DIY Homemade Hairspray Recipe – 8¢ Per Bottle
Homemade hairspray is simple to make, and can be made with a few simple ingredients you probably have sitting around. Why bother to make your own hairspray? Well, if you use hairspray on a daily basis, making your own batch is much more cost effective.
Save Money: A 7 oz bottle of hairspray costs between 85¢ to $5.00 and up at stores. Even comparing to the cheapest I’ve ever found hairspray in stores, you can save up to TEN TIMES by making it yourself. Let’s break down the cost of the ingredients. A 16 oz bottle of rubbing alcohol can be purchased at Dollar Tree for $1. A tablespoon equals .5 oz. Since this recipe calls for 2 tablespoons, you can make 16 batches of hairspray with one $1 bottle of alcohol. That means you’re spending about 6.25¢ per batch on rubbing alcohol. Water is basically free. A 5 lb bag of Great Value sugar at Walmart is $2.68. There are 32 teaspoons in one pound, or 160 teaspoons in 5 lbs. Two teaspoons of this sugar would equate to approximately 1.6¢. Therefore, you’ve blown a whopping 8 cents per bottle making your own homemade hairspray.
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1/2 cup of hot water
2 Tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol
2 Teaspoons of white sugar
Empty Spray Bottle*
A spoon to stir
*I recycled an old leave-in conditioner bottle. Look around the house, I am sure you have something you can reuse!
Heat a 1/2 cup of water to a boil.
Add 2 teaspoons of regular, white sugar to the 1/2 cup of hot water.
Stir sugar into the hot water until completely dissolved.
Add 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to the hot water and sugar mixture.
Stir the rubbing alcohol and sugar water well. Next pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle.
Add nozzle back to the spray bottle and you’re done!
So, how well does the DIY Homemade Hairspray hold up?
This a before picture of my hair:
And here’s a picture of AFTER I used my homemade hairspray:
Not too bad. The hairspray has a light hold. It does not have a hard or crunchy feel on my hair. I also brushed through my hair after applying the mixture, and it did not flake.
Overall, I like it! Now, if you are looking for a really strong hold for a mohawk or spikes, this is not the hairspray for you . For a light hold that keeps flyways at bay, this recipe is perfect.
Why not make your own hairspray?