Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beauty Tuesday: Sleek Faux Bob and Homemade Hairspray Recipe

In this post I will show you how to go from this:
to this:

in less than five minutes, with no heat, scissors or aerosols. I'll also share my homemade hairspray recipe. Let's start with the hairspray.

(Note: in some of these pictures I had ear buds in as I was on the phone, so that's what that black dangly thing is. I am so good at multi tasking!)

You will need:
Peppermint essence, orange essence or vodka

White table sugar

Spring water, filtered water or rain water

A clean, empty spray bottle

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to the boil, then turn down the heat and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to it. For a firmer hold, add more sugar (this is what I should have done to completely eliminate my fly aways, but I didn't).
Stir well. When the sugar is dissolved, add 1 teaspoonful of flavouring essence or vodka. The advantages of flavouring essence over vodka are: I had it in my kitchen already; flavouring essence contains glycerin, which draws moisture out of the air into your hair; you'll smell like peppermint/oranges. It really is up to you, though.

For the hairstyle, you will need:
Anything from two to infinite bobby pins or other hair pins. I used four of these Amish style ones, I would need eight regular bobby pins.

You'll also need your homemade hairspray.

First, lightly mist your hair all over with the spray, then (without using a hair tie) roll your hair into a loose, low bun.

Using both hands to keep it as even as possible, roll the bun under itself.

Spend some time adjusting the bun to make sure it will be sitting where you want it, then pin it in place from underneath.

Give the finished style another misting and smooth down any fluffy bits. My two tablespoons of sugar is no match for the humidity here today, but it's better than it would be without anything. Here's a shot of me swanning about, pretending to be in a Jane Austen story:

The Jane Austen reference has nothing to do with the hair, I just like to pretend I'm in one of her books sometimes.

If you have a natural beauty post you would like to share, you can link it to this one using the guidelines I included at the bottom of this post here.

Worlds of love, my lovelies!
Cassandra Louise.


  1. Your hair is absolutely beautiful! I had no idea that you could make your own hairspray..that's pretty cool.

    1. Thank you so much! ^_^ Lemon juice on its own can also be used as hairspray but it can lighten your hair and cause sensitivity to skin in sunlight, this recipe doesn't have those risks. :-)