Yes, you read it right! This is NOT a food recipe. But a recipe with kitchen ingredients for your hair. Below you will find a few ideas on how to naturally lighten your hair.
My natural color is medium ash blond. Now I have never dyed my hair drastically. In the summer my hair gets a lot paler in the sun. By mid winter (now) I am depressed with the dullness of my hair color with slightly darker roots not kissed enough by the sun. So I have been debating getting the usual hair dye box at the pharmacy.
But I decided against it and went searching online. I already new about rinsing out my hair with lemon juice to cut extra grease and lighten a bit. But can it be used to really make a difference in the color and give it a lightness? This is what I found at Bliss Plan:
Best for blonds but good for brunettes wanting auburn highlights:
Lemon juice is a more natural alternative than hydrogen peroxide. One fresh lemon will give you approximately 2 tablespoons of a lemon juice. Mix this juice with approximately 6 tablespoons of water and rub it in to your dry hair [more juice if your hair is long, less juice if it’s short}. Allow the juice to remain on your hair for several hours before you rinse it out. If you repeat this for several days you will have very natural hair highlights. Of course, if you also take your lemon juice covered hair out in the sunshine that will speed the process up. The best thing about using lemon juice as a hair colorant is that it looks very natural.
Yes, hair coloring with tea is possible. We are talking about ordinary tea that we drink every day and use in our favorite iced tea recipe. Tea, though, is funny â€” it can lighten hair but it can also darken light colored hair. Steep your favorite tea and allow it to sit until cool. Test it out, just like we did with the hydrogen peroxide, and see what happens. Unlike the other methods weâ€™ve mentioned above, this method requires patience because the changes will take longer.
Olive oil contains lightening agents in addition to its undeniable ability to give hair a certain softness and sheen. It’s excellent for counteracting any drying effects lemon juice may have on your hair. Mix a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a cup of water with one tablespoon of pure lemon juice. Massage mixture into hair and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Rinse well; two shampoos may be required to completely remove the olive oil.
Another old-fashioned method used for brightening hair is chamomile. Regular chamomile tea mixed with lemon juice can be rinsed through hair daily until the desired effect is achieved. Enhanced results can be seen if you boil the tea yourself using chamomile flowers. Using the natural flowers instead of tea bags seems to have a much stronger effect.
Honey is a superb hair lightener because it naturally contains traces of hydrogen peroxide. You can mix a tablespoon of honey with a cup of water and let it sit for 30 minutes to allow the peroxide to develop. Then coat hair completely with the mixture and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. After applying the mixture, you can also cover hair with saran wrap and leave overnight. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mix for an intense overnight moisture treatment.
After using any of these methods, you can enhance your results by sitting with your hair in the sun for about 20-30 minutes. The sun is known for its brightening effect on hair, and the items listed above will further activate the sun’s lightening power.
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