.

      • Monique says

        Hi Gail, RE your recipe with colloidal & honey – how does the recipe go for making this hairspray – do you boil the water & honey and after removing from heat add the colloidal & oils? These natural hairsprays are a great idea, i really want to try ‘em, but I’d prefer to try the colloidal one vs the alcohol one, thanx!

    • Gail Maya-g Taylor says

      Hi Sadie, I have read other recipes that do use rubbing alcohol as an alternative to vodka. I posted one in response to Nicole’s post (just above). Hope this helps. -M

  2. Irene Tiger says

    I’ll have to try this even though I don’t use hairspray much anymore…but question- wouldn’t the sugar in it attract flies?

      • Gail Maya-g Taylor says

        You could also add bug-repellent essential oils ex: geranium, citronella, catnip, etc. I would add very little (they don’t smell so great in quantity) but mixed with other fragrant oils may be quite nice… Hope this helps. -M

  3. says

    I’m excited to try this!! My husband uses hair spray on a daily basis…maybe I can replace his cheap chemical spray with this natural one!!

  4. Jessica Boss says

    I tried this yesterday and absolutely love it, I combined it with your sea salt spray and it really worked wonderfully! :) Now I don’t have to debate whether to buy hairspray and moose for family pictures, saved money and is natural! thanks

    • Gail Maya-g Taylor says

      Hi Jessica, I’d like to see the sea salt spray, can you add a link or the recipe here? Thanks! -M

  5. Spgal says

    Thank you so much for posting this. I think about how dangerous hairspray is everytime i use which is everyday. I can’t wait to make this EASY recipe…. i’ll let you know how it worked for me. :)

  6. A.E. says

    I tried this and was very excited, but then very disappointed. I’ve read other recipes where they say to up the sugar for better hold. For me, as I don’t wash my hair daily, it made it feel very ‘dirty’ and overly sticky the next morning.

    • Gail Maya-g Taylor says

      I’m trying a recipe with colloidal silver instead of alcohol (to stop microbial growth or fermentation). It’s posted above with Nicole’s comment. Hope it helps.

  7. LET says

    I tried a similar recipe- without alcohol- but I didn’t like it. It did hold, but made my hair frizzy. I’m hoping the alcohol will help the spray dry faster & prevent this problem, so I’m going to try your’s. I think I may try chamomile tea in place of water to help lighten my hair a bit.
    Ps I love that you use rum for scent. I made my hubby aftershave with bourbon & everyone thought I was crazy, but that spicy smell you can get in liquors really is great. He loves it, of course, but I think some of that is the bragging rights of wearing bourbon lol.

  8. Lesue Tindell says

    I made this and I love it! Been using it for 2 weeks now and haven’t touched my store bought stuff since. I use hairspray a lot so it’s nice to have a cheaper natural option that works and smells good.

  9. Sheridan Clifford says

    Hi there! So excited to try this. Just wondering where you bought the glass (?) spray bottle to put the hairspray in? Thanks!

  10. Angela says

    I have loved his recipe and have been using it since last November (during the winter months). HOWEVER as soon as it warmed up, my hair was sticky like cotton candy… any suggestions?

  11. Hailey says

    Can I use Jack Daniels (thats the only alc we have in then house) for the alcohol portion? It would be for my husband, since I rarely use hair spray.

  12. Heather A. says

    I just made this recipe this morning! I am pleasantly surprised at the hairspray’s ability to hold! I did a brushed-out pin-curl hair do and it seems to be holding very well. I do have to admit it is very sticky, even when dry an hour later. So long as you don’t plan on touching or letting anyone else touch your hair all day, this recipe is great! I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because of the sticky quality.

  13. Donna says

    Hi, I too have to tell you how much I love your site. I have learned so much thanks to all of your hard work.
    Can you give a recipe for combining with beach waves spray and hair spray? I would so appreciate it, and so excited to try it out. Especially now, thanks to you, because my hair is healthier than its ever been.


  14. Stephanie says

    Yay! This looks amazing! I love what hairspray does, but hate what it’s doing to my hair! It always feels like i’m stopping my hair from breathing when I apply it.

    So i’m looking forward to this natural hairspray, quick question though, with white sugar being one of the ingrediets, will it not attracts insects? Thanks :).

  15. Krista says

    When I went to get my alcohol for the hairspray I make, the lady told me that ever clear would be best for hairspray because it’s small particles and will dry quickly…….I also use a cut up lemon or orange instead of sugar, but same idea.

  16. Isis says

    I was a little put down by all the negative reviews but I tried it anyway. Thank you so much! Turned out great, this will be a recipe I will use frequently in the future, its perfect!

  17. Roxy says

    I don’t always use hairspray but I need hairspray when I put my hair in a poney tail and go outside. With that in mind I would be afraid of attracting bees and other bugs because of the sugar.

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