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Homemade Hairspray

Homemade Hairspray

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This is one of those things I had on my, “I’m gonna do one day” list. Do you have one of those? There are lots of things on there that are like Pie in The Sky to me. I add them to the list to make me feel better. So when another mom says, “Yeah, I make my own yadda yadda every week.” Instead of feeling downcast, I can pop right up and say, “YEAH! I’ve got that on my list too.” Makes me seem more important and stuff.

Life gets in the way – dogs poop in the basement – kids get sick – I spend all my time on Pinterest instead of making stuff from scratch…I pin it, but then I’m too busy pinning to GET BUSY. Does that happen to anyone else? *Cough*

But I finally got around to making my own hairspray. I never thought I would forsake John Freida – poor feller. He was my total fave….I still really like him, but now I’ve got a cheaper thing going on. Dear John – I’ll be using you less…you’re for super special occasions now. Sorry, but I’m sure you understand. I like my cash…and Mama says I’m tighter than Dick’s hatband.

Homemade Hairspray

I’d like to tell you where I found this recipe…but I can’t. It’s from a magazine and the page is ripped out. It was ripped so that there isn’t a page number or name of the magazine on the bottom either. Oops. So, this idea is originally from The Magazine. Proper credit given.

But, of course I had to Stacyify this one too…because well, I don’t have any white sugar in the house and that’s what this recipe calls for. Because sugar, once it’s wet and then dries makes things kinda hard and sticky…kinda like when someone spills a Dr. Pepper all over the floor and it doesn’t get wiped off – that’s worse than a pond of quick sand. “Help! I can’t get out!”

So, what’s sticky like white sugar? Well, I racked my brain for a bit…it’s not stevia like we’ve been using. And then I had a lightbulb moment – we still use maple syrup for the kids. And let me tell you something. IT’S STICKY. And Annie always gets it all over herself, the table, and the floor. So, I’m convinced it’s even stickier than white sugar. Bingo.

Homemade Hairspray

You can use whatever scent of oil you want to make this smell all pretty. I chose Sweet Orange because I like the smell of oranges. I like eucalyptus too, but I didn’t want it sprayed all over my head. But really, what does everyone want to smell like anyway? Yep, you got it. BACON. I don’t have any bacon essential oil though…and if my hair smelled like bacon, I’d probably attract every man and dog in a 5-10 mile radius every time I left the house. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Yes, I used Aura Cacia. Along with Beeyoutiful oils, it’s my oil of choice. No, it’s not the most expensive. But after some testing done by a third party and my friend, Lea, I’m not convinced that it’s worth selling my birthright to get oils. But, I don’t want to go into that here…because some of y’all are pretty passionate about it.

Homemade Hairspray

All you do is mix all this stuff together with some boiling water and then let it cool down. That’s it. It seemed too easy…but at this point in life, I need “too easy.” Can I get a witness?! I have things to pin to add to The List, ya know.

Let me give you a little tip here. Don’t take a big sniff of this while it’s hot. Wanna know why? It might burn your nose hairs out and make your eyes water. Or so I’ve heard from OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough* This stuff is STRONG. But we need strong for our hair don’t we, ladies? Just don’t sniff it. This has been a Public Service Announcement.

Homemade Hairspray

I poured mine into an empty spray bottle…yes, I keep them. I have a thing for spray bottles, so empty ones always get kept. They’re excellent for occupying small children outside. “Here’s a spray bottle! Now go play outside…”

I was using this spray from Vitacost, but I didn’t really like it. The scent was weird. I used it on Annie when I made her pigtails…but she didn’t really like it either. She doesn’t complain about this one though…that’s a miracle.

The recipe says you might have to use a few applications to get it strong enough for your liking. I’ve found that two is good enough for me. Spray, let dry. Spray again.

I was skeptical, but it really works…and it’s cheap. And it works. The only thing that could make it better was if it was bacon scented – but really, we’ve already gone there. Dogs. Men, etc.

Embrace your frugalness and make this today.

*This post is linked at Homemade Mondays at Being Frugal By Choice, at Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success, at Better Mom Mondays at The Better Mom, at Mouthwatering Monday at A Southern Fairy Tale, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Barn Hop at Homestead Revival, and at Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes, at Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings, at Hearth & Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, at Show Me What You Got at Our Delightful Home, at Teach Me Tuesday at Growing Home, at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts, at Wonderful Wednesdays at Ducks in a Row, at Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, at Make Bake Create at Hope in Every Season, at Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, at Show and Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Arrows, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Authentic Simplicity, at Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, at Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bellaroos, at Thank Your Body Thursday at Thank Your Body, at Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for My Boys, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity, at The Project Stash at Seven Alive, at Thrive at Home Thursday at Live Called, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at Let’s Get Real Link Party at 365ish Pins, at The Weekend Re-Treat at The Best Blog Recipes, at Family Fun Friday at Happy & Blessed Home, at Creative Connection at Chase the Star, at Crafty Friday at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, at Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush, at Foodtastic Friday at Not Your Ordinary Recipes, at Pin Junkie Link Party at The Pin Junkie, at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, at Freedom Fridays at My Turn For Us, and at Fellowship Friday at Christian Mommy Blogger, at Pity Party at Thirty Handmade Days, at Your Great Idea Link Party at Or So She Says, at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time, at Share Your Creativity at It’s Overflowing, at Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal, at Super Saturday Link Party at Made From Pinterest, at Let’s Be Friends Link Party at Serenity You, at Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. RealitySuxx says:

    LOVE IT..LOVE the recipe – and LOVE your sense of humor!! You have been FLAGGED, BOOKMARKED, PINNED and PRINTED!! LOL

  2. Thanks for the recipe! And I LOVE the way you write – makes me feel like I was writing it! And it makes me LOL! thank you!

  3. Fabulous! Thank you so much. I will definitely be trying this, Stacy. :)

  4. Hah, brings me back to the mid-eighties…my teens – we used egg whites and something like this to get that big hair!

    Can I also say, as a Canadian, I’m totally offended at the thought of sugar-free maple syrup. That can’t be a real thing 😉

  5. Stacy, Can I just tell you, YOU make me smile.(actually I really did LOL) I have no clue if I’ll ever make my own hairspray. (I’m really vain, there I said it.) But if’n I do, I’ll use this recipe. (Did I just say if’n in the same sentence where I claimed to be vain, maybe there’s hope for me yet!, I doubt it!) Anyways, I’m so thankful I found your blog and you. Have a blessed day. <3 Kim

  6. Kathleen Drury-Larocque says:

    This is AWESOME Thank You so much for sharing! I will be making this one next week!! Thanks again!

  7. You are totally amazing. Thanks for sharing this, another trick I can add to my bag.

  8. I ALWAYS have sugar in my house – for kombucha. Organic cane sugar is its favourite! It told me. :)

  9. justalocalreader says:

    You must not have blackflies or bugs to zap around your head wherever you live? I would think smelling like sweet food would attract bugs?

  10. As always I’m cracking up. Too funny, and I have some maple syrup that is past it’s eating prime from 2 seasons ago, but I can’t bring myself to throw it out. I tried making this with sugar once before, but now I’ll need to try it with the Maple syrup, I might like it better. Oh and thank you for the links about essential oils, I’ve been doing a lot more research and was happy to read the article.

  11. Oooooohhhhh!!! Yes! I was gonna make homemade hair gel for the hubs but felt left out since I don’t use gel- but now I can DIY us both some hair sticky! I would use orange too…unless I could splurge on some sandalwood- it makes me feel all warm and cozy.

  12. Okay, if this really works well, I owe you for life. I have two daughters and we all have very long hair and wear a lot of up-do’s. And use A LOT of hairspray. Like, I might save enough money in a year to buy a car. For real. (Now I’m stalking your blog because I see that besides your crockpot obsession, you also homeschool :)

  13. I’ve got one of those lists too. I keep adding to it, also. I like this idea! I’m a homemade girl for sure. Whether or not I get to all those items on the list is still to be determined. Yep…I’m adding this one to the list.

  14. I LOVE your blog! So glad you linked up raising arrows, so I could find you! I’m the one right after you there. I am definitely going to add this to “my list”, and hopefully, one day I’ll actually get to it!!!! God’s peace and blessings to you, Cheryl

  15. Terri Ingraham says:

    As soon as I saw maple syrup I knew I would have to try this! We don’t have refined sugar in our home either. Can’t wait to do this–thanks for sharing!

  16. Nicole Burkholder says:

    OK, this has me going, “whaaaa….?” with a slightly cynical eyebrow raised :) I HAVE to try this for myself. Pinning for later! (and yes, I will get to it- I only pin things I will actually try) Usually. :) Thanks for linking to Let’s Get Real!

  17. Stephanie says:

    how did I miss, this one, it is from this Sept???? I always read your posts, shame!
    Gonna try this right away and send my 20 month old outside with a spray bottle, you are so funny, belly laughing here sister!

  18. will i be attacked by ants. i really don’t like ants and don’t want awake to a bed full of them.

  19. Jeanne L. Finn Timpson says:

    You funny!! : D

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