8 homemade hair spray recipes with eco-friendly ingredients

While conventional hairspray can do the job of keeping your hair in place, the chemicals in hairspray are known to take a toll on the planet.

Aerosol products such as hair spray can send harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, onto frequently touched surfaces, and into your body.

Do yourself and the environment a favor and opt instead for one of our easy DIY hair spray recipes using natural ingredients you already have at home.

sugar hair spray

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Almost everyone already has white sugar in their house. And luckily for your wallet and your hair, this DIY hair spray only requires two ingredients: sugar and water.


Using a pot, boil a cup of filtered water. Once the water is hot enough, stir in 2 tablespoons of white sugar. If you want a stronger hairspray, add a little more sugar.

When your sugar is completely dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and allow the liquid to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pour the liquid into a spray bottle (ideally glass).

Remember to shake the spray well each time before applying it to your hair.

Rose water hair spray

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While you’ve gotten your white sugar from the previous recipe, consider making this hairspray if you’re prone to dandruff or itching. The process is much the same as the first recipe with only a slight variation.


Heat 1 cup of rose water in a saucepan. Stir 2 tablespoons of sugar into the heated liquid and continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Allow the mixture to cool before pouring it into a spray bottle.

This hairspray will keep its freshness for a few months.

Hairspray with aloe

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Aloe vera is well known for its soothing properties. These same attributes can help make your hair softer and less frizzy.


In a bowl, mix 1/3 cup of fresh aloe vera juice with 2/3 cup of filtered water. Make sure the two ingredients are well mixed.

Funnel into a spray bottle and shake well before using.

Lemon Hairspray

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Have you ever squirted lemon juice into your hair during the summer months for natural highlights from the sun? Well, did you realize you were only a few ingredients away from a homemade hairspray?


Heat 2 cups of filtered water in a saucepan. Take a fresh lemon (it must be fresh) and cut it into squeezeable pieces.

Squeeze as much juice as possible from the lemon pieces, then add the zest to the water. Bring to a boil and allow half of the liquid to evaporate. Allow the mixture to cool before straining the lemon peel and seeds.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix well.

Pour your mixture into a spray bottle and shake well before using.

Since this hairspray requires fresh lemon, you should store the bottle in the fridge. It should last up to 2 weeks before it needs to be thrown away.

Sugar Vodka Hairspray

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This adaptation to the first recipe is ideal for a stronger hold.


Boil 1 cup of filtered water in a saucepan. Stir in 2 tablespoons of white sugar and let dissolve. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, stir in 1 tablespoon of vodka.

Let it cool completely before transferring it to a spray bottle.

Rubbing Alcohol Hair Spray

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This recipe is very similar to the one above. However, instead of vodka, you use rubbing alcohol.


Boil 1/2 cup of filtered water in a saucepan and add 2 teaspoons of sugar. Stir until it dissolves before adding 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool completely before pouring the mixture into a spray bottle.

Flax seed jelly


As an alternative to hairspray, you can also try a homemade hair gel that can hold your locks in place.


For this DIY gel, bring 1 cup of water to a boil and remove from heat. While still hot, stir in 1/4 cup flax seeds. Let the flax seeds soak in water for at least 24 hours.

Once the seeds are soaked, strain them and your gel is ready to use. Smooth the mixture over your hair before styling.

Hair spray with argan oil

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Argan oil is a popular natural product used to protect hair from heat damage. It is also a perfect ingredient for hair spray.


Boil 1/2 cup of filtered water in a saucepan. Stir in 1 teaspoon of white sugar and let it dissolve. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Once the mixture has cooled, incorporate 2 drops of argan oil.

Funnel the liquid into a spray bottle and shake well. This spray should last up to three weeks.

How to dial up/down hold

Depending on your hair type, you may want a little more or a little less hold. To customize your mix, focus on recipes that contain sugar and add more sugar than specified for a stronger hold and less sugar for a looser recipe.

Add a few drops of essential oils

Essential oils like tea tree oil and lavender oil are amazing additions to any homemade beauty recipe, and so is a homemade hair spray.

Use a few drops of your favorite essential oil to perfume your hairspray and add shine to your hair.

Melissa R. Brumfield