Whether you’re trying to simplify your hair products or dealing with scalp irritation, making your own natural hair spray has a lot of benefits. My healthy hair spray recipe includes ingredients that reduce scalp inflammation, encourage hair growth, and balance the oil-producing glands in your scalp.
Keep reading to get my natural hair spray recipe and learn how it can benefit your hair!
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How This Healthy Hair Spray Works
You may not know this about me (or, honestly, care), but I only wash my hair once or twice a week.
There are a lot of reasons why I limit my hair-washing, but the biggest one is time. I have a lot of hair, and washing, air drying, and blow drying it takes up quite a bit of time.
For a while, I was using dry shampoo to freshen up in between washes. But the store-bought stuff was actually making my hair greasier, and the homemade stuff was too messy to use in reality.
After some searching and experimenting, I’ve found a DIY hair spray recipe that works for me.
I use it to freshen my hair, prevent greasiness, and add volume and texture. It’s not a hair spray that will help “hold” your hairstyle, but its ingredients do strengthen hair and promote growth.
DIY Hair Spray Ingredients
This homemade hairspray contains only natural, nontoxic ingredients. They won’t cause buildup like the parabens and sulfates in many conventional hair products. And you can rest easy knowing that you’re not using any chemicals that could be absorbed through your scalp.
That’s the beauty of clean beauty products!
Witch hazel comes from the extract of the leaves and bark of the flowering shrub of the same name. In my opinion, it’s the juggernaut of the natural beauty world. It has so many different uses for skin and wounds, but today I’m going to focus on its benefits for your hair and scalp.
Witch hazel reduces itchiness and inflammation, and it can be used to address dandruff and an oily scalp. It is an effective cleansing tool for buildup on the scalp. Some people also believe that witch hazel may prevent hair loss.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil promotes hair growth, making hair grow both thicker and faster than normal (1). Its antimicrobial properties also make lavender useful for dealing with dandruff and an itchy scalp. It can help reduce scalp inflammation and may even prevent lice (2).
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil has been known to increase both hair growth and thickness because of its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to increase circulation.. Anecdotally, many postpartum women will add rosemary essential oil to their shampoo to prevent hair loss.
Related: Why to Go Nontoxic During Pregnancy
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood oil can be used to balance the oil-producing glands in your scalp. This can improve hair growth and prevent hair loss. And, like lavender oil, cedarwood oil has antibacterial properties, making it perfect to treat dandruff and itchiness.
Glass Spray Bottle
When making your own beauty products with essential oils, stay away from plastic containers. Essential oils can degrade the plastic and introduce the toxic materials that you were trying to stay away from to your beauty products.
I recommend using a 4-ounce glass or stainless steel spray bottle for your natural hair spray. I personally prefer this glass bottle because it’s easier to see when the spray is getting low and I need to make more!
Healthy Hair Spray Recipe
This recipe takes about 2 minutes to make and smells so good you’ll want to use it right away.
- 4-oz spray bottle
- 25 drops each – lavender, rosemary, and cedarwood essential oils
- 5 tablespoons witch hazel
- ~3.5 oz of water
- Add the essential oils and witch hazel to the spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, screw on the cap, and shake to mix.
- This spray can be used on damp or dry hair. Spritz throughout and comb through for shiny, healthy hair. Spray directly onto your scalp to help with dry or irritated skin.
I hope you love this healthy hair spray recipe as much as I do. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!