After going all-natural with all my other hair-care, the last thing I had to tackle was DIY hair spray with essential oils. I thought this might be difficult, after all, most of the recipes I found called for vodka. One of the reasons I wanted to use something natural was to get away from the drying-out caused by alcohol in modern hair sprays! Why would I put that on my hair. After much searching I landed on a couple recipes for DIY hair spray that didn't use any alcohol and I gave one a try. I've tweaked it a little here and there, added some of my favorite essential oils, and feel like I've come up with the perfect natural homemade hair spray recipe.

Not only is this DIY hair spray good for your hair, it smells good, it's super cheap to make, and it works every bit as good as the store bought stuff. And don't let the sugar fool you! I too worried it would leave my hair sticky, or attract insects. But, it doesn't!

Best Glass Spray Bottle for DIY Hair Spray

I have tried lots of little spray bottles for homemade hair spray and most of them end up gummed up, or not spraying a fine enough mist. Last year I got one of these locking amber glass spray bottles and I've been so happy with it! This bottle has a great trigger sprayer, super fine mist, and it locks, keeping my hairspray from making a mess in my overnight bag when I travel!

Photosensitization

Many essential oils can interact with tanning booth light bulbs and UV light from the sun so they should be used with caution. If you plan on spending all day in the sun, then you shouldn't use the oils below. If you're just going to work or something and will not be outside, then you should be fine.

Taken from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Photosensitizers

  • Angelica root (Angelica archangelica)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Cumin Cuminum cyminum)
  • Distilled or expressed grapefruit – low risk – (Citrus paradisi)
  • Expressed lemon Citrus limon)
  • Expressed lime (Citrus medica)
  • Orange, bitter expressed – (Citrus aurantium)
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Non-Phototoxic Citrus Oils

  • Bergamot: Bergapteneless
    – FCF: Furanocoumarin Free (Citrus bergamia)
  • Distilled lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Distilled lime (Citrus medica)
  • Mandarin- Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Expressed tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • Yuzu oil expressed or distilled – (Citrus juno)
DIY Essential Oil Hair Spray
 
Author:
Ingredients
*Essential Oils I Love
  • I always use some rosemary since it's very good for hair, but I also love to add some lavender, grapefruit and bergamot. This is my favorite blend. You can use any combination you like!
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a simmer and remove from heat. Add sugar and whisk until completely dissolved. Allow mixture to cool before adding essential oils.
  2. Store in a glass spray bottle with a fine mister.
  3. Shake before each use to distribute oils as they will separate.
Notes
Few Notes:

Water-based DIY preparations have a limited shelf lift, usually lasting 3-4 weeks, so be aware of this so you make the right amount for your needs.

Photosensitization

Many essential oils can interact with tanning booth light bulbs and UV light from the sun so they should be used with caution. If you plan on spending all day in the sun, then you shouldn't use the oils below. If you're just going to work or something and will not be outside, then you should be fine.

Taken from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Photosensitizers

Angelica root Angelica archangelica
Bergamot Citrus bergamia
Cumin Cuminum cyminum
Distilled or expressed grapefruit (low risk) Citrus paradisi
Expressed lemon Citrus limon
Expressed lime
Citrus medica
Orange, bitter (expressed) Citrus aurantium
Rue Ruta graveolens

Non-Phototoxic Citrus Oils


Bergamot: Bergapteneless
(FCF: Furanocoumarin Free) Citrus bergamia
Distilled lemon Citrus limon
Distilled lime Citrus medica
Mandarin - Tangerine Citrus reticulata
Sweet orange Citrus sinensis
Expressed tangerine Citrus reticulata
Yuzu oil (expressed or distilled) Citrus juno

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