How to Make Spray Gel

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Some hairstyles require a lot of support to stay in place, especially if they need to stay in place all day. Hairspray is a convenient way to secure a style, but most hairsprays will only hold simple styles. Gel is much more suited to extreme styles, but it's heavy and difficult to apply, and can crush some styles. Gel spray is a good compromise that is quick to make and easy to apply.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium saucepan
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Spray bottle
  • Pour two cups of water into a saucepan and slowly bring it to the boil. Be careful not to heat the water too fast, which will cause it to evaporate at a faster rate.

  • Slowly mix in 1/4 of a cup of white granulated sugar. Ensure the water remains boiling throughout.

  • Stir the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is clear.

  • Remove heat from the saucepan and allow the liquid to cool. This may take up to half an hour.

  • Pour the mixture into the spray bottle.

Tips & Warnings

  • To style, spray into hair sparingly. As the spray dries, the gel will hold. Do not soak hair or the gel may not work.
  • This may make your hair sticky, so wash your hair later after use and brush your hair regularly.

References

  • "Natural Beauty at Home, Revised Edition: More Than 200 Easy-To-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair; Janice Cox; 2002."
  • "Recipes for Natural Beauty; Katie Spiers; 1998."
  • Photo Credit Tooga/Digital Vision/Getty Images
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