How To: Make Baby Hair Spray

Magical Mama Blog How To Make Baby Hairspray

How To: Make Baby Hair Spray

It is inevitable.  Your baby’s hair will suddenly spring up like weeds and overnight, they will go from a balding Benjamin Franklin…

Magical Mama Blog How To Make Baby Hair Spray

…to a troll doll….

Magical Mama Blog How To Make Baby Hair Spray

You want to tame the static, fly aways, and emo hair chunk in their eyes…but alas, your straightener and your hair products aren’t exactly designed for pure little baby hair.

Then you sit there after bath time brushing those teeny tiny tresses trying to decide if you want to…

go through the dreaded first hair cut,

chase them around and wrap their precious hair into microscopic plastic rubber bands,

attempt headbands, bows or barrettes that will definitely end up coming off of their heads in two seconds,

or you can let them go around looking like a little ragamuffin.


Fear not!  There is a way to tame their wild hair without any harsh chemicals or products!

I present to you:  BABY HAIRSPRAY!


This magical concoction will keep baby’s hair mostly in place throughout the day and easily washes out in the bath with no residue, skin irritants, or hair damage!

And you probably have tons of the two ingredients in your kitchen right now!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup water

1 tsp granulated sugar

Spray bottle


…You read that right…sugar water…

Believe it or not, this is not a new fad.  Sugar water to tame baby’s hair has been around for generations!   Go ask grandma if she did it or knows someone who did!

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Make that baby spray!

Boil the 1/2 cup of water.

(or put 1/2 cup of water into a glass measuring cup and microwave until you see it bubbling…I used this method because I’d much rather wash a measuring cup than a pan)

Add in your 1 tsp of sugar and stir until it dissolves into the water.

If it is freshly boiling, the sugar puts on a small fizzley show for you and disappears almost instantaneously.

Pour your sugar water into your spray bottle.

(I grabbed this little spray bottle that fits the whole recipe perfectly in the Target travel/mini section within the beauty department)

Spray away.

Does it work?

This stuff is fabulously gentle and keeps hair out of baby’s eyes and pretty in place.


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Obviously, if your child has their hands in it all day, it won’t hold well.  But out of sight, out of mind.  If their hair isn’t tickling their forehead and ears and is out of their eyes, they may be able to focus on other things.

As your little one gets older, you can add more sugar for a stronger hold.

I have had no experience with the spray going “bad” from age.

The great thing about this spray is that it is so gentle, it won’t irritate their little heads or damage their hair.

Enjoy exploring all the new hair styles you can create!

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  1. Thank you! My one year old’s hair is just reaching troll status, and my 3 year old’s hair is so fine and static-y that it drives us both nuts. We will definitely have to try this.

  2. Wow what a brilliant idea! My little lady has inherited my unruly hair and has spent the first few years looking like a (gorgeous) little fraggle! I never thought to try anything like this but I’ll remember it to share with my friends for their littles. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

  3. I had no idea about this – I could have done with this tip 5 years ago, my little boy’s hair was wild when he was a baby, he had so much of it! Thanks for sharing this with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday!

  4. I’d never heard of this before, what a fab idea! Unfortunately, as my daughter has wild curly hair, I doubt it’d make a dent in the products needed to do it justice – ha! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

  5. I remember one of my Grandmas telling me they used a little dab of Caro syrup back in the day to keep baby bows in their baby’s hair and to style it. My top two kids are boys, so I never really thought about styling hair. And then came my girl… she has hair like crazy and she’s just one year old. I don’t want to break that fine baby hair with rubber bands every day! I will definitely give this a try!

    1. Yes! That sweet baby hair is very precious and I didn’t want to damage it. The spray has a nice light hold, washes out easily, and doesn’t leave residue or damage behind. I still spritz my little one and she’s getting close to two!
      Thanks for stopping by, Lynee!

  6. Hi sara! How much more sugar do you think I’ll need for a strong hold? I need to style my daughter’s hair and was thinking of purchasing an actual hairspray when I saw this. Also, doesn’t it make the hair sticky?

    1. Just a pinch or two. The more sugar you add, the more sticky it could become. My little one doesn’t have any residue when we use this ratio.
      Thanks for stopping by, Theanna!

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