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.

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).


Adena Giles
Past Member 8 months ago

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Charlene S.
Charla D.4 years ago

I'll give this a try.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jessica C.
Jessica S.5 years ago

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!

Paula M.
Paula M.6 years ago

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.

Miho N.
Miho N.6 years ago

love the idea, thanks for sharing!

Sophia W.
Sophia W.6 years ago

will the vodka change the color of your hair?

Michelle H.
.6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Nadia Ann
Past Member 6 years ago

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Office Mail8 years ago

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