Saturday, 7 May 2011

Sugar + Water + Hair = Curls of Eugh

I seem to be obsessed with putting food stuffs in my hair. I have already made a goo consisting of linseed, with results that I really love.   

There's that manic look in my eyes again. Possibly from listening to too much Kate Bush. Or learning the words to Pass Out by Tinie Tempah

This weeks test is via Tate & Lyle. Yes, folks. Sugar. I shall remain unconvinced about trying flat beer on account of smell. I am not too sure how I feel about the wasp-attracting ability of sugar when it comes to the summer months, though.

But as we are a little way off from full on summer here in Blighty (indeed if we actually get to have one this year), I thought I would give it a go.

Freshly out of the rollers.

I cannot really call this a recipe. It is literally sugar and water. A cup of boiling water and a table spoon of sugar, stirred until disolved. How simple is that? Like making a very sweet cup of tea - but forgetting the tea-bag. I let the liquid cool and then decanted it into a spray bottle.

One side combed out.

And off I went a setting my rollers after spraying and combing through. This all seemed fine - until the mist that didn't reach my hair, but landed on my arms, began to dry. I might be a bit dim (no comments, please) but I had not expected it to be quite a sticky as it was. As was the floor. And the loo. And the sink. It was like a scene from a cheap night club. If you are gong to try this, then I would cover things up with towels or something and wear a long sleeved top. And socks.

All combed out. And crunchy.

But for me, I am unconvinced that there shall be a next time for this method. Whilst I truly loved the Day 1 results, the texture of my hair was atrocious. It did hold the curl all day, which I was really pleased with...

End of Day 1

Day 2, however, was a different story. Whilst it was still curled, I loathed touching it. As I was combing it out, the air was sweet and my hands were tacky. Which does not bode well in my mind for the potential of using this in the summer. I feel it would forever ducking, diving, running and shrieking away from various winged beasties with needles for bums.

Day 2. Eugh.

Day three, I could take it no more and washed it all out. I think that if you have a much shorter length hair than me, then this might work a treat for you.

But for me, this is the first and last time I shall try this. Everytime I moved my hair, I could taste sweetness in the air. Like when you open a box of icing sugar and you breathe some of the powder in through your mouth.

In conclusion, application was simple, but the clean up only added to the time it took and my hair felt like candyfloss. Fail.

If anyone uses this method regularly, I salute you!

ps) written before The Chop. But my opinion has not changed. Sugar for me shall remain in tea & cakes. Not on my bonce.


  1. I've never used just sugar, but I have made a hairspray/setting lotion with water, a lemon and some sugar. I didn't find it overly sticky, perhaps because of the lemon? I wish I could remember where I found the recipe but I seem to have forgotten to bookmark it :(

  2. Found it! I used this one but I added a spoonful or two of sugar and I think I added a few drops of Vodka too. It worked very well.

  3. Hey Kate - thanks for that! I shall have to investigate!

  4. Nothing to do with setting lotion but I noticed you're reading 'The Night Watch' you think it's fantastic? I LOVE that book and it's gonna be on TV soon too, with the girl from South Riding in it.

    K xx

  5. The linseed solution seems more ideal for the type of style you're going for. I remember that a sugar and water solution was what my punk friends used in the 80s to achieve "perfect" rigid hair spikes and mohawks that defied gravity,

  6. It did look good though, as i am frightened of all insects i will pass on sugar in hair though! i think its great that your trying all these things. the linseed does does interesting.

  7. I confess I have never heard of this, but I am pretty new to doing anything with my hair to be honest. Verrry interesting, thank you for trying it for us. Wasps and bees tend to head straight for me as it is, don't think I want to encourage them!! x

  8. Not something I would try...well done you for being brave!! x

  9. Well at least it looked great!

  10. I seem to recall making a facial scrub on the advice of Just 17 which was "a tablespoon of sugar added to a dollop of your favourite cleanser" with fairly sticky results. And wasps go for henna'd hair as well, as I remember from sitting on my parents' patio covered in the stuff...

  11. Oooh! My hair looks like the 4th photo down when it's wet, however not when It's dry!!! lol, Worth a try though even if it didn't work out for you, and I remember the gravity defying hairstyle of a friends older brother (spikey mohawk + green dye = scary) X

  12. Thanks for trying this... I, too, was intrigued by the possibility but feared the wasps come summer. The results LOOK great, shame about the feel.

    I think I'll be trying your linseed recipe before this one, the stickiness sounds a little too much (plus I have a strange dislike of breathing in sugar).

  13. I can see that spraying what can only be described as wasp pheramones on your head might be a bad idea? Shame it didn't feel nice cos you're hair looked great

  14. Ergh, how horrid. Do you think you are putting too much spary on, which is why it went so crunchy? Not that I know anything about hair! xx

  15. I remember friends using this method to put up their mohawks back in the punk days. Please don't tell me are you going to try elmers glue next? that was also a popular hold technique back then as I recall. thanks for sharing you brave lady.

  16. Thank you for sharing your experiments with sugar - so that the rest of us don't have to! I have to say that day 1 looked truly fabulous though. And regarding 'listening to too much Kate Bush' - simply not possible to listen to too much of her!

  17. Ick ick ick! I cannot stand the thought of sugar on my hair! I'll leave that one for you!

  18. gorgeous curls. love the print of the first top.

    Helen, X

  19. Goodness me you are a brave lass! Your hair looks lovely though, despite its calorific coating!

  20. Thank you so much for posting this! I was going to try it but the sticky bit turned me off especially because I live in hot Florida!

    You have stunning hair, btw.

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