Conventional hairspray is one of the first products I ditched years ago in an effort to “green up our home and lifestyle.” Its primary ingredients are unpronounceable toxic chemicals. Yuck! Although I must admit, I sure did love that metallic bottle of aerosol hairspray back in the early 90’s when I needed big hair (remember those days of teasing hair and dangly earrings?). However, now I know better (thank goodness!), and big hair is “out” (phew!), so I use a simple homemade hairspray that really works.
My homemade hairspray recipe is non-toxic, inexpensive, easy to make, and doesn’t cause flaking. And, if you have chemical sensitivities or asthma, this recipe just might become your best friend! Here’s why…
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Ditch the Toxins with Homemade Hairspray
First off, let’s talk about the big offender…Aerosol hairspray. This combustible liquid was invented in WWII. Who knew!? It’s extremely damaging to the environment because of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) which poke holes in our ozone layer. Just imagine what it does to our lungs! I know I’m not the only one who had coughing fits after dousing my hair in the girl’s bathroom between classes.
Pump hairspray is a tiny bit better because it does not contain VOC’s, but don’t get too excited. The plastic bottle still provides a barrage of chemicals including Ethyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Aminomethyl Propanol and Diisopropyl Adipate, found in a well-known drug store brand. Next time you are at the grocery store, just grab a bottle and check out the ingredients. It’s eye-opening!
In addition to all of the unpronounceable ingredients, deceptive labeling practices allow hundreds of chemical ingredients to hide under the name of “fragrance.” When you see the word “fragrance” on any of your beauty products, buyer beware!
Benefits of Homemade Hairspray
Safe and non-toxic: You know exactly what’s in your bottle and what could potentially be inhaled into your lungs. It’s safe for you and the environment!
Easy to make: In five minutes or less, you can whip up one batch, or multiple batches, of homemade hairspray. It’s truly that easy. As a busy Mom who spends a lot of time in the kitchen already, it’s important that I use simple recipes with few ingredients, so I’m in and out of the kitchen quickly.
Inexpensive: With just three ingredients (discussed more below), this recipe costs pennies to make! In this case, less really is more.
Does not cause flaking: Since it’s been years since I’ve used a conventional spray, I almost forgot about the awful white flaking that occurs. Yuck! Well, some good news here; No flaking with my simple homemade hairspray recipe.
Three Simple Ingredients
Distilled Water — When making homemade beauty products that contain water, it’s critical to use either distilled (preferred) or filtered and boiled water to eradicate bacteria. DO NOT USE TAP WATER, unless it is filtered (to remove all the nasty chemicals) and boiled (to remove bacteria). If you use tap water, your homemade beauty product will spoil very quickly. So please, just don’t do it!
Unrefined Organic Sugar — Organic Cane or Coconut sugar works great in this recipe. What’s important is that you use unrefined sugar. Otherwise, you are just adding toxins back in.
Essential Oils — This ingredient primarily adds the fresh scent and possibly a couple of other benefits depending on the oil you choose. Recommended scents for this homemade hairspray recipe are vanilla (because it’s yummy!), rosemary (known to help with hair growth), lemon (known to repel mosquitos) and lavender (also known to repel mosquitos).
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Optional Organic Vodka (or other clear alcohol) — In my homemade hairspray recipe, this is an optional ingredient. However, it can be beneficial to help preserve your hairspray and lengthen its shelf life. If you can keep your hairspray in the refrigerator (sounds funny, huh?), that will help extend it’s shelf life as well. So you can try either, or both. It all depends on how much hair spray you use and how quickly you will go through your bottle.
Whether you choose to add Vodka or not, try it out and see what works best for you. You can always adjust your next batch as needed. Just use Common Sense Caution. If it smells bad or looks funny, don’t use it. 🙂
I hope you enjoy this simple, non-toxic, safe for the planet and inexpensive hairspray recipe. This post is from my TRY-IT TUESDAY Facebook LIVE Series where I demonstrate how to make natural beauty and home products and answer your questions LIVE. Be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW my Facebook page to see more helpful DIY tutorials including my Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe and DIY Foundation Powder that you can customize for the seasons.
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Peace and Love,
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