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How to Make Your Own Natural Hairspray at Home

Updated on February 20, 2014
home made hairspray
home made hairspray


I love using hairspray but I don't love all the chemicals. When I put my hair in an updo I need something to help hold it in place so I don't get any flyaways. So I went and tried out this all natural hairspray recipe. I love absolutely love it. It doesn't leave my hair feeling crunchy and it smells great. This solution is all natural so it is good for you and the environment. The cost is usually around five dollars and you might just have what you need lying around the house already.

Fresh lemons
Fresh lemons | Source
Boiling lemons
Boiling lemons

Using Lemons

Using lemons to make your own hairspray is fun, easy and simple.

What you will need

  • One lemon
  • Two cups of water
  • One pot to put on the stove
  • One spray bottle
  • One container for the leftovers
  • One bowl
  • One strainer

What to do next

  • Cut the lemon into slices
  • Put the water and lemon in the pot
  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Once the water is boiling turn the heat down to a medium heat
  • Leave the mixture for about an hour or until you have about a cup of water left
  • Remove the pot from the stove
  • Put the strainer over the bowl
  • Pour the liquid and fruit into the strainer
  • Dump the fruit
  • Refrigerate the juice for an hour
  • Take the juice out of the fridge and pour it into the spray bottle
  • Pour left overs into another container

This stuff really works well you just have to remember to refrigerate it after you use it. It should last two weeks. After two weeks throw it out and make a new one.

Lemon juice
Lemon juice | Source

Using Store Bought Lemon Juice(or lime juice)

This is another variation that works just as well and takes less time. If you are in a hurry this is the way to go. This also works with lime juice. The instructions are the same for lime juice you just replace the lemon juice with the lime juice.

What you need

  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (four to six ounce)

What to do next

  • Pour three or four tablespoons of lemon juice into the spray bottle
  • Fill the rest with water
  • Refridgerate

This will last for a couple weeks before it needs to be thrown out.

dry hair
dry hair

The Cons of Using Lemon Juice

The only down side I really found is that sometimes especially if you are in the sun a lot this can dry out your hair. If this happens have no fear there are a few other fruits that do an awesome job without drying out your hair. Using oranges, tangerines or limes works too.

Limes | Source
Fresh oranges
Fresh oranges | Source


If you want to use limes or oranges instead you can follow all the instructions for the lemon spray just the same. You just replace the lemon with the orange or lime. For oranges and tangerines you cannot use the fast version by just purchasing the juice. you have to boil them with water. When you choose to use the lime you can use the shorter version and just buy the lime juice. The measurements should be the same. If you use tangerines you will want to use two instead of one because the fruit is smaller.

Using Sugar

This one is my favorite. You can use sugar and water to make hairspray.

What you need

  • One cup of water
  • Half of a cup of sugar
  • One Pot
  • One spray bottle

What to do next

  • First heat up the water in the pot
  • Once the water is hot mix in the sugar
  • Once the sugar is completely disolved remove the pot from heat
  • Pour the mixture into the spray bottle and set in the refridgerator
  • Take out of the fridge once completely cooled

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      Brittanie Pervier 5 years ago from Seattle WA

      Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. I am learning how to make my own beauty products that are chemical free and this hair spray smells so good I couldn't wait to share this one :)

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great information! This is so helpful. I never thought of making my own hairspray. Your instructions are good and easy to follow. Well written and well presented. Voted up and shared!