• Kelsey Sims

DIY Natural Hairspray

While store bought hairsprays no longer contain vinyl chloride or methylene chloride, ingredients in many formulations may still cause adverse health effects in susceptible individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is not known whether propylene glycol--a common hairspray ingredient--has cancer-causing properties. Most hairsprays contain a group of ingredients referred to simply as "fragrance." Because the specific ingredients are not listed on the label, it is impossible to accurately assess their safety.

While the chronic health implications of hairspray ingredients are somewhat controversial, its more immediate dangers are better understood. Hairsprays can cause fire and personal injury when exposed to open flame and should be kept away from direct heat sources. According to Drug Information Online, inhalation of denatured alcohol, hydrofluorocarbons and other hairspray ingredients can lead to acute poisoning, which is marked by symptoms like low blood pressure, breathing difficulty and coma. Irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs may also occur in sensitive individuals.

Making your own natural hairspray without the harmful chemicals is easy with essential oils and only takes a few simple ingredients you already have at home. It can easily be customizable to your favorite essential oils and to your preferred hold.


1 cup water

4 teaspoons sugar

2 drops Geranium oil

2 drops Lavender oil

2 drops Peppermint oil

2 drops Rosemary oil

2 drops Clary Sage oil

Tip: Use more or less sugar depending on how strong you want the hold to be.


Feel free to customize the essential oils to your preference. You can use one or all of the essential oils listed above. However, be careful using citrus oils as they can lighten your hair if exposed to UV light.


  1. In saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring heat to boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.

  2. Pour essential oil into 8-ounce glass fine mist spray bottle and add cooled sugar water.

  3. Use as you would any other hairspray.

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