All Natural Homemade Hairspray

All Natural Homemade Hairspray

This homemade hairspray recipe probably wouldn’t had 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:

All natural homemade hairspray. I never knew it was so easy!

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:

All natural homemade hairspray. I never knew it was so easy!

(Yep. That’s about as fancy as we get in my house.)

All natural homemade hairspray. I never knew it was so easy!

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. I never knew it was so easy!

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?

All natural homemade hairspray. I never knew it was so easy!

See. Super simple. What do you think? Will you try it?


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  1. Marissa

    Im scared it would be very sticky.. Do you notice some stickyness?

    Btw, i love your recipes and i really want to try them :))

    Greetings from Holland!

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I don’t think it’s as sticky as normal hairspray… although if you sprayed it on your skin it might feel sticky. Once on the hair it will dry without being sticky. :)

  2. k

    question…..what about the sugar when you go out of the house?? yellow jackets are out in force this time of year, and i’ve seen how they act around sweet stuff at a picnic!! would they, and other insects, hunt you down?!! or is there not enough to matter?

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I haven’t had any issues with this… and I’ve found similar recipes that use this or even honey and nobody seemed attacked. It’s pretty diluted by the time you put it in the bottle and then it’s only a very little that actually goes on your hair.

    2. Karoline

      I don’t know if this works, but I’ve read on a couple of other sites that insects won’t bug you if you put a few drops of peppermint essential oil in it. I’ve heard it works as a natural bug repellant. Plus I’m guessing it will make your hair smell nice too =)

  3. Hannah

    Awesome! I like to use a little hairspray everyday to tame flyaways and I’ve been looking for a natural alternative to the toxic stuff. Will have to try this. Thanks!

  4. Kirstyn

    Okay, now I have to try this. How fabulous would it be to have homemade hairspray! Love the idea to add some essential oils to it. New project, coming up!

  5. Corinne

    Adding more sugar comes in handy for Halloween inspired hairdo’s. If you need to style that Mohawk or standing off the head hair, sugar water and a hair dryer works great. A little crispy. But washes out easily.

  6. Anita Joy

    Thank you so much! This totally works :) I added just a TBSP of local honey and some lavender EO to counter act the alcohol smell. It works so good! I was really hating hair spray with the need to always wash, the dryness and flakes it produced. Thank you for coming up with such a wonderful idea :) My batch smelled like honey until I added the alcohol, hence the need for essential oils, so next time I’m going to try no alcohol so I can get that yummy honey smell again.

    1. Anita Joy


      With how I made mine, you only need a little. It has max hold with just a fine mist :) And to restyle I just wet my hair a little with the tap water and it’s back to max hold once dry. So awesome! It also gives that beach look too.

    2. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Yeah, I skipped the alcohol since I’m using it on my little toddler… seems to work great and I just keep it in my fridge. :)

  7. Bethanie

    Would it have more hold the more sugar you add. Because I have super thick hair and although I own hairspray I really ought to use it for the reason I brought it– Art! Just a thought as my hair is sooo thick as I said and always has wispy bits when I put it up… Or leave it down for that matter! Anyways, just a thought. As you were!

  8. Natasha

    Made this today and am very happy with the results! I made a 2 oz bottle, added a couple drops vodka, 2 drops each of lemon and lavender essential oil. My curly hair likes it :) Thanks for posting!

  9. Kathy

    LOL You had me laughing this morning. Many, many years ago when we were stationed on Guam our wives club would make Christmas ornaments. The center was cross-stitched on the outside was crochet snowflake. This was dipped in a sugar/water solution to stiffen it. Still have some and that was the late 80’s!

  10. Lora Moreno

    Awesome recipe! It totally works! Thank you so much for posting this, i’ve been looking for something for a long time. I forgot how much I love curling my hair and using hair spray! yay! thanks!

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