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Homemade Hairspray

Published on 3rd April 2013

Hairspray is a gift from the gods when it comes to freezing hairdos. But it’s not that healthy if you use a huge amount of it, or if you have health concerns. Thanks to the alcohol it contains, hairspray can evaporate quickly leaving your hair held in place, but dried as hell too! Also it has a lot of silicones and other harmful substances like gas that are no good for you hair, scalp, and environment.
This natural hairspray can be the compromise between staying power and a healthy product that also smells really good!

What you’ll Need:

A lemon or an orange
Choose the fruit you’ll use depending on which kind of hair you have: greasy hair = lemon, dry hair = orange. If you are in-between I’d suggest orange

150 ml (slightly more than half a glass) of distilled water
It’s the same water you need to iron, you can find it at the supermarket near washing up stuff. However, if you have a water filter at home to “clean” running water you can use that too.

1-2 teaspoonfuls of fructose or caster sugar
Fructose and sugar work as a glue, if you want your hairspray to hold better you can add more but not too much!

Orange or lemon essential oil
Optional, just to add fragrance if you wish to. You don’t need to use the same essential oil as the fruit you chose, just use the one you like best.

A lemon squeezer
To squeeze the lemon/orange, but you can also squeeze your fruit with a fork or with your bare hands.

A milk pan
To boil the mixture in.

A container
The mixture needs to settle in the fridge for a few days.

A strainer, a funnel, and a spray bottle
To filter the mixture into the spray bottle and to spray the hairspray on your hair.


  • Take the orange/lemon, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice out. Keep the fruit peel, you’ll need it later.
  • Put the juice in the milk pan together with the pulp and add the distilled water.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of fructose/caster sugar, mix until it dissolves. To add staying power you can add more teaspoonfuls of fructose/sugar, but don’t use too much or it won’t dissolve any more.
  • Add a few drops of orange/lemon essential oil (no more than 3).
  • Boil the mixture for 1-2 minutes, mix while boiling.
  • Put the mixture in a container, but don’t filter it now! Take the peel you kept, cut it in random pieces, and add it in the container. The orange/lemon peel acts as a preservative.
  • Put the container in your fridge and leave it there for 5-7 days so the mixture to settle. And don’t worry, it won’t go mouldy!
  • After it has settled, use the strainer and the funnel to filter it into the spray bottle so it won’t have any peel or pulp left in it.

Your hairspray is now ready to use. Remember to shake the spray bottle every time before using it. Keep it in your fridge or it will expire. The staying power should last 2-3 months. I’ve never tried this, but some people make a lot of hairspray once. Then they split it in more parts (i.e. double portion = 4 parts) and put them in the freezer. Then whenever they need it, they take one part out of the freezer, and put it in the spray bottle once its melted. The hairspray will be finished before it expires and nothing gets wasted.


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  • Avoid using essential oils if you're pregnant or have been advised against their use.
  • Avoid getting this hairspray in your eyes too!


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