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How to Make Natural Hairspray

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Want to save some cash & still keep those stubborn flyaways in check? You can make your own hairspray easily & cheaply with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. I love this hairspray & I think you will too. I think it works just as well as store bought, here, try it out!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (granulated)
  • 2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol (optional, 91% isopropyl works best)


  1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil on the stove.
  2. Once boiling, remove pan from heat.
  3. Gradually add 2 teaspoons of sugar while stirring. Keep stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for two or three minutes until it is just warm, not hot.
  5. Stir in 2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol. If you would rather not use the alcohol just skip this step.
  6. Let the hairspray cool completely
  7. Funnel into a spray bottle with a fine misting nozzle.


  • For a stronger or weaker hold you can tweak the amount of sugar. I actually used 3 teaspoons but probably would have been fine at 2. What I have is an extra strong hold. 1 teaspoon would likely yield a flexible hold.
  • You can leave the alcohol out if you prefer. It just helps with shelf life & consistency so your sprayer doesn’t get clogged. It has nothing to do with the hold. It does add a nice cooling feeling to the mist though that I really like in the summer. Its a nice touch is all.
  • If a few weeks after you make this, it begins to turn cloudy, throw it out. This is what the alcohol is supposed to prevent but if the mixture is too hot when you add the alcohol, or if you leave it out, it wont work as well to keep the clouds away.
  • If you plan to heat style with an iron, spray on a thin coat first & then style when its dry. Or if you have a wet/dry iron just spray & style. Do be careful to use it sparingly at this point though, too much spray now will cause flakes just like regular hairspray.
  • Once you have your hair how you want, set the style with a bit more spray & let it dry completely before messing with it more. It is water so if you mess with it too soon you'll just look wet.
  • Make sure the sprayer you use has a super fine mist nozzle.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray Bottle with a fine mist nozzle. Most department stores carry one in the travel sized toiletries section or you can just recycle a used pump hairspray bottle.
  • Small saucepan
  • Stove or range
  • Measuring spoon
  • Funnel
  • Stir Spoon

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