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DIY Essential Oil Hair Spray

After going all-natural with my hair-care the last thing I had to tackle was DIY essential oil hair spray. Here's the recipe I've been using.

After going all-natural with all my other hair-care the last thing I had to tackle was DIY essential oil hair spray. 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 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 hair spray recipe.

Not only is this 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 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
  • 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.

 

No-Sugar DIY Essential Oil Hair Spray
 
Author:
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the glass bottle and shake well before each use.
Notes
Essential Oil Blends I Love

Blend 1: 1 Drop Each
Peppermint
Tea Tree
Rosemary

Blend 2: 1 Drop Each
Geranium
Clary Sage
Lavender

 

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

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Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.



This post currently has 38 comments.

  1. Andresa
    August 29, 2017

    I don’t usually have a need for hair spray, preferring a styling gel. But if I was going to make DIY hair spray, I’d go with the sugar one. However, looking at the two recipes, I’m somewhat puzzled. The sugar recipe uses 25 drops of essential oils while the no sugar recipe uses only 3 drops of essential oils; yet the volume of liquid in both recipes is pretty much the same. Any guidelines on how many drops to use?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 9, 2017

      Hi Andresa,

      This is the only hair spray recipe we have.

      What recipe are you referring to that only has 3 drops?

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  2. Kathy
    August 15, 2017

    Can this be made without the essential oils or would it not work without them?

    Thanks!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 16, 2017

      Yes, but it won’t have the healthy hair promoting effects. 🙂

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  3. Theresa
    June 26, 2017

    So sugar…? Does anyone have problems with bees or knats swarming about your head?

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  4. Joy
    June 25, 2017

    When you live in the south, what about ants and bugs coming for the sugar in your hair?

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  5. Deborah Barbour
    March 14, 2017

    can you use honey instead of sugar?

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  6. Tera
    December 22, 2016

    There is another spray bottle that I use, that has a fine mist but I don’t know the link. You can go to Amazon and type in “Black glass bottle with fine mist and it will come up with some others which all advertise to have a fine mist which is an issue with the linked spray bottle Dr. used. The key is to write in “fine mist spray,” in all departments, and you will find 6 black glass 8 oz. fine mist sprayers. They are only $10.99 “prime,” as well, so if you have prime you get them in 2 days with free shipping. The other mentioned is not available for prime. Just sayin’…

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  7. Starla Johnston
    October 24, 2016

    Does this hairspray work good for hard to hold hair? I usually have to buy extra hold hairspray, and it all contains alcohol which I would like to get away from.
    Thank you

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    • Customer Support
      November 23, 2016

      Starla,

      My hair is super fine and flies away like crazy. This is my recipe and it works GREAT for me. I’d call this a medium to strong hold. You can use more or less sugar to adjust the hold!

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  8. Bright Beginnings Wellness
    October 24, 2016

    How long does this keep? Do I have to keep it in the fridge?

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    • Customer Support
      November 23, 2016

      I make this in small batches (the recipe) and it lasts me 1-2 months. I don’t refrigerate at all.

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  9. Lavonda
    September 7, 2016

    Has Mama Z tried coconut sugar?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 8, 2016

      Not for this recipe, but we use coconut sugar all the time in our baking!

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  10. Candace
    September 7, 2016

    Will coconut sugar work?

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    • Dr. Z
      September 8, 2016

      Sure, you can try. We just haven’t used it… 🙂

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  11. Elizabeth
    August 28, 2016

    I am HIGHLY allergic to hairspray and my Mom (she lives with me) can’t stand NOT using it. We have gone rounds fighting over it, and she now sprays her hair outdoors, and tries to do it after I go to work. She scoffs at DIY recipes, but I’m going to try this myself and if I like it, maybe I can convince her to use it also. I haven’t been able to spray my hair for about 10 years so I’m hoping this works well for me so I can fix my hair like I used to and keep it out of my face. Thank you for sharing all of this information with us. I have been learning about Essential oils for almost 2 years now and have been learning from you for almost a year. I am convinced that Essential oils have saved my life!

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    • Dr. Z
      August 30, 2016

      Elizabeth, we’ve gotten GREAT reviews about this recipe and hope you’re one of them. Keep us posted!!

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  12. Donna
    August 16, 2016

    What is the purpose of the sugar? Can another kind be substituted? I’m not spending $30 on a bag of it. Thanks

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  13. Bonnie Woodley
    August 11, 2016

    Can this be used on Black women’s hair, due to the water content?

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    • Dr. Z
      August 19, 2016

      That’s a really good question. I am not sure.

      Any brave black woman out there want to be a test subject for a DIY research study?!? 😉

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  14. Beth
    July 31, 2016

    I am so upset. I purchased the recommended bottle, but there is no MIST and the spray was too strong for my curled hair. I ended up with wet hair, limp hair, but it was sprayed.

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    • Customer Support
      August 2, 2016

      Oh no! Mine has a super fine mist. It’s the only setting.

      If the spray is too strong, you can dilute with more water. Depending on the hold you like, you can use more or less sugar.

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    • Deb
      October 24, 2016

      Where do I purchase the recommended Bottle? My hair isveryfine so must have a fine mist sprayer.

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  15. Christine
    May 29, 2016

    I have very frizzy hair. The only way I can control it is with hairspray. Will this work on frizzy hair?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 29, 2016

      It should. Try it out and keep us posted!

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  16. elisabeth
    May 29, 2016

    can i use the spray in the sun? essential oils like bergamot and grapefruit are not to be used in sunlight

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      Hi Elisabeth,

      Some citrus oils are photosensitive so, yes, be careful in the sun. It may cause sun-damage if you have fine hair so may want to use other oils.

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      • Tera
        December 22, 2016

        I have to say, do not use the photosensitive oils in this hairspray blend. They will allow the sun to bleach out your hair, if not will cause damage to the hairshaft. I am a retired hair stylist of 18 years and have used essential oils for some time now and have researched them thoroughly, as I could anyway. I can seriously say this with confidence, do not use them. Instead choose a blend of several that are good for hair, such as Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Cedarwood to name a few. These will bring other hair benefits to this hairspray as well. I am so excited to try this new hairspray as most are filled with chemicals and are harmful. Thank you for this effort.

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        • Dr. Z
          December 26, 2016

          Yes, good points! I just updated the post to reflect some notes on photosensitivity.

          Yes – many essential oils can interact with tanning booth light bulbs and UV light from the sun so they should be used with caution. And, if you plan on spending all day in the sun, then you shouldn’t use the oils below. However, if you’re just going to work and will not be outside, then you should be fine.

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  17. Julie
    May 29, 2016

    Do I need to worry about bugs–or especially bees–when using this sugar spray?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 30, 2016

      We do attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, but you should be fine. 😉

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  18. Maritza
    May 28, 2016

    Will this make your hair sticky? Just wondering.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Nope, shouldn’t 🙂

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  19. Brenda
    May 28, 2016

    Looking forward to trying this hair spray out and thank you also for the link for the spray bottle. Been using natural personal products for some time, but never found s natural hair spray alternative.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 28, 2016

      Great! Keep up posted!

        Reply

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