Hairspray is a difficult one to replace. So long and hard have we looked for a recipe that actually works and does not leave the hair sticky, greasy, weighed down, or damaged. When it comes to offenders of chemicals and hair and scalp damage, hair spray is one of the worst. This easy recipe will actually boost hair health over time. But honestly, you may find that after switching out your shampoo and conditioner, you may not need hair spray at all, since styling can be as easy as combing it into place and having it stay bouncy and silky all day.
- 3 cups filtered water
- 4 tablespoons refined white sugar (The unrefined sugar makes it too sticky.)
- 1 teaspoon Epsom salt (Actually magnesium and sulfur.)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (Preferable unrefined and without iodine.)
- 2 tablespoons high-proofed grain alcohol like rum or vodka (As a bonus some have yummy scents.)
- 10+ drops of essential oils
- 1 to 3 drops vitamin-E oil or coconut Oil ( I use Vatika brand Amla Hair Oil, pictured above)
- 1 tablespoon Hair Gel from the recipe found HERE
- 1 teaspoon of pure aloe vera gel or juice
- Bring water, sugar, and both salts to a simmer and stir with a whisk until fully dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Allow to cool to room temperature and then add the alcohol and essential oils of choice.
- Store in a spritzing bottle, not a spray bottle. (The spray stream is too heavy.) Recycle old facial toner bottles or hairspray bottles, as these work perfectly.
- If the mixture is too sticky, consider decreasing the sugar (what makes it stick like hairspray) and increasing the magnesium salts.
- If you need it more sticky or stiff, add additional tiny amounts of sugar to the original recipe.
- To make this spray more like a beached-spray, omit the hair gel, reduce the sugar to half, and use 1 and 1/2 times the sea salt and Epsom salt.