Homemade Hairspray with Essential Oils

Homemade Hairspray

I often receive emails and messages from readers requesting recipes that they may not be able to find on the blog. By far, the most sought after DIY recipe has been homemade hairspray ! And I can totally see why – hair spray is a toxic shit-storm! Even though aerosol cans no longer contain ozone depleting CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons), and haven’t since the 70’s when ozone depletion was brought to public attention, the can itself is just another form of human waste, destined for the land-fill.

Not surprisingly, the  majority of popular hairspray brands on the Environmental Working Group website are rated between an 8-10 out of 10. Ratings are based on the concern for cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity.

Common ingredients in hairspray, and ones that pose a health and environmental risks, include:

RETINYL ACETATE (VITAMIN A ACETATE) Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

FRAGRANCE – Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

LILIAL (BUTYLPHENYL METHLYPROPRIONAL) – Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation.

HYDROXYCITRONELLAL – Allergies/immunotoxicity.

AMYLCINNAMALDEHYDE – Allergies/immunotoxicity.

GERANIOL – Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity.


And the list goes on, and on, and on…

Homemade Hairspray

It’s actually super easy to make a homemade hairspray with essential oils that works! And as usual, you probably have all of the ingredients in your house to make a homemade hairspray right now! I would consider this hairspray to be light-medium hold. I use it mainly for taming fly-aways and holding a natural looking curl.

While you’re at it, go ahead and infuse this hairspray with energizing properties using a combination of energizing/uplifting essential oils – orange, rosemary, lemon & grapefruit!

I add this combination of essential oils to the hairspray for, one, a lovely scent, and two, a boost of energy – because when was the last time you were trying to make your hair beautiful and didn’t need a boost of energy? Whether it be getting ready for work, or hittin’ the town with your ladies!

You can find a wonderful selection of fair-trade, organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs, and a glass spray bottle, similar to the one I have, on Amazon!

Homemade Hairspray with Essential Oils
  • 1.5 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp 80 proof (40%) alcohol e.g. vodka, rum, spiced rum, gin
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
  1. Boil the water in a kettle and measure out in a pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Add the white sugar (only white sugar will work!) and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, add the alcohol and essential oil and mix.
  4. Pour into a pump-spray bottle.
  5. Shake before each use.

Homemade Hairspray

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6 comments on “Homemade Hairspray with Essential Oils

  1. Is there a way to make this hairspray with really firm hold? The only time I ever use hairspray is for musical theater work, where we use pretty gross “laquer” hairspray to keep hairstyles from falling while dancing on stage.

    1. Hi Melissa, rubbing alcohol may work…but technically that’s still alcohol. I’m really not sure of an alternative that would have the same effect.

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