Natural Hairspray Recipe

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Hairspray 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.

Hair Spray Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups filtered wter
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (dark ones don’t work)
  • 1 tablespoon high proof alcohol like vodka (I prefer spiced rum for the scent)
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils of choice

What to Do:

  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.

Note: 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

Have you ever made your own hair spray? Share below!
Hairspray usually contains a plethora of harmful ingredients, but this simple and inexpensive homemade version is healthier for hair and for the environment.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


94 responses to “Natural Hairspray Recipe”

  1. Brigette Avatar

    Do you get attacked by ants in your sleep? Do ants get attracted to your pillows and bedding?

  2. Geeta Avatar


    I have made hair oil using castor oil, black cumin seed oil and ylang ylang oil.

    For hair fall and hair growth.

    And also it relax my mind.

    It my receipe ok.

  3. Diane Avatar

    A great hairspray is aloe vera spray. A great hair gel is aloe vera gel. I get both on Amazon. The only thing I have to do is transfer the spray to a bottle with a gentler spray nozzle to mist over my hair. (The bottle it comes in has too strong a spray.) Aloe Vera is good for skin and hair.

  4. Sheri Avatar

    I never buy alcohol, period. Anything you can use to substitute for it?? (For homemade hairspray).

  5. Susanne Avatar

    Thank you for this! I’ll definitely try this recipe. I’m currently in Italy in holidays, arrived yesterday and my suitcase did NOT arrive, so I’m without everything, all my natural shampoos, soap etc. I’ve found a soap that should work well as shampoo but no styling products without silicone in sight.. 🙁

  6. Jessica Avatar

    Do you have a thermal protectant spray for before you blow dry or curl hair?

  7. Matt Avatar

    Do I have to use essential oils? Or can I just leave them out? I don’t use them for anything so I don’t have any.

  8. Jessica Avatar

    Can you add rose water to hair spray or swap it for the filtered water?

  9. Ashley Vandezande Avatar
    Ashley Vandezande

    So… I tried to make hairspray a few years ago and used a similar recipe. It work okay. After a couple of days the pump quit working. I opened it up and found maggots stuck in the pump. I know I used alchol, but that didn’t stop the flies from laying eggs. I decided that until I found something they worked great without having fly larva in my hair.

  10. Lian Avatar

    Do you know if raw sugar will work instead of white? I would use white but I can’t find it organic in my price range….or would any other sugar work??

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