2 Ingredient Hair Spray!

My daughter had a ballet rehearsal last weekend and for the first time in years I realised we were going to need hair spray and probably quite a lot!

Reading ingredient lists and checking products against the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database didn’t really make pleasant reading. Substances that irritate the skin and lungs, organ toxicity and potential endocrine disruption are listed as possible side effects of exposure, not to mention the alcohol it contains which is flammable and can make your hair dry and brittle.

One of the most toxic hairsprays I noticed was L’Oreal’s Elnett, which received 8/10 for toxicity rating from the EWG (you can read the details here). This is the brand that both my grandmothers always had sat on their dressing tables and it would have been the one I would probably have turned to if I hadn’t known any better.

This got me researching alternatives and I am really happy to report that I found a super easy recipe that worked really well and with only 2 ingredients that I bet EVERYONE has in their home already! Hooray!!


  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 4 teaspoons sugar


  • Bring the water to the boil
  • Take off heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved
  • Leave to cool completely
  • Pour into a glass spray bottle

Note that because this contains water and no preservatives, it can be susceptible to bacteria. My advice is to make up only a small quantity at a time and store in the fridge for a longer shelf life.

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