With summer in sight, you could feel an urge to shake up your style, especially when it comes to your hair. Friends may be hitting the salon to add bright blonde or pastel colors to their hair, but the prices can be hefty, especially when bleaching is involved. Fortunately, there are some uniquely natural ways to build up color variation in your hair. These options may not turn it lavender or bleach blonde, but these techniques can add a bit more warmth to your overall look – and some of the ingredients may be found right in your kitchen!
Say what? Yes, that’s right! According to Bustle, chamomile tea contains apigen, quercetin, and azulene, flavonoids which together, when applied daily, have the power to enhance and brighten lighter hair colors. Sorry those with dark brown or black hair, this may not work wonders on your hair. While this method may only show subtle differences in your color, if used continuously, chamomile tea may produce considerable contrast, and at a much more affordable cost. Try putting the tea into a spray bottle and spritzing it all over your hair while lounging in the sun.
Speaking of lounging in the sun, you should also squeeze some lemon juice diluted with water into a spray bottle. Using this while in the sunlight will also do the job of lightening your hair naturally. POPSUGAR suggested using a piece of lemon and rubbing it onto particular parts that you desire to be lighter, such as the pieces that frame your face or certain strands across your entire head. Be sure to follow up with a nourishing mask or hydrating oil, as the lemon will dry out your hair. Use your Casio BABY-G BA110GA-7A1 watch to keep track of how long the mixture has been in your hair, and the amount of time you’ve spent in the sun, to avoid damage to your hair and skin.
While baking soda isn’t healthy to constantly use on dry or damaged hair, it can be a fairly easy option for at-home hair tempering. Mix a teaspoon of the baking soda with water to make a paste and use it in between shampooing and conditioning your hair. Incorporate it into your hair washing routine a few times a week and see if you notice any difference in color.
Apple cider vinegar
For those of you who already have natural reddish hues to your hair color, using vinegar as a hair lightener will help enhance those red streaks. Try apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with water and spray it onto your hair much like the lemon juice or chamomile tea. For pinpointing more specific areas, DIYNatural advised you apply some to a cotton ball and use it to directly soak your hair in the mixture.
It is important to note that the color differences you may see can vary depending on hair type and color. Trying out these options above can be a great way to test what natural lightening methods work best on your hair – have fun with it and see what transforms your locks into summer ready, sun-kissed hair!
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