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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. A totally natural hair dye. Check out my hair lightener recipe below…
My natural color is dark 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 I am depressed with the dullness of my hair color with slightly darker roots not kissed enough by the sun. I always go through the debate about getting the usual hair dye box at the pharmacy.
But I decided against it and went searching online. I already knew about rinsing out my hair with lemon juice to cut extra grease, add shine and a bounce to my hair. In fact, I use a lemon hair rinse as a conditioner substitute. And a lemon juice hair rinse also works great to fight dandruff.
But can you really lighten hair with lemon to make a difference in the color and give it a lightness? This is what I found:
How to lighten hair for blonds and for brunettes wanting auburn highlights:
Lemon juice is a more natural alternative than hydrogen peroxide or that bottled sun in hair lightener. Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to 2 cups of boiling water. Add a booster listed below. Mix very well and apply to your hair. 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 for fifteen minutes to speed the process up. The best thing about using lemon juice as a hair colorant is that you get very natural highlights with this lightening hair at home technique.
Yes, you can naturally lighten dark hair with tea. We are talking about ordinary tea that we drink every day and use in our favorite iced tea recipe. Tea, though, is funny as it a great hair lightener for dark hair but it can also darken light colored hair. Steep 3 to 5 bags of your favorite tea and allow it to sit until cool. Let it sit up to 1 hour before rinsing. Unlike the other methods we’ve mentioned above, this method requires patience because the changes will take longer and regular applications.
Same as above for brunettes but use Rooibos tea, boil 3 to 5 bags to tea. Once cool cover your hair and let it sit 30 minutes before rinsing.
Want proof that the lemon juice recipe works? Here is a before and after shot of me, 2 lemon juice treatments later. It is a bit lighter and totally natural looking. And yes I look awesome in the after pic, new haircut.
Hair Lightener Recipe Boosters
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 15-30 minutes. The sun is known for its brightening effect on hair, and the items listed above will further activate the sun’s lightning power.
***DISCLAIMER: Although there is no negative information online as far as using these tricks on already dyed hair, I would recommend doing a test strand to see if there would be a reaction.***
What do you think?
Have you tried a hair lightener recipe before or one listed in this post? How did it turn out? What do you think of the results?
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