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Sweet Hair Spray Formula

Sweet Hair Spray Formula

Our hair can suffer from end-of-winter blahs just like us, feeling limp, lifeless, and squashed from hiding out under a hat.

What to do? Most commercial hair sprays are nasty, but we need some shape and hold for our static-ridden, winter-weary tresses.

Well, here’s some great news! This easy to make formula really gives body and shape to flat or flyaway hair. You’ll be totally surprised by the main ingredient: who knew? But it works. Sweet!


1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup hot purified water
1 tablespoon vodka (optional)
3-5 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)


Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Stir thoroughly to dissolve, then add the vodka and essential oil. Any leftovers should be stored in a cool, dry place and used within one week.


For setting and molding: Work this solution through damp hair for firm hold.

As a hair spray: Put the liquid in a bottle with a meriting mechanism or in an atomizer. You will have to rinse the nozzle under hot water after each use to avoid clogs. Lightly mist your hair. When used on dry hair, this spray can be wet. Don’t run your fingers or a brush through your hair until the sugar solution dries.

To thicken: Dissolve the 1 tablespoon of sugar in 6 tablespoons of hot water for a solution with more thickening power. Punkers, take note: You can sculpt your hair into amazing shapes if you use enough sugar in this formula!

Yield: 5-10 applications, depending on type of usage.

Read more: Beauty, Hair Care

Adapted from Naturally Healthy Hair, by Mary Beth Janssen (Storey Books, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Mary Beth Janssen. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Naturally Healthy Hair, by Mary Beth Janssen (Storey Books, 1999).

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8:37AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

I'll give this a try.

5:05AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:06AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

I skipped the vodka step, since I do not have any in the house. However, I cannot sing the praises of this mixture enough. It works like a charm! The best part is that I no longer have to spend money on store-bought hairspray, nor do I have to go crazy wondering what I am going to do with the pumps that cannot be recycled. Annie, you rock!

3:18AM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

I tried this and can't believe it actually works. I have curly hair with fly away frizz and really need something to hold it in place. I tried this last night before bed and it was still holding when I got up. Wow, I really didn't expect this to work. No more hairspray for me.

3:17AM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

love the idea, thanks for sharing!

5:34PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

will the vodka change the color of your hair?

8:39AM PST on Feb 1, 2010

Thanks for sharing.

10:51AM PST on Jan 16, 2010

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11:27PM PDT on Mar 13, 2008

hi my love 1

5:30PM PDT on Mar 12, 2008

I was wondering if you'd find nats flying round you're head? I usually tame my frizzy hair with cocnut oil--but I do sometimes find I seem to attract more bugs???

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