Also, not all that glitters is gold; many of the hair products that we find on the market are made based on chemicals that, although at the moment they may look good, over time, the damage and spoil our hair. Can you imagine a homemade, natural, and cheap product that helps you shape and fix your hair without damaging it? Well, it exists! and in the following article, we will teach you how to make homemade hairspray step by step so that, from today, you can make it yourself.
To start preparing the homemade lacquer, we will have to boil half a cup of water in a pot or small saucepan. It is essential that the water is of quality, so you should prefer to use bottled or decalcified water instead of the tap. Bearing in mind that the amount of water you have to boil is not very large, you should keep an eye on the fire so that it does not evaporate, and you have to add more liquid.
Once the water begins to boil, remove the saucepan from the heat. Next, add two teaspoons of sugar – preferably brown sugar – and stir gently until the sugar is completely dissolved in the liquid. For the homemade hairspray to grip more, you can use more sugar, but we do not recommend exceeding four teaspoons because even if it sets the hair more, it will also make it dirtier, and it will look worse.
Once the sugar has dissolved and not a grain remains, allow the liquid to cool for 3-4 minutes. It should be warm, neither cold nor hot. For this, you can check its temperature with a teaspoon.
At this point, you have two options:
- Use alcohol to make the hairspray.
- Leave the mixture as it is.
Alcohol does not provide any extra quality in terms of grip or power of the lacquer. It is simply an element that lengthens its use and expiration time. Being completely natural and not using preservatives, if you don’t add alcohol, the hairspray will expire much sooner.
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If you simply intend to use it once, it is not necessary to add it, while if you intend to give it a more intensive use, it is recommended that you use alcohol for the mixture. On the other hand, this chemical will provide it with a consistency that will facilitate its passage through the spray.
If you are not going to add alcohol, you have to pour the homemade hairspray into a container with a spray diffuser. In any drugstore or supermarket, you will find containers of this type, anyway, surely in your house, you have some that you can reuse.
If, after a few weeks of using the homemade hairspray, you notice that the water begins to darken or become cloudy, you should throw it in. This results from the fermentation of the sugar, which is to be avoided by adding alcohol. Here we explain how to make homemade hairspray using alcohol.
To add alcohol to sugar water, the water must be warm. If you add it when it is too hot or, on the contrary, you pour it once it is too cold, its action will be less, and the mixture will become more easily cloudy.
The amount that you should add is two teaspoons, stirring it well so that it is a very homogeneous mixture. The type of alcohol that we recommend for homemade hairspray is 91% isopropyl, whose properties are better for this product.
Another benefit of adding alcohol is that, especially in summer, it gives your hairstyle a freshness that is to be appreciated.
Once you know how to make homemade hairspray, you may perform this operation as many times as you like or when you need an extra hold for your hairstyle. But how is this lacquer used? The procedure to follow is straightforward.
- If you are going to style your hair using an iron or dryer, first spray your hair with a thin layer of hairspray, style it to your liking and respray it once the hair is dry to finish setting it.
- If you want to comb it dry, spray your hair with a coat of homemade hairspray once you have the desired hairstyle. Don’t overdo it. Think that it is water-based, so if your hair gets too wet, you will lose your hairstyle.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff