I was surprised when I found Victorian recipes for hairspray! 😀 In Victorian times, hairspray was called bandoline which was used to set curls. Victorian hairspray was made with quince seeds, gum arabic or gum tragacanth. Here I tried a Victorian recipe for ‘Rose Bandoline’ made with gum arabic and rosewater.
- 1 tsp gum arabic
- 1 tsp water
- 1 tbsp rosewater
Heat gum arabic and water in a water bath, then let it stand overnight at room temperature (till the gum arabic is dissolved completely). Add rosewater, and the rose bandoline is ready for use. Rose bandoline can be stored in the fridge for some days, but it doesn’t keep very long.
Setting Curls with Rose Bandoline
I made braid waves to test the DIY hair spray: On the right, I sprayed the hair with Victorian rose bandoline before braiding my hair, on the left, the hair is just sprayed with water. This is how my hair looked after it’s dried.
As the pictures show, Victorian rose bandoline doesn’t make curls last longer.
Rose Bandoline as Hair Spray
Even if it doesn’t help to set curls, as hairspray Victorian rose bandoline works just as well as commercial hairsprays: It gives the hair medium hold – and you can easily adjust the recipe: just use more or less gum arabic for a strong or flexible hold hairspray. Rose bandoline doesn’t contain harmful chemicals, and because of the rosewater it smells wonderful of roses.
To use rose bandoline as hairspray, pin the hair in place and spray rose bandoline onto the hair. As soon as it’s dried, it gives the hair the desired hold and you can remove the bobby pins.