How To Make DIY Hairspray with lemons or oranges



As I promised:

following is my do it yourself (DIY) hairspray.  No, it’s not commercial hairspray that is full of bad stuff for your hair and it wont hold a Mack truck in place.  It is an alternative spray. I love it.  I use the lemons in my recipe as I have grey hair, if you have dark hair use oranges. There are many recipes on the internet for DIY hairspray. I found this one on This site has many wonderful recipes you can make and I have found their recipes are reliable and their information is accurate.

Recipe for Hairspray from

You will need:

1 orange for dark hair or lemon for light hair(organic if possible)

2 cups distilled or filtered water

2-3 tablespoons of high-proof vodka or a clear gain alcohol(the first time I went to the ABC Store I almost crawled in and out of the store, I had never been in an ABC Store. I felt as if everyone in my community was watching me)  🙂 🙂

6-8 drops of lavender essential oil(100% essential not fragrance oils) I do use the any oils in my spray as I have multiple chemical sensitivity and any highly scented product will induce an asthma attack. THIS IS OPTIONAL


1.  cut orange or lemon into wedges, combine with the 2 cups of water in a small pot. Boil over medium high heat until liquid is reduced by half. I suggest not leaving the room as it will reduce in a short period. (ask me how I know not to the leave the room!)

2.  Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a measuring cup. I lay my cheesecloth in a fine strainer over the measuring cup to make sure all the pulp is strained out, as it will clog your mister bottle.  (a good quality cheesecloth does a wonderful job of straining out pulp, a poor quality not so much) I order my cheesecloth from  If you boiled too much liquid out add water until you have 1 cup of liquid. Allow to cool.

3.  Combine alcohol and oils if you used them in a small bowl, swirl to mix, add to cup of citrus juice. The oils are optional. If you do not use oils, add alcohol to citrus juice at this point.

4.  Using a funnel pour into a fine mister spray bottle, shake well before each use.  I store my spray in the refrigerator, this seems to prolong the life of spray.

This spray will not freeze a hair style as a firm hold commercial brand will;  it is a flexible hold spray.  Before I developed chemical sensitivity I used a firm hold and fogged the room as I sprayed my hair, it smelled awful.  After using this spray, I like this much better.  It does take some getting used to and quite frankly my hair feels slightly wet  after I spray my hair, but as the spray drys it holds my hair. I can’t remember how my hair felt after mega spraying with a commercial spray, I think it felt wet with the commercial spray.   I can’t say how it will work on a curled and set do, I have straight hair. Still give it a try, you have little too loose, it costs so little to make.

So don’t throw away your lemons or oranges, make some hair spray instead. If you don’t want to make hair spray, make a scented pot of oranges, lemons to deodorized your house. I will post a recipe for this shortly, it is more healthy for your lungs.

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