How to make hairspray with only 2 ingredients

This recipe is ridiculously easy, and yet super effective! One of my Instagram followers once told me punks in the 80ies used this homemade hairspray to style their mohawks! And judging by how hubby’s hair doesn’t move even a bit in the stormiest weather I have no doubts punks used to love this simple fix.

But fear not – you don’t HAVE to make your hairspray THAT over the top effective. That’s the beauty of making your own products. You can customize them to fit your very individual needs.

I found the recipe on this German blog called langsamer leben. It is a very useful blog that, unfortunately, came to its natural end.

Sooooo…. This is HUGE for me! I made a video! And boy, did I made every imaginable rookie mistake out there! Yup, no man, eh, mistake left behind!

YouTube is a rough place, and English is a foreign language I had to learn in school, so please be kind to me 😝! I have added subtitles just in case (both German and English ones). All you have to do is click on the “CC” button at the bottom right corner of the player to turn them on.

Even though filming and video editing proved to be really difficult and time-consuming, I did have a lot of fun 😊! I intend to keep making videos 😁! So if you like my content, please do consider subscribing 😊!


Homemade hairspray | zero waste, vegan, DIY, all-natural, toxin-free


100 ml water, boiled and slightly cooled down
1-3 tablespoons (~ 15-45 g) sugar (2 tablespoon for a firm to strong hold, 3 tablespoons for a super strong hold)
2-3 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)

You will also need

Funnel or fine-motor skills
1 spray bottle (we bought ours in the pharmacy)

Dissolve sugar in water, add essential oil. It does not contain any preservatives, so it is best to keep it refrigerated.

I am not too sure how I will incorporate German in my videos though. I might just stick with German subtitles like now, but I will give bilingual videos a try too. Or I might spread in some German videos with English subtitles.

So please let me know: What would you prefer? Do you think it’s awkward if I switched languages every other sentence? Do you mind watching a (short) non-English youtube video with English subtitles?

Filed under Bathroom, Toiletries


  1. Loved it! English is excellent; watching from USA, so…. don’t know if I can judge as I’m used to my different accents. Love love Wasteland Rebel. Big, big fan so please make more videos in English or German. Will watch either.

    • Aww, thanks so much <3! I do intend to keep making videos and to share my zero waste experiences and recipes in what I feel is a more personal way :). It's nice, I feel like I'm inviting you all into my home <3

  2. This is a great idea and a totally charming video! I’m still using up my drugstore hairspray, but have already set aside a spray bottle to try out your recipe. Can’t wait!

    • Good thing you already set aside the spray bottle (hope you have a funnel though lol). Just today I made hubby buy another spray bottle ;). I have been using a homemade facial toner and it has passed the test so it needs a new home, and a big fat jar just isn’t very handy XD. Do let me know how you like the hairspray then :)!

      • Hey Shia! I made my hairspray too sticky, but it definitely works. Will dilute and continue to experiment.

        You were right; funnels are are important. ^__^

        • Ahaha, yeah it can sometimes be over the top effective XD. We also started with 3 tbsp of sugar but that was just too much for me (hubby likes it better with that amount of sugar though). That’s what’s cool about making your own products in my opinion: you can customize them to fit your individual need, right :)?

  3. Love it. My father always told me that he used to use sugarwater for his hairstyle back in the sixties… Back to the roots! 🙂

    • Really? That’s so cool! Yup, we can learn a lot about a simpler, pretty much waste-free lifestyle and homemade products from older generations :)!!

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  5. Thanks to your idea, I had a reference in making my research experiment which was eco-friendly hairspray. Love it! I’m actually going to make my own hairspray. Thank you so much…

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