Healthy Hair Spray

This hair spray is not the kind you use to style your hair, but rather to give your locks a health boost. It’s kinda like a “hair vitamin”. Even if you have perfectly normal hair, this spray will still protect it from the harsh environmental factors it is exposed to every day.

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

Rosemary Hydrosol
Hydrosols are basically flavoured distilled waters, and are a bi-product of making essential oils. Hence, you can substitute with plain deionised or distilled water for a significantly cheaper product. You can also use any hydrosol for fragrance, but I’ve chosen Rosemary hydrosol for its benefits for the hair and scalp. If you cannot find rosemary hydrosol, other hydrosols that are good for hair care include: lemongrass and lavender.

You could make a rosemary tea (infusion) with distilled water, but botanicals will affect the shelf life of this product and challenge your preservative. Therefore, you would have to use your hair spray within one month and perhaps even store it in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, I recommend using a hydrosol instead, or otherwise you could also solubilize rosemary essential oil into distilled water using decyl glucoside or another solubilizer.

Active Ingredients
You could exclude any of the active ingredients (except the preservative). If you do exclude glycerine, hydrolysed wheat protein or d-panthenol gel, then increase the hydrosol content accordingly so that the recipe balances to 100g total. You can use another hydrolysed protein like keratin, rice, hemp or quinoa protein. You can also use dl-panthenol powder which is easier to work with than the sticky gel form – it dissolves quicker and powder is less messy. However the sticky stuff (d-panthenol) is the natural version.

Cost & Shelf Life

Cost Price: R16 using plain deionised water, or R74 using rosemary hydrosol (per 100g). (Costs accurate at the time of writing).
Lasted me about:
 1 month using everyday.
Estimated shelf life: 3 months if using distilled water or a hydrosol, and stored away direct sunlight, and stored in a sterilised bottle.


For the most benefit, you will need to buy all the active ingredients.

Cherry on Top

  • Very quick & simple to make. You’re basically just mixing everything together.
  • You could also use this as a face/body mist. The active ingredients are nourishing for the skin too.
  • Plant-based recipe.

Ingredient Information

  • Rosemary hydrosol:  Stimulates hair follicles which helps hair grow stronger. Helps prevent microbial activity which is often a cause of hair loss and thinning. Relieves itchy scalp (buy here).
  • Hydrolysed wheat protein: is also known as phytokeratin. Protein gives your strands their strength, flexibility and elasticity since hair is primarily made of protein. (buy here)
  • D-Panthenol gel: is the naturally derived version of pro-vitamin B5. It helps to retain moisture, thereby making your hair soft, smooth and more manageable. It also helps to condition the scalp and treat dry and itchy scalp. (buy here)
  • Vegetable Glycerine: Treats and prevents dry hair and skin. Like d-panthenol, it is a humectant i.e. It will soften and hydrate hair follicles. (buy here)
  • Geogard Ultra: is a synthetic preservative composed of gluconolactone and sodium benzoate in powder form. It is COSMOS, ECOCERT, NATRUE and SOIL association approved for use in natural and organic products. (buy here)

Need help finding these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you. Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.

Did you use a different hydrosol or plain distilled water, and how has it worked for you? Please share in the comments below.

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