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.
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).