This homemade hairspray recipe probably wouldn’t have cut it during my drill team days. I remember the overwhelming smell of hairspray in the locker room as twenty girls plastered neat little buns against their heads. We were serious about making sure our hair didn’t budge, but we didn’t seem too worry about the toxic fumes we were all inhaling in the process.
Ah, the innocence of youth.
Truth be told I’ve rarely used hairspray since those days… and the few occasions when I did it was usually for dance performances (that thankfully didn’t require the sleeked, stiff hair that my drill days required).
So why did I make homemade hairspray?
Well, mostly because I’ve had people ask me… and partly because I was curious if I could find something natural to help tame my little girl’s adorable wispy flyaways.
Let’s be honest, my girl has some pretty awesome bed head. I mean, check it. This is a good few hours after waking, and somewhat tamed:
Yes, she’s beautiful. And I really don’t worry about her hair being “perfect.” Heck, I’m lucky if I do it on any given day… and I do it to keep it from getting too tangled. I’m just not one of those really cool moms with the really cool hair styling abilities. Don’t judge.
But even when I do her hair I notice lots of flyaways. See:
(Yep. That’s about as fancy as we get in my house.)
Again, isn’t she gorgeous? But with some family pictures coming up in our future I was curious if this hairspray could give a little more “hold.” Good news! It does.
This homemade hairspray is so simple and easy to make.
It’s almost ridiculous how simple. All you really need is a little sugar. If you aren’t a two years old with super fine hair, you’ll want to spray this in layers for maximum “hold.” Use a fine mist spray bottle like this or this. I had these small blue bottles on hand and this recipe was a little too much even with two of them. But with a recipe this simple (and cheap!), it doesn’t really matter that I had to throw a little away.
All Natural Homemade Hairspray
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
a couple of drops of isopropyl alcohol or vodka (optional, but helps preserve the hairspray longer.)
1. Mix water and sugar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. If adding alcohol, stir in before transferring to a fine mist bottle.
Note: It’s best to keep this in the fridge so it won’t spoil, especially if you don’t add any alcohol. If you add the alcohol the shelf life will be longer, but as with all homemade beauty products, if something smells fishy, toss it.
Here’s my C modeling the spray. Notice how the wispies are gone! (Well, other than the ones I missed.) Pretty good for an always moving two year old, don’t you think?
See. Super simple. What do you think? Will you try it?