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Clean hairspray/gel alternatives?

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Hello all,

As a part of my efforts to save heat this winter I've gone from buzzing my hair to letting it grow long for warmth.

This is great and all, but now it's starting to run wild.

What can I use to tame my luscious locks without wearing a chemistry set on my head?
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Hi! Smart move! I can honestly not remember where I got this recipe, but it's simple, and the oil can be switched out for almost any lightweight oil you can find, locally:
Marshmallow leave in conditioner & detangler
1 ¼ cup water
¼ cup dried marshmallow root
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ tbsp macadamia or jojoba oil
Combine the marshmallow root and water in a small pot and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 to thirty minutes. This “activates” the mucilage. Remove the pot from the stove and let the mixture cool. Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid. Add the apple cider vinegar and oil. Store the mixture into a spray bottle and use as needed! Be sure to shake the mixture before spraying it on your hair. 
If you’re looking for an even simpler recipe, stop after step two. Then use the mixture as a hair rinse in the shower.

Or this one for leave in conditioner, from Katie Vance:
yield 4 ounces

This easy DIY leave in conditioner spray can also be used as a detangler for hair. Simply spray on dry or wet hair and comb through. Simple as that!

2 ounces aloe vera gel
1 ounce helichrysum hydrosol
1 ounce Roman chamomile hydrosol

Place 4-ounce spray bottle on digital kitchen scale.Carefully measure in aloe vera gel, helichrysum hydrosol, and Roman chamomile hydrosol.Cap and shake well to combine.Finally, store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.To UseAfter washing hair, spray leave in conditioner on wet hair.Comb through and leave in.(If this recipe is too large for you, you can always reduce it by half.) Recipe by DIY Natural at https://www.diynatural.com/diy-leave-in-conditioner/

Or this one - which I also can't remember who to credit:
Shiny Hair
Dull hair is no fun. It just doesn’t look healthy when it doesn’t reflect the light, looks damaged, and is faded. This spray can help your hair to look bouncy and vibrant while controlling frizz and dryness.

1/2 cup rosewater (you could use any floral water or hydrosol)
1 T Argan oil
1 T Jojoba oil
6-7 drops of your favorite essential oil
Fine mist spray bottle
To get shiny hair, start by pouring the rosewater into the spray bottle. Add the oils one by one. Cover and shake well. Jojoba oil disperses in the water pretty well, so it should help with breaking up the other oils. Shake the bottle every time you use the spray. Spray it all over your hair and work it in with your fingers.

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I quit using hair spray a long time ago.

I like Katie Wells's (wellness mama) website so I looked to see what she does.

Hairspray is one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals in beauty products. It typically has aerosol, plastics, VOCs and more.

Hair Spray Ingredients:

   1.5 cups filtered water
   2 tablespoons white sugar (dark ones don’t work)
   1 tablespoon high proof alcohol like vodka (I prefer spiced rum for the scent)
   10-15 drops of essential oils of choice

What to Do:

   Boil water and dissolve sugar in it.
   Allow to cool to room temp and add alcohol and essential oils.
   Store in spray bottle and use as regular hair spray.

Note: This recipe lasts indefinitely if kept in an air tight container. Adjust the sugar up or down for more or less stiffness/hold (more sugar=stronger hold) but don’t add too much or hair will feel sticky. I have had some luck combining this with the salt from my beach waves spray for a texturizing spray. I reduced the sugar by half and added half of the magnesium.


You might enjoy some of her other recipes with links on that same link:

How to Make Natural Shampoo [Easy way]
Make Your Own Natural Deodorant With This Simple Recipe
Homemade Shaving Soap Recipes
Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade Lotion Bars
Deodorant Bars
DIY Sunscreen Bars
Bug-Off Lotion Bars
Herbal Hair Color Recipes
Seven Natural Baby Care Recipes
DIY Beach Waves Hair Texture Spray
DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair
Natural Skin Care Recipes
Homemade Make-up Recipes
Feminine Hygiene Solutions

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