Hairspray is one of those things in life that you definitely don’t need…but when the time comes, you definitely appreciate having around. Unfortunately when it comes to health, conventional hairsprays are some of the worst offenders when it comes to inhaling and absorbing chemicals and toxins. And for anyone healing gut issues, detoxification pathways damage, or striving for healthy hormone balance, having an alternative can be an incredibly high-yield yet easy change to make.
I had come across sugar-based homemade hairsprays all over the internet before but most of them had an alcohol base that I wasn’t too thrilled about. In an effort to transition to a natural hair care regiment so that I could avoid all those chemicals and grow out my hair to greater lengths than I was able to achieve with high-heat styling and all that, I wanted to stay away from that hair drying alcohol and hopefully come up with something that would nourish my strands instead.
As a result, this recipe was born and I’ve been in love ever since. Between this and my very favorite hair gel recipe, my curls stay put and nice looking for several days after I wash them…this never happened with conventional products! And for updos, I recently danced my tail off at a wedding and my fancy ‘do didn’t budge an inch. Not bad for something you can whip together in about 5 minutes at your kitchen counter! So long, conventional hairspray…I won’t be needing you any more!
- 1/4 cup fresh brewed lavender tea (still hot)…can replace with regular hot water if you want.
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (can work up to 1 teaspoon for more hold)
- 5-8 drops essential oil of choice (I like grapefruit)
- Combine your sugar and hot lavender tea (or hot water). Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Add in the 1/4 cup aloe vera juice and stir.
- Add in the witch hazel and essential oils (if using) and stir really well again.
- Decant into a fine mister bottle.
- Shake before using and apply like you would regular hair spray.
Notes: no, you won’t attract bugs to your head and no, your hair isn’t any more sticky than it is with regular hair spray! But I would store it in the fridge so that germs don’t grow in it over time.
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