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How to Make Hairspray from Sugar

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

That's right, you read the title correctly. This post is all about how to make hairspray from sugar. It's much easier than you might imagine. A while back I posted about my lemon hairspray which I use daily. Sometimes though I need a product that is going to give me a stronger hold and keep every last stray hair from popping out. The lemon hairspray is great for shaping but tends to be much lighter in strength.

DIY Sugar Hairspray

Sugar on the other hand is the perfect ingredient. With this sugar hairspray, you hair will be locked into place like prom night or your wedding day! Of course, you can adjust the sugar to water ratio to make it a lighter hold or even stronger, but start with these proportions and see what you think.

Sugar Hairspray


  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp. vodka

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil


1. Heat water to a boil.

2. Dissolve the sugar in the water.

3. Remove the mixture from heat and add vodka and essential oils.

4. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle. Done!

Messy bun with plastic free hair tie

If I'm being honest, the essential oil aren't totally necessary for the hairspray to work. Lavender essential oil does promote hair growth and strength though so is a good edition. Both oils mainly serve to add a nice aroma to an otherwise odorless mixture so they can be left out at your discretion.

To apply, have your hair ready to put up into a bun, braid, or curls as the hairspray will set in pretty quickly. It will though take a minute to dry so don't be surprised if it just feels a little wet at first.

Does it attract bees? As far as I can tell, no. I haven't yet had a problem with bugs or bees wanting to eat my hair. But that doesn't mean I'd put it on if you are a beekeeper...

Have you made your own hairspray at home?

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