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. 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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  3. 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?

  4. STephanie Williams on

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  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. 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.

  10. Connie on

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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??


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