9 Natural Ways To Lighten Your Hair Without Going To A Salon
Save yourself £200 at the hairdressers and bulk buy a thousand lemons.
Before you consider shelling out £200 on a dye-job at your local salon, it might be worth considering some totally organic (and far cheaper) alternatives that a) won’t mess with your skin and b) are guaranteed to give you a natural sunkissed look.
Thinking about going lighter this Summer? Some items already hidden away in your cupboards could bring out those blonde tones with just a few applications and a bit of direct sunlight.
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Squeeze out the juice from a single lemon, dilute it in a small glass of distilled water, and run the liquid from the root to the very tips of your hair. Bonus point: Sitting in the sunshine will accelerate how quickly the juice is likely to have an effect on your overall shade.
Bicarbonate of soda
This is particularly great for stripping out semi-permanent dye and cleansing your hair of any nasty chemical build-ups. Combine a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with half a cup of lemon juice until the mixture turns into a frothy paste. Apply to the sections of your hair you’d like to lighten and wash out after 15 minutes.
Using a regular amount of normal conditioner, keep adding cinnamon powder to the product until it becomes a thick paste. Apply to your hair and leave on overnight. Not only will your locks look and feel great - you’ll also benefit from cinnamon’s antioxidant and sunscreen properties.
Eager to lighten your dark brunette locks? Brew a strong cup of chamomile tea, let it cool for five minutes, and apply the liquid to the sections of hair you’d like to lighten the most. Leave on for 30 minutes, plonk yourself in direct sunlight, and let nature take its course.
Honey and vinegar
An enzyme in honey called glucose oxidase actually produces hydrogen peroxide, which explains why it’s a miracle product in lightening hair. For every one cup of honey, blend in two cups of raw apple cider vinegar and mix together. Leave the product in your hair overnight and wash off in the morning with warm water.
Honey and olive oil
Combine half a cup of honey with half a cup of olive oil and run the combination through your hair in the areas you’re hoping to go blonder in. Leave on for an hour and wash the product off with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
Boil half a cup of chopped rhubard before straining the pan and using the remaining liquid as a hair mask. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and shampoo.
Science lesson: Black tea is packed full of something called tannic acid, which – used over time – will help bring out some of the natural highlights in your hair. Brew three cups of strong tea, massage into your mane, and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing out with water.
Vitamin C tablets
Okay, so this isn’t quite as organic as boiled rhubard liquid but it still gets the job done. Crush nine vitamin C tablets and mix the result into your regular shampoo for a quick, efficient, and no-fuss route to lighter locks. Simple.