DIY Citrus Hair Spray

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Hair spray is something I use on a very regular basis. While I don’t use a lot, and I buy organic brands with short ingredient lists, this is another product I’ve wanted to try making at home. I had almost everything I needed on hand, so I gave it a shot. I’ve used the concoction several times now, and really like it. It’s worth noting that I use hairspray as a light dusting to hold together my natural curls and reduce frizz. This hair spray will not hold together a up-do, as it’s just not that strong. So if you’re looking for an everyday spray to do some minor frizz reduction, give this a shot!

Before the recipe, a running update.

Half Marathon:

I’m currently being inspired by Christoper McDougall’s writing in his book Born to Run. It’s almost 300 pages on how humans are designed to run. And by run, he means long distance running.

He pulls research advocating for the use of minimalist footwear, making the case that the highly padded and secure running shoes we’ve been wearing over the past few decades is actually leading to more injury.

This makes sense, as we’re no longer forced to use many of the muscles in our feet and ankles due to chunky running shoes. Having LESS support around the foot, forces muscles to activate and strengthen overtime. Muscles in other parts of the body, such as the abdomen, are also activated through minimialist running, further improving your overall running experience.

A few years ago I ran a marathon and am itching to run another (or a similar long distance event). I’ve begun training for  a half marathon in February, and am running in the closest shoes I have to minimalist footwear. A Vibram Five Fingers purchase might be in the future. 😉

Later on in 2016 I hope to complete a duathlon of some kind, working my way into triathlon territory.

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And now for the recipe…

DIY Citrus Hair Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 blood orange (or any orange for dark hair, a lemon is recommended for light hair)
  • 3 tbl vodka
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (could use any essential oil to add fragrance)
  • 1 spray bottle (I used an old LUSH sprayer)

Directions: 

  • Bring the water to a boil on the stove. Meanwhile cut the fruit into 8 sections (wedges).
  • When the water is boiling, add the fruit and cook over medium-high heat until half the water has evaporated.
  • Strain the colorful mixture, pouring into a measuring cup. Make sure you still have one cup of liquid. If you don’t, add some more filtered water. If you have too much liquid, pour a little off.
  • Stick the liquid in the refrigerator to cool. While cooling, combine the vodka and essential oil in a separate bowl. Add this to the citrus mixture when thoroughly cooled.
  • Finally pour the hair spray into a spray bottle, shaking everytime before use.

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