Hair products can work wonders, but the good stuff is usually super expensive. Plus, most of the major brands use a ton of ingredients you can't even pronounce, so it's safe to say a lot of us have no idea what we're putting in our hair.
The good side is that most products can be made at home using basic ingredients for a fraction of the cost of commercial brands. Hairspray is no exception, and actually one of the easier ones to make.
Here's all you need to make your own, courtesy of Jill of DIY blog One Good Thing:
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- A few drops of essential oils for fragrance (optional)
- Spray bottle
To mix, just boil the water, turn off the heat, and stir in the other ingredients. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and you're done. The sugar is what holds your hair in place, so you can play around with the amount to make it stronger (or more flexible).
If you have color-treated hair and are worried about fading, you can try using citrus water instead. Just slice up a lemon or orange and boil it in water for 30 to 45 minutes before adding the sugar.
Your homemade spray should last for 2 to 3 weeks before going bad, but if you don't think you'll use it all before then, you can just cut it in half.
Jill also gives some advice on making DIY hair detangler, which is even easier to put together.
- Hair conditioner of your choice
- Spray bottle
Just fill the spray bottle two-thirds full with water and fill the rest of the space with your conditioner. Done.