Homemade Alcohol-Free Hairspray that Works 1 cup water (use filtered please*) 4 teaspoons sugar (use more or less according to how strong you want the spray) 6-8 drops essential oil 1. Heat water in a small saucepan to boiling. 2. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. 3. Allow to cool. Add essential oils (if using). 4. Place in spray bottle.