The Little Red Owl

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Hairspray…back in the day I used so much hairspray that my room (and lungs) were covered in a sticky film. I do not use hairspray everyday anymore and when I do-I use a minimal amount. I have fine, pin straight hair so some product is necessary unless I want to look like a drowned rat.

Enter: homemade hairspray. First I tried this recipe from OneGoodThing.

While this did work well, it was a little too stiff for me and after about a week it went rancid. I am far too lazy to keep making more hairspray once a week #firstworldproblem

So here is the recipe I have settled on. (I found it over at Organic Authority, check them out)

Homemade rosemary hairspray (from Organic Authority)


4 tsp sugar

1 cup distilled water

1 tbsp vodka

3-5 drops rosemary essential oil

Fine misting spray bottle


  1. Boil water in a sauce pan, once boiled-turn down to simmer
  2. stir in the sugar until dissolved
  3. add vodka
  4. allow mixture to cool
  5. add essential oil
  6. use a funnel to put mixture into your spray bottle
  7. good to go!

This works great, isn’t too stiff, and leaves no lingering odor on my hair.


3 thoughts on “homemade hairspray

  1. Amy says:

    that is an excellent question-i am not sure how long this will last. i know the vodka acts to preserve the hairspray but i do not know a time frame. i will try to find out and let you know!

  2. roxyboots says:

    That is a great idea, hair spray is so expensive and full of rubbish. How long does it last?

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