How To Make Your Own Hair Spray

Homemade Hairspray from Two Ingredients

woman applying tonic hair care spray on hair ends
Peter Nicholson / Getty Images

Are you looking for a natural and wallet-friendly hair spray to keep your 'do in place? Hairsprays often contain obnoxious fragrances that can trigger allergies. In addition to the holding agent, you're spewing aerosol propellants around your room and chemicals you may not fully understand. Wouldn't it be great to use hairspray that is all-natural and you can spritz on with confidence? Then, give this simple, two-ingredient recipe a try:

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time Required: 20 minutes or less

What You Need to Make Homemade Hairspray

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • A pot
  • Stovetop or hot plate
  • A strainer
  • An empty, clean spray bottle

Here's How to Make Homemade Hairspray

  1. Slice the lemon into wedges.
  2. Place the lemon wedges in a pot, and cover with two cups water.
  3. Heat the lemons and water to a boil and keep it boiling until only half of the liquid remains.
  4. Allow the boiled lemon water to cool.
  5. Strain the lemon water and place in a clean spray bottle.
  6. Label the spray bottle with its contents, "Homemade Lemon Hairspray," the date you prepared it and the date it should be discarded (one week from preparation date).
  7. If the finished spray feels sticky to the touch, dilute it with a bit of water.
  8. You can store your hair spray in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  9. To extend the shelf life of your homemade hairspray, add a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle when you fill it with the strained lemon water. With this addition, the hair spray can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  1. If the hairspray becomes cloudy, shows mold growth or smells musty, discard it.

Tips and Modifications for Homemade Hairspray

  1. If you have dry hair, try an orange instead of a lemon.
  2. You can customize the scent of your hair spray by adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oil.

Advantages of Homemade Hairspray

  • You know the ingredients. You won't be exposing yourself and your hair to chemicals you don't understand, unnecessary aerosol propellants,
  • You won't be disposing of aerosol cans, you will be reusing a spray bottle.
  • It's very cheap, especially if you grown your own lemons or other citrus.
  • You won't be exposing yourself and others to artificial, cheap scents and perfumes. These can trigger allergies in you, people around you, and your pets.

Disadvantages of Homemade Hairspray

  • This formula will probably work differently on your hair that what you've become used to with your current hairspray. You'll probably need to experiment with it to get the hairstyle you prefer. You may want to use some hair gel or other product in addition to the homemade hairspray to get the same effects.
  • You'll have to make new hairspray each week to two weeks. This is probably more often than you need to restock cans of hairspray, and it takes some time and effort.