I do believe I’m about to post one of the best and easiest natural beauty remedies I’ve ever done. Since going no ‘poo, I’ve been experimenting more than ever with natural and homemade beauty products, slowly finding replacements for the chemical-laden stuff most of us use every day. One thing that has always befuddled me is hairspray. It’s very hard to find a “natural” hairspray. Even the best often have less than desirable ingredients, and when they contain the minimal amount, lo and behold (or no hold) they don’t often work. Ever wonder why there haven’t really been any hairspray reviews here? I’ve tried untold numbers and only one or two worked well enough to write about.
So now you’re wondering what the big hairspray secret concoction is, right? This is about the simplest remedy I’ve found. Are you ready? Sugar water. Plain, simple sugar water. I’m not kidding. I’d seen this remedy on other sites and in books on natural beauty, but I overlooked it. Water flattens and/or frizzes up hair, right? Well, I’ve discovered there are a few simple tricks to get this to work. First of all, you need to find the right concentration for your hair. I heat 1/2 cup water to boiling or almost boiling, turn off the heat, and add 2 tsp. sugar and stir. When it’s cool, I pour it in a little spray bottle I have that is a very fine mist (big trick #2). The fine mist doesn’t soak my hair and undo the style. When I use it, I spray a fine mist over my hair, let it dry for about 30 seconds, and add more if I need it. (That’s trick #3.) As long as I wait for it to dry between applications, I can keep misting that sugar water on until I get a good hold.
Now, if you make this up and it’s too stiff or not stiff enough, it’s so cheap and easy you can dump it and start again. You can go anywhere from light hold to ’80s Flock of Seagulls if you so choose. I like to add a couple of drops of rosemary oil and lavender oil to it as well, just for a little scent.
Oh, and another bonus? The sugar water actually adds a little extra shine to the hair. Sure, if it rains you’ll melt away, but what hairspray withstands the rain anyway? Besides, since it’s water-soluble you don’t have to worry about hairspray buildup on your hair. Or your counters or your expensive ceramic tile. Contrary to what you might think, this mixture isn’t stiff (unless you add lots of sugar) and it isn’t sticky feeling.
This honestly is the very best hairspray, store-bought or otherwise, I’ve ever tried. If it wasn’t so simple I’d bottle it up and sell it at exorbitant prices. But hey, I like to share. So if you try this (and I sincerely hope you will), please let me know what you think. And be sure to use the two tricks I mentioned. I really think those are the key to making this remedy work: 1) Find the right concentration for you; 2) Use a very fine misting bottle; 3) Use a light misting and wait for it to dry 20 – 30 seconds between applications.
This stuff holds all day for me, and I’ve got thick and unruly hair in general. If you have another hair type and you try it, let me know what you discovered. I’d love to find out if it works for fine or ethnic hair, for example. And don’t forget to email me your no ‘poo experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to put something together for us to all learn from.