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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (not sugar-free…it won’t be sticky) or white sugar
- 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 8 drops essential oil of choice
- Bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
- Add maple syrup and stir until it melts.
- Add alcohol and oil. Stir. Don’t sniff unless you need to get rid of some long nose hairs.
- Let cool completely.
- Pour into a spray bottle.
Yield: about 4 ounces of hairspray
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