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Lavender & Rosemary Homemade Hair Spray



You probably know that those bouffant hairstyles in the 60s, believed to have risen during the mid-to-late 18th century in western Europe, required a full can of hairspray! In fact, that hairstyle may have been created for Marie Antoinette due to her thin hair and her desire to thicken the hair.

Even though the bouffant, made popular by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy a few decades ago, has faded, the use of hairspray still exisst to help set the hair and prevent fly away hair. Though some improvements have been made, in particular, going from aerosol cans to pump bottles in most cases, the toxins are still there in most store-bought versions.

But with this homemade hair spray recipe, you can eliminate those toxins and have beautiful and healthy hair. It’s not only easy and fast to make, but also very cost-effective and may help prevent hair loss! Try it today.

Let’s start by boiling the water. Once it comes to a boil, dissolve the sugar by adding it to the water and stirring. The more sugar you use, the stiffer the hold; however, if you use too much, you may find a sticky residue, so start with smaller amounts and adjust as needed.

Now, add the vodka to the pan. If you prefer, you can make this recipe without alcohol; however, the alcohol acts as a preservative.


Allow the mixture to cool, then add the essential oils. You can choose your favorite scents, but I love using lavender and rosemary essential oils. Both help with hair loss, so it makes sense that these ingredients would be perfect for your homemade hairspray.

Furthermore, lavender can give you a sense of relaxation, while rosemary is known as one of the best oils for enhancing hair growth, as well as thickening the hair. Rosemary oil is also believed to increase cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth. Another benefit is that it can provide an increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing.

Once cool, place the mixture in a spray bottle and store in a cool place. Shake before each use.

Like any product, make sure to avoid spraying in the eyes or the mouth.

Lavender & Rosemary Homemade Hair Spray

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 30


  • 1 cup filtered or purified water
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Glass spray bottle or BPA free plastic dispenser bottles


  1. Boil the water.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the boiled water. Stir.
  3. Add the vodka. Blend again.
  4. Allow mixture to cool, then add the essential oils.
  5. Blend well.
  6. Place mixture in a spray bottle and store in a cool place. Shake before each use.

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  1. AH on

    This hair spray is amazing! I was so glad to try it because my daughter needs hair spray for some of her activities and the store bought ones are full of chemicals.
    This hair spray works super well and I could not be more pleased! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. D on

    I’m Sorry I meant can overdoing essential oils irritate scalp and cause hair loss? Reason I ask is cause I put a whole lot of diff essential oils and more then 30drops each and now my hair scalp is irritated…

    • Katie on

      Did you apply the Essential Oils to your scalp “neat?” Using EOs “neat” means that you applied them without blending in a carrier oil first. Carrier oils (such as Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, etc.) are used as a base oil, which help to “carry” the EO onto your skin.

      Most EOs can be very harsh and will cause irritation and redness if applied topically to your body “neat” or undiluted. “Hot” EOs, such as Oregano, Cinnamon and Peppermint give off a warming sensation of heat when applied to the skin, even when blended with a carrier oil. You need to be extra careful with these types of EOs, paying special attention to keep within the ranges of the suggested dillution rates.

      Some people believe that the gentler EOs, like Lavender and Tea Tree oils, are safe to be applied “neat,” however, there are some professionals who feel that applying any undiluted EO directly to your body can be potentially hazardous. This perception is mostly based on the rare possibility that you can develop a permanent sensitization to any EO, just by applying one undiluted drop of that oil…like I said, this is rare, but it does happen.

      FYI, “30 drops each” of EOs applied directly to your scalp, even if combined with a carrier oil, is way too much! Dilution rates for typical skincare oils is 2.5%-5%, which equates to 30 drops of essential oils blended with 1 ounce of carrier oils. A 1 ounce bottle of blended oils should be more than enough to last for many skincare applications. Rule of Thumb: Less is more when it comes to Essential Oils!

      Diluting EOs does not take away from their effectiveness at all, in fact, it can actually assist the oils with absorption into your skin, as well as decrease the likelihood of a negative reaction. Dilution allows your Essential Oils to last much longer, which best of all, saves you money!

  3. Wendy on

    Thanks for this great recipe! Have you ever posted one for flaxseed gel? I have tried it and love it (I have really curly, frizzy hair and it works wonders), but am concerned because of some people say even with a heavy duty preservative and storing it in the fridge, it still might get mouldy and you might not even know it. Yes, I know, paranoid much? What are your thoughts on this? Thanks so much for all of the wonderful work you do and the helpful information you share!

  4. Rod on

    Why do U state cane sugar in the ingredients, then say in the comments that it is not good and recommend honey, dates, or stevia?? Which is it??

  5. Rena on

    This hairspray didn’t work for me. I sprayed it on hair that I had just finished curling with a curling iron, and within minutes the curls fell out from the moisture in the spray. It was basically like spraying water on heat-styled hair. I’m not sure what the purpose of this hairspray is for. I did modify the recipe, replacing the vodka with rubbing alcohol, and using only lavender because I had no rosemary oil.

  6. Connie on

    I love this homemade hairspray recipe. Do you happen to know a recipe for a homemade facial mist for acne prone skin?

  7. janet newbill on

    Sorry I should have finished reading the comments before the question about the alcohol. …..but im so glad you posted this because I use hair spray. Thank you. Thanks for all your post you have lots of good healthy things I like.

  8. Lizette on

    Cane sugar vs regular white sugar – any difference? Not consuming rather using for a hair product so I wasn’t sure if it really mattered what type of sugar it was.

  9. Eileen on

    I see you’ve said we can substitute clary sage or bergamot instead of the lavender-could i use orange, lemon or grapefruit instead? Im very fond of citrus/fruity scents but dont want/need a bad reaction to my color treated hair! Thank you!

  10. Tammy on

    Was wondering if you could use something like a parrot bay rum or Malibu rum in place of the vodka? Thought it would give the hairspray a nice smell.

  11. Linda on

    Which essential oils are color safe that can be used as a option to the Lavender? BTW, I love all that you’ve shared and your honesty & integrity! Continued blessings!

  12. STephanie Williams on

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this! Is the essential oil “essential” or is just for fragrance? Thanks so much!!!

  13. Sandy on

    I’ve seen several recipes for natural hairspray, and they all contain sugar. Looks to me like this would attract flying insects. Any thoughts?

  14. clara on

    What I wanted to tell you is that I enjoy your facebook page very much. I think you can be another Dr.Oz whom I adore very much. So keep up your good work and don’t change a thing. I do adore you too!!! I really appreciate your posts. God Bless you FOREVER!!!!

  15. Pamela on

    I am definitely going to try this! I don’t use hairspray often – only on special occasions- but when I do I have a reaction that leaves me with an itchy scalp. Thank you for all of our grist natural recipes!


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