When it comes to my hair, I’m a bit of a nut. Just ask Vanessa. We’ve travelled together and even in the middle of nowhere with no one to impress, I’m straightening it, curling it, and just generally obsessed with how it looks.
It was no surprise (to her or anyone else I knew for that matter) when I decided to start using homemade hair products in a vain effort to save money.
Hairspray, gel, anti-frizz creams, shining elixirs, volumizing sprays; they all cost a small fortune.
On top of that, they are ripe with chemicals. Some of what you find in your products can be downright scary. For example Mineral Oil, a common ingredient is a derivative of crude oil. I don’t think you need much of an explanation to understand how bad that is for you.
Chlorine, isopropyl alcohol, and a whole slew of glycols are a few of the other common ingredients that we unknowingly spray on our head.
With that being said, I’m going to dish on some of my fave homemade hair products so you can stop spraying your hair with chemicals and still achieve fabulous tresses!
Sweet Sugar Spray
What make these homemade hair products even more awesome is how freakin’ easy they are to make! All you need to do is round up these ingredients:
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 2-4 drops of your favourite essential oil for an extra sweet scent.
- Fine mist spray bottle
Once you gather up your supplies, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Bring your water to just under a boil.
Step 2: Add in your sugar and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Pour your hairspray into the spray bottle and then add your essential oil of choice. Securely fasten the lid and shake to mix in the oil.
Depending on how strong you want the hold to be, you can play around with your water and sugar combination. I think you’ll be surprised at how great this holds your hair though.
Not one to use hairspray often? No worries. You can add a tablespoon of vodka to the mix and it will act as a preservative for you! Or a drink if you’re really hard up.
Coconut Styling Gel
This is probably the easiest homemade product yet. All you need to make your own texturized paste is one ingredient; coconut oil.
Smells good, is inexpensive and holds great. You can’t beat it. Find yourself some 100% Virgin Coconut Oil at your local market, health food store, or even online. Just use a little dab (you don’t want to grease your hair after all!) and rub it in your hands to make it malleable. Style your hair as you normally would with gel and then watch as it hardens nicely and holds your coif perfectly.
Coconut oil also acts as a great hair serum for dry, dull looking hair. If you want to add a little extra shine just rub a little coconut oil between your hands (no more than a dime size) and smooth over your hair. Simple, isn’t it!
Beer Battered Volume
- 1 ½ cups regular beer (do not use light)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
From there just mix all three ingredients together in a spray bottle and mist the roots of your hair with it. The yeast in beer will help create volume in flat lifeless hair and the lemon or lime juice will help mask the odor.
If smelling like a brewery isn’t for you, try spraying wet hair with regular coconut milk instead. A rinse isn’t required and once you blow dry and style your hair you will see added volume and thickness. I mean, does it get any better than this?
So ask yourself, why spend a small fortune on hazardous hair products ever again? These simple and cheap homemade hair products will do everything a store-bought product would but you won’t be damaging the environment or your head.
If you know of any other DIY hair tricks be sure to share them in the comment section below! Until next time, stay clean, stay green and enjoy your fabulous new hair products!