Make your own chemical-free hairspray and detangler

A few years ago I read an article about homemade hairspray. I was very interested because it had no chemicals and wouldn’t have the strong smell like aerosol hairsprays. Another point I liked was that it was good for the environment. It was very easy to mix up, simple ingredients I had on hand.

Homemade Hairspray

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 6 – 8 drops essential oils (optional)

Heat water to a boil and turn off heat source. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add the rubbing alcohol and your favorite essential oil (optional). Stir to mix it all together. Pour into a small spray bottle. Spray on your hair. Wait about 20 or so seconds for it to dry and set your hair.

My husband uses hairspray daily and tried this homemade hairspray. He really likes it. Since he doesn’t want to have scented hairspray, I don’t put essential oil when I make his hairspray.


I’m not sure what’s going on with my hair lately but it seems to tangle so easily. I’ve tried a few detanglers at home and here’s a few I’ve tried.

Coconut Oil

Smooth a small amount through hair, paying particular attention to tangled areas and damaged ends. Use a wide-tooth comb, start combing in sections from the bottom, and slowly work your way up. You can style your hair at this point or wrap your hair and leave for 30 minutes to be deeply absorbed. Using coconut oil for hair regularly helps to prevent tangles. **don’t use too much or you’ll end up with very oily hair

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • distilled water

Using a funnel, add apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil to your spray bottle. Allow this to sit for about 10 minutes.

Fill the rest of your bottle with distilled water. Shake to mix up the ingredients.

After washing your hair, spray the detangler all over your hair as a leave-in conditioner. Or use it on knots while you comb your hair. Apple cider vinegar has SO many health benefits so using it on my hair was something I just had to try! I wasn’t disappointed.

Conditioner/water detangler

  • 1 1/4 cup warm distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons conditioner

Mix the conditioner into the warm water to dissolve. Pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto hair as a leave –in conditioner.

Over the years I’ve kept little spray bottles from body spray, etc and used them for these conditioners and hair spray. Small spray bottles can also be bought at dollar stores.

Hope your hair feels so much softer after using these recipes!

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