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5 Homemade Hairsprays To Try This Summer

5 Homemade Hairsprays To Try This Summer

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: 

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    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

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            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

            Recipe Sources:

            1. http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-sea-salt-spray/
            2. http://helloglow.co/diy-coconut-oil-hair-spray-rosemary-volumizing-powder/
            3. http://wellnessmama.com/13101/hair-detangling-spray/
            4. http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-alcohol-free-hairspray-that-works/
            5. http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/09/3-diy-sprays-for-beautiful-hair.html

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            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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