How To Make Your Own Hair Spray

Have you ever wondered how to make your own hair spray?  It’s actually very easy!

How to Make Your Own Hair Spray

I cannot believe I didn’t research this sooner, but I just always figured that it was probably impossible.

The good news is that it’s not impossible, and you can make your own hairspray!  No more breathing nasty chemicals and spending money.

Homemade hairspray requires only 5 minutes of your time and 2 ingredients.

It costs literally 2 cents to make an entire bottle of hairspray, and the best part is that it will hold your hair every bit as well as well as a bottle of store-bought hairspray!


Here’s what you do:

  • Bring one cup of water to a boil.
  • Dissolve 4 teaspoons of sugar in the water.
  • Cool and pour into a fine mist spray bottle.

That’s it!  I have been using this recipe for several months, and I honestly forget that I’m not using “real” hair spray.

A few notes from my personal experience:

1. I used an empty bottle of store-bought hair spray.  I figured the mist would be the perfect consistency that way (and it is.)

2. I also added around 8 drops of lavender oil to mine to make it smell good, but that is completely optional.

3.  The first time you use your homemade hair spray, you might think it’s not going to work because it’s so wet.  Give the water a couple minutes to evaporate, and you’ll be left with nothing but hair held firmly in place.  If you want an even firmer hold, give it another misting after the first round has dried.


If you try out this recipe, be sure to let me know!  I’d love to hear how you liked it!



Update 5/12/15

I started making this using raw, organic cane sugar instead of refined white sugar.  It goes  bad much more quickly with the raw sugar.  (It will last about 2 weeks.) Adding a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil will extend the shelf life a little longer.


  1. oh my goodness! I go through a TON of hairspray with my curly hair. might try this.

    ok, so funny questions – does your hair feel sticky? and do you get attacked by bugs/bees??

    hard to believe that sugar works?

    • I think it feels like it normally does if I have hair spray on it. How would you describe that? Stiff, I guess. I cannot run my hands through it, though, or my hands will feel sticky. I would definitely describe it as a “firm hold” hairspray. Once it’s there, you can’t really mess with it much. Although, I wonder if you used less sugar you would have a lighter hold? I’ll have to experiment with that. I have not had a problem with bugs or bees. I was afraid of that, but I have not noticed anything, and I’ve been outside near bees numerous times this summer.

      • I made my own as well using 2 cups of water, 2 TB of chamomile herb, and only 2 tsp. of sugar.
        Bring the water to a boil, add herbs, turn off heat, cover the pot, and let it steep for 10 min. after it’s cooled, strain off the herbs and stir in sugar. Put in spray bottle and use! Store in fridge to avoid spoilage since you used the fresh hersb. You can use an herbal scent in the place of the herb the chamomile just adds shine and nutrients to the hair shaft!
        Using only 1 tsp of sugar per 1 cup of water provides a nice moveable hold that is not sticky and can be brushed out so you don’t have to wash your hair everyday:-) Saves tons of money and is way healthier! You’re not breathing those noxious fumes and your hair shafts are not absorbing toxins into your bloodstream every time you want to spray your hair! I’ve also noticed that the overspray on walls and trim in your bathroom wipes right off…that’s a big plus! No hairspray splatters! Thanks for telling me about it!

        • Good to know about the flexible hold. I’m thinking I want to keep a bottle of each on hand for different hairstyles!

  2. Erlend sandvik says:

    Have you tried adding a bit salt to increase the shelf life and to modify the consistency? 3,5 percent salt equals the level in the ocean and may help you to get a beach look to 🙂

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve never had a problem with shelf life at all, but I’d be curious to see what it does to the consistency.

  3. I’ve been meaning to try this for awhile – great!!

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  5. Can you bring the water to boiling in the microwave?

  6. Amy Starkey says:

    Hi, do you use brown or caster sugar? thanks

    • MaryEllen Bream says:

      I have used both white sugar and raw cane sugar. Probably any type of granulated sugar would work.

  7. And you don’t have any trouble with bugs coming into your hair? I work outside and don’t want a flock of anything landing in my hair lol


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