Healthy Alternatives On a Budget: Make Your Own Natural Hairspray That Really Works

Written by on December 5, 2012 in Toxicity with 1 Comment

By Jonathan Willbanks — Health, Wellness, and Longevity Expert | Conscious Life News

Over the past two years, I have gradually transitioned all of my food, cleaning, and personal care products to natural and non-toxic alternatives. In so doing, my life has profoundly changed for the better. I am happier and healthier than ever before, and my natural lifestyle has facilitated a complete turnaround in my health, as well as a total recovery from some major health conditions. But my hairspray is the last piece of the puzzle that I have been resistant to put into place.

I have tried many natural hair styling products over the past several months and have been sadly disappointed by all of them. None of the  natural alternatives could provide the holding and sculpting power I had become accustomed to. As a result, I stubbornly held off on switching, and continued to apply highly toxic phthalate-laden hairspray on a daily basis, rationalizing this on the grounds that if this was the worst thing I was doing, I was probably ok.

But no more. My mother was aware of my search for a functional natural hairspray alternative, so when she came across the recipe (provided below) on Pintrest, she immediately sent it my way. The cost to make it was extraordinarily low (less than $.50), and the total time required was less than ten minutes. So I decided to give it a try, and wow am I glad I did.

I have been using this hairspray for three days now and am totally satisfied with it. It provides about 80% of the holding and styling power of my chemical spray, but it has proven more than sufficient for my needs. While the hold is still strong, the look it produces is far more natural looking. My hair looks styled without looking like I styled it (a hallmark of any good cosmetic). This will be my everyday hairspray from now on. My mom has much longer hair and has been using it as well; she is equally satisfied. This stuff really works!

For an applicator, I picked up an attractive metal spray bottle at my local Dollar Tree and it works perfectly.

Here are the ridiculously simple directions to make your own natural, safe, and effective hairspray

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
6-8 drops essential oils (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Heat water to a boil and turn off heat source. Add 2 tsps of sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Then add 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (optional). I chose spearmint because that was what I had on hand, and it smells great.  And THAT ladies and gentlemen…is it!

If you find you need a stronger hold, just use more sugar.

This recipe originally appeared at the excellent DIY blog One Good Thing. Check out the original article for additional directions to make your own hair de-tangler (though if you make it, I suggest using a natural conditioner, which is not mentioned in the instructions).

 

Here’s me chilling at Starbucks as I write this, wearing the hairspray about six hours after application and still holding strong.

 

If you enjoyed this post, check out the other articles in my ongoing Healthy Alternatives on a Budget series. 

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  1. danagustely@yahoo.com' Dana says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!! I REALLY hope this works. I have been been looking for an alternative to hairspray. I happen it works on long hair.

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