Last Thursday my husband and I went to a wedding. It was a super hot day, and although I hate using product in my hair, I wanted my hairstyle to stay perfect throughout the evening. So, I decided to make my own hairspray using essential oils and it was fantastic! No harmful chemicals. Pure, natural and gentle with just as great of holding power as the types of hairspray you could buy in the store. Not to mention, it was super easy to make, and it kept my hairstyle perfect all night!
I found the recipe on Pinterest. All you need is a spray bottle, water, sugar, sea salt, and the following essential oils: cedarwood, rosemary, and lavender. Those three essential oils have wonderful benefits for your hair. The great thing about this hairspray, besides not containing any harmful chemicals, is it provides a flexible hold and doesn’t make your hair super stiff or sticky.
“Hairspray is a cosmetic product designed to hold hair in place. There are many different brands and formulations available, each containing a different blend of ingredients. While more research is needed on the health effects of hairspray, certain ingredients have been linked to adverse health effects in some instances.
Hairspray contains a group of active ingredients — polymers and solvents — in addition to one or more propellants. It usually comes in a container with a pump or aerosol nozzle.
Polymers are responsible for hairspray’s glue-like effects, while solvents are used to dissolve the ingredients into a solution. Common polymers in hairspray include polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), vegetable gums and gum arabic, while alcohol and hydrocarbons make up the solvent portion. Other ingredients, such as propylene glycol, isobutane, propane and fragrance, may also be present.”
I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to use polymers on my hair, or any of the other ingredients listed above. Instead, in this recipe, the sugar and water provide the “glue-like effects” that you experience with polymers while the sea salt helps to give your hair texture. Instead of artificial fragrances, which are pure manufactured chemicals, the essential oils are all-natural. Not only are the oils great for your hair, but they smell amazing too! The other great thing about this recipe is you can customize how strong the hold is. By adding a little more sugar with some aloe vera gel, you can get a stronger hold.
“Cedarwood essential oil can stimulate the hair follicles and increase circulation to the scalp. This contributes to hair growth.
[It can also help] reduce a dry or flaky scalp. Cedarwood stimulates the scalp and increases circulation.”
“A recent study published in the International Journal of Biotechnology shows that rosemary had superior antibacterial and anti-inflammatory values compared to other herbs like oregano, spearmint, thyme, peppermint and basil. The antioxidants in rosemary essential oil help combat free radical damage that people today face at increased levels due to pollution and the usage of harsh chemical products. The rich levels of antioxidants in rosemary oil help prevent hair loss and contribute to faster hair growth.
One of the most important qualities of rosemary that make it great for hair growth is that it is a powerful stimulant, which when applied to the scalp induces blood circulation to the hair follicles. When the hair follicles are supplied with a greater amount of nutrient-rich blood, faster and healthier hair growth occurs.”
“Studies have shown that lavender oil possesses hair growth-promoting effects.
Lavender oil has antimicrobial properties, [and can help] soothe the scalp and heal dry skin and hair.”
Once you see how easy it is to make this recipe, you might never buy store-bought hairspray ever again!
If you enjoyed this recipe, definitely check out my Hydrating Hair Mask Recipe.
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