Easy DIY Hair Spray Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Last weekend my daughter grabbed a golden masquerade mask, put on a gorgeous gown, and headed to Protocol. Now, when you hear “protocol” you probably think of healing foods, lifestyle changes, and supplements . . . 36 hour fermented yogurt, sauna therapy and sulforaphane, for example.

Usually that’s true for me, too, but in this case I’m talking about a gathering where teens learn the proper protocol for formal events – how to waltz, use formal cutlery, etc. Most importantly, it’s a chance to get dressed up and have fun with friends.

Basically, it’s an alternative to prom for homeschoolers.

It’s also pretty much the only time of year I make hair spray. Unlike store-bought options – especially aerosol versions – which often contain parabens, benzyl salicylate, plastic polymers and artificial fragrances, this super simple recipe only contains 2-3 ingredients.

Also, it WORKS. Seriously. This stuff holds strong after long after hours of eating, mingling, and dancing.

homemade hair spray recipe

4 Quick Tips for Getting The Best Results

#1: Drying Time – The optional alcohol in this recipe shortens the drying time. If you skip the alcohol, allow more time for the formula to dry between applications.

#2: Application – Instead of one heavy application, apply in light layers to avoid weighing hair down.

#3: Hold Strength – If you prefer a stronger hold, try increasing the sugar by 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Don’t overdo it, though – too much can create a sticky consistency.

#4: Batch Size– This recipe makes about 1/3 cup. Although the optional alcohol can extend the shelf life a little, this formula does not contain a dedicated preservative (even natural ones). For that reason, I recommend only making enough to use within a week or so and storing it in the fridge.

For example, I often cut the recipe in half if my daughter and I are using it for one special event.

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Easy DIY Homemade Hair Spray

This homemade hairspray recipe holds well, works with all hair types, and is super simple to make.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 0.33 cup
Author Heather Dessinger


  • ½ cup filtered water or distilled water (the minerals in tap water can contribute to build-up)
  • 2 tsp white sugar (or more if needed – use the leftover sugar to make homemade body scrub)
  • 2 tbsp high proof vodka (optional, rubbing alcohol will also work)


To Make

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely. Add the vodka or rubbing alcohol (if using). then pour into a spray bottle with a fine mist nozzle (for example, an old hair spray bottle).

To Use

  • Shake well before every use. Apply a thin mist to dry hair.
  • Allow to dry before reapplying. Continue the process until desired hold is achieved. Store in the fridge and use within 1 week.


Prep time does not include the time needed for the mixture to cool.
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Dry Shampoo – Need a lift for oily hair? These easy dry shampoo recipes work for light or dark hair and take less than five minutes to make. You’ll only need 2-4 ingredients, and you probably already have them in your pantry.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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