Homemade Hairspray – 2 Ingredients



I can’t use most hairspray brands without hacking up a lung.


Even the brands that my body sort of tolerates make me feel foggy headed. After taking a closer look at the common ingredients used to make hairspray, I knew that something had to change. So a few months ago, I stopped using it completely (I figured limp hair is better than a toxin-filled body.) It hadn’t even occurred to me that I could make hairspray at home, it just didn’t seem possible.


So when I started stumbling across sugar hairspray recipes on the internet, I was super excited. I’ve been testing it out for a few weeks and I’m thrilled to say that it works! I mean you may not be able to pull off a really crazy hair-do that defies gravity, but it definitely can be considered a medium-hold hairspray!


It only requires two ingredients and a just a few minutes!




  • 1 cup of water (distilled if storing for long periods)
  • 1-3 Tablespoons of white sugar (coconut sugar works too)
  • (Optional) 1 tsp vanilla
  • (Optional) 5-10 drops of essential oil



  • Heat one cup of water on the stove on low heat.
  • Add in sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved. The amount of sugar you add is dependent on how much hold you want the hairspray to have, so you might want to experiment a little. Too little sugar won’t give you enough hold, and too much sugar will leave a sticky residue on your hair.
  • Let mixture cool before adding in optional ingredients. If you want to add some scent just for fun, pour in about a teaspoon of vanilla. The combination of the sugar and vanilla makes the spray smell like a sugar cookie! Any essential oil also adds a nice scent, but I recommend Lavender or Cedarwood because they also supports hair wellness!
  • When you are finished, pour the hairspray into a fine mist spray bottle. If you use essential oils, it’s better to store hairspray in a glass or stainless steel spray bottle. 


Because this recipe contains water, I’ve found that it works best when used before styling my hair, especially if I’m using heat. I just spritz down my whole head thoroughly and let it dry for a few minutes while waiting for my curling iron to heat up.

Let me know how this works for you, and if you found any fun ways to tweak it!


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Jennifer Poole

i have to try this. As a former cosmetologist, I’ve always been leary of the over-infused toxic air in the salons. I’ve been thinking I need to change out some of my products, and this definitely is worth trying!!