Styling and hair care products may help us to maintain a beautiful hairstyle throughout the day; however the harsh chemicals they contain are bad for our health, our hair and our environment. In your efforts to be more environmentally and health conscious, you may have come to believe that you can no longer indulge in products such as hairspray, but now you can. Making a natural hairspray at home is fast, easy and 100-percent Earth friendly.
Things You'll Need
Squeeze the juice from one whole orange into a sauce pan. Add one and a half cups of water and bring to a boil, reducing heat to maintain a simmer. Orange will help hold your hair in place and will also add a pleasant aroma to your natural hairspray.
Add 2 tbsp. of flax seeds to the simmering water and allow them to cook for 15 minutes. When complete, the liquid should be slightly sticky and gel-like. The flaxseed liquid is the key holding agent of your hairspray. It will not flake or overly stiffen your hair but will allow it to keep its style with a natural appearance.
Allow the liquid to cool and strain the flax seeds, pouring the liquid into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add 2 tbsp. of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of glycerin to the bottle. Both aloe vera and glycerin are natural moisturizers that will help soften and protect your hair. Glycerin is also a natural fixative that will increase the shelf life of your natural hairspray.
Shake the bottle well before each use. To increase the life of your hairspray, store the bottle in the refrigerator. If the water begins to evaporate and the hairspray becomes too thick, simply add a bit of water, shaking well.