Warning: Phthalates in hairsprays have been linked to increased risk for breast cancer in women.

Thankfully, there are simple recipes that you can use to make natural, phthalate-free hairsprays. The primary function of hairspray is to hold our hair in place, however, these natural solutions also offer a range of other benefits. Check out these five very easy to make homemade hairspray recipes that you can enjoy this summer and even impress friends!

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1. Sea Salt Spray for the Summer Beach Party

This sea salt spray helps add volume to your hair due to the Epsom salt and sea salt, which creates texture, while the aloe vera and coconut oil act as moisturizers. Coconut oil is widely known for its superior moisturizing effects and if you are worried about the smell of coconut oil lingering in your hair, use pure virgin coconut oil instead of refined coconut oil, as the former does not have the strong aroma that most refined coconut oil has.

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 tsp Epsom salt
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
5 drops essential oil, optional

Directions: 

1. Heat water on medium heat but not to boiling
2. Add sea salt and epsom salt until dissolved
3. Add coconut oil and stir until completely melted
4. Add aloe vera gel
5. Add essential oils if you prefer and stir well
6. Pour in a spray bottle for convenient use

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2. Rosemary Coconut Hairspray

If you are suffering from dry and damaged hair, you can create this simple concoction of rosemary and coconut that can help keep hair in place and moisturized.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp coconut oil
3-4 drops rosemary essential oil
2 cups distilled water

Directions:

1. Melt coconut oil
2. Add distilled water and essential oil
3. Mix well and add into spray bottle

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3. Marshmallow Root Detangler

Marshmallow root has been used for centuries to deal with irritations internally and externally. If you regularly find yourself dealing with tangled hair, why not try this everyday use hairspray?

Ingredients: 

1.5 cups distilled water
3 Tbsp marshmallow root
2 Tbsp conditioner of choice (use organic)
10+ drops essential oil of choice

Directions: 

1. Boil water and marshmallow root in a small pan
2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes
3. Let cool slightly and then strain using a cheesecloth or strainer
4. While still warm, pour into bottle with conditioner and essential oils

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4. Strong Hold Homemade Hairspray

This is what hairsprays are known for – to hold hair in place – and here is a cheap, effective and healthy way to make your own strong hold hairspray. Sugar is one of the main ingredients here that provides the strong hold without any sticky residue. You might be wondering, “wouldn’t that attract insects?” We can assure you that by adding lavender and rosemary oil, it can ward off the pests as they are known to be natural insect repellents.

Ingredients:

1 cup filtered water
4 teaspoons sugar (depending how strong you want it to be)
2 drops geranium*
2 drops lavender*
2 drops peppermint*
2 drops rosemary*
*Essential oils are optional but good to have

Directions: 

1. Heat water in a small saucepan to boiling
2. Add sugar and stir to dissolve
3. Let cool and then add essential oils
4. Pour into spray bottle
5. Use quickly and store in the fridge for a longer lasting spray. Do not keep long outside as there will be bacteria growth.

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5. Smooth and Shine Hairspray

Try out this recipe with aloe vera and glycerin that can give your hair an enviable healthy and shiny look.

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
2 Tbsp rose water
2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

Directions: 

1. Combine all ingredients together
2. Pour into spray bottle and shake well to incorporate