Hairspray is essential to my regular beauty routine. While I may only use it a few times a week, it is still one thing that I do not care to live without. Because without hairspray, my messy mom bun ends up looking a little too messy.
Beauty products tend to be the area I struggle with the most when it comes to zero-waste. It feels hard to justify the trash produced by products that aren’t truly necessary.
In the beginning, I spent countless hours trying to make my own shampoo bars, face creams, and mascara with few successes. I’ve improved on making the own DIY make-up and beauty products since then and one that I am really pleased with is hairspray. It’s so simple and requires only a few ingredients that you might already have, or that are easy to find in bulk or low-waste packaging.
If you didn’t know, hairspray is one of those products that is not only full of nasty chemicals, but it is harmful to the environment.
Hairspray is a polymer that transforms impressively from a liquid to a solid with the help of propellants, plasticizers, surfactants, and adhesives.
That’s not the only thing you might find in hairsprays. Some products contain harmful ingredients like phthalates and formaldehyde.
While you might not find an aerosol hairspray on the market that contains those famous ozone-depleting chemicals—also known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), you will find other hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases notorious for their contribution to global warming.
If I wanted to reduce my footprint, lower my waste, and live a more natural lifestyle, the easiest solution was to make my own.
Hair Spray Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup Boiling water
- 5-10 tbsp White sugar
- 1 tbsp Vodka or other grain alcohol
- 20 drops Essential oils I used jasmine
Dissolve sugar in water.
5 tbsp = soft hold
7 tbsp = medium hold
10 tbsp = strong hold
Stir in vodka.
Let cool and add 15 drops essential oil or more for stronger scent.
Transfer to spray bottle and keep the extra in a mason jar in the fridge.