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Close to Zero Homemade Lemon Hairspray

Can a girl live without hair products? I have been out of my favorite aerosol hairspray for months. It’s like a detox. I miss it but I know it wasn’t good for me. As a replacement I made lemon hairspray. My original inspiration was Bea Johnson’s recipe on her website, the Zero Waste Home. Then after talking it over with some people who had tried lemon hairspray before I got some great tips (if you end up reading this, you know who you are and I didn’t want to name drop!). Did you know that you can make hairspray from oranges too? Pretty cool. I might have to try that after I run out of the lemon hairspray.

I cut up a lemon and boiled it in 2 cups of water until it was only 1 cup. Then I added 1 teaspoon of vodka. The vodka was already in the house because I am going to make my own vanilla. I tried to find the most local, and cost-effective, brand. There was a bottle of BC made vodka but it was big bucks. I did find a reasonable brand from Alberta called Alberta Pure. I’m sure it will work great in the vanilla.

Remember to strain the lemons out before adding the vodka.When the liquid cooled I added it to my glass spray bottle. It is brand new but I plan to have it for many years.

I got the glass spray bottle at the Soap Dispensary http://thesoapdispensary.com/. They do have great stuff. My new hairspray will live in the fridge to keep it lasting longer. I figure it’s good for a few weeks. I tried it out on not freshly washed hair. It seemed to refresh it and give a little hold. Then I tried it after it was freshly washed. I used it before blow-drying and after. It seems to work really well on my wavy hair. It has a bit of hold but still left my hair soft.

A word of caution – if you consider making your own hairspray, remember that lemon juice has been known to lighten the hair. Don’t use it if you don’t want your hair to be lightened. It may not lighten it but it could and I don’t want you mad at me.

Now I only have two styling products for myself and a bottle of gel for the boys. My other product is a small bottle of Healthy Sexy Hair Moroccan Oil. I’m not sure what I will replace it with when it’s finished. I might not even feel the need to.

On Monday, I found a sneaky way to have hand soap in my kitchen without buying it or impacting the environment. My work added a “finished” bottle of hand soap into the recycling. There was a bit left so I snagged it for myself. Before I put it on the curb I emptied the last of it into my container with just a bit of warm water. This will save me from having to use my zero-waste dish soap to wash my dirty hands throughout the day.

Anyone have a DIY recipe for mousse? ha ha


We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. ~Donald Horban


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.



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