Homemade Hairspray and Gel

February 10, 2014

Homemade Hairspray and Gel

Using Essential Oils and Natural Ingredients

Have you ever wondered what was in your store bought hairsprays and gels? Probably not. I know I never thought about it before I started going all natural. 

Well, this is what's in it. Hairspray and gel are very similar, just the concentrate is different. Each brand ingredients vary as well.

Hair spray products are a blend of simple industrial polymers that provide structural support to hair. These frequently include copolymers ofpolyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyvinyl acetate (PV). This copolymer mixture is usually modified to achieve the desired physical properties (adhesive strength, foaming, etc.), using plasiticers such as aminomethyl propanol, surfactants such as Benzalkonium chloride, and other agents likedimethicone.
These active ingredients make up only a small portion of a hairspray (aerosol can). The majority of a canister is filled with volatile solvents necessary to solubilize and aerosolize the copolymer mixture. These include simple alcohols like ethanol or tert-Butanol to solubilize the active ingredients, andDimethyl ether or mixed hydrocarbons as propellants. {SOURCE}

What is all that?? Sounds like a bunch of plastic and junk!!!  

So do you want to make your own now? 

Here is how:
1 cup filtered water
4 teaspoons white sugar
6-8 drops essential oils (optional)

Bring water to a boil, then add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before adding essential oils or they will dissolve and not be any good. Put into spray bottle. 
You can use more or less sugar depending on how strong you want it. But be warned, to much sugar might leave your hair a bit crystallized. 

A good selection of fragrant essential oils to use for your hairspray could be:

If you want to order any essential oils, you can order from the link below.
www.mydoterra.com/650203 if you order from here all Wonderfully Messy Mom readers will get 10% off their order!!! 

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  1. So interesting! Who knew you could make your own?!

    1. Anonymous5:50 PM

      I know right! You can make just about anything thats on a store shelf!

  2. oh who knew you could make your own hairspray!! Too neat! I am a wash and go but hubby uses hairspray every day.....no idea why....so will see if he will test this for me :)

  3. very interesting bet it smells better than most store brands
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  4. Very cool! I like that it contains ingredients you already have. I will be trying this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow, I had never thought of making these products. Thanks for linking up with the Let's Get Real party. Please join us again this week.


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