Highlighting or lightening your hair is a perfect way to refresh a look, particularly at the beginning of a new season. However, most lighteners used in salons or sold in drugstores contain an array of chemicals, which can strip the hair of its shine and wreak havoc on the scalp. In addition, heading to a salon for a professional service can be quite expensive.
Instead, men and women can try one or more of the following options for easy, all-natural, non-chemical hair lightening. The results will be a subtle shade lighter and brighter, not a drastic change. For increased lightening, one can mix two or three of these options and sit in full sun for about one half hour.
One of the most popular natural lighteners, lemon juice can create lighter colored streaks due to its citric acid. However, because it can be harsh to the hair, it should be diluted with water or olive oil by mixing 1 cup lemon juice to ¼ cup water or olive oil, for or a softening effect.
Honey is much less harsh than lemon juice and even comes with its own conditioning properties. It works similarly to hydrogen peroxide, but should be mixed with water in a ratio of one cup honey and ¼ cup water before use, in order to reduce the stickiness.
Chamomile has become so popular that some hair product brands are creating shampoos and conditioners with this botanical ingredient. It is particularly useful for blondes who can use a cooled pot of chamomile tea to soak their hair.
Cinnamon is one of the best lightening choices for brunettes because it will not turn the hair orange. However, this common kitchen spice will need something to stick to in the hair. One can rub conditioner throughout the hair first before distributing a mixture of one part cinnamon and one part water from the root to the end of each strand. For best results, cover the hair with a plastic bag and sleep with the mixture on the hair for 6-8 hours.
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