You probably already know that commercial lightening treatments can do severe damage to your hair, but that does not mean you have to stick with your natural hair color forever. There are several ways you can get highlights or brighten up your hair without using harsh chemicals like hydrogen peroxide. If you are a natural brunette, do not expect to get light blonde hair with any of these methods as you may need to visit a professional if you want dramatic color change. However if you want some subtle, summery highlights without hurting your hair in the process, keep reading for sever easy do it yourself methods.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a tried-and-true way to lighten your hair. It works best for people who are already have blonde or light brown hair; if you have dark hair, lemon juice could turn it orange. This method can be a little drying, so make sure to condition your well afterwards.
To lighten your hair with lemon juice, mix several tablespoons of lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best) with a cup of water and a teaspoon of oil in a spray bottle. Spray it all over your hair, or just apply it to the strands you want to lighten. Then go outside and let your hair dry in direct sunlight. The sunlight is crucial, as heat interacts with the citric acid in the lemon to create a brightening effect. Just do not get a sunburn.
Cinnamon conditions your hair while lightening it. It also makes your hair smell great! One caveat: cinnamon can make some people break out in a rash, so before you use it on your hair, should use a small amount to perform a patch-test on your skin.
To lighten your hair with cinnamon, take half a cup or so of your regular conditioner (or more if you have very long hair). Mix in several tablespoons of powdered cinnamon. Spread the mixture evenly throughout your hair and wrap it up with a plastic bag or shower cap. Leave the cinnamon in your hair for at least two hours, the longer your leave it in, the more it will lighten your hair.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
For a super simple way to lighten your hair, pick up a bottle of raw apple cider vinegar. Mix the vinegar with an equal amount of water and spray it all over your hair, or use a paintbrush to apply it where you want highlights. Bonus: vinegar makes your hair extra shiny, too.
4. Chamomile tea
If you are a tea drinker, the secret to lighter hair might be sitting in one of your kitchen cupboards right now. Chamomile tea will not change your hair color dramatically, but it provides a mild lightening effect, even for people with naturally dark hair.
Start by brewing a large cup of strong chamomile tea with four or five tea bags. Let the tea cool; you can put it in the refrigerator to speed the process up. Once it is ready, wash your hair. Pour the tea slowly and evenly over your hair as a final rinse. Do not rise it out. Put your hair in a bun or shower cap overnight. If it is daytime, go outside and let your hair dry in the sunshine. You can repeat this treatment as many times as you want since chamomile tea is so gentle on your hair.
Have you ever notices that you hair looks lighter after a day at the beach? The combination of salt and sunshine bleaches your hair naturally, giving you a sun-kissed look. You can recreate this effect at home, no beach require. Just dissolve some salt in water, spray in on your hair and let it dry out in the sun.
Raw honey contains hrydrogen peroxide, the same ingredient that is used in commercial hair bleaches. Unlike those hair bleaches, though, honey also conditions your hair, so it is far gentler on your hair. Be aware that processed honey will not work to lighten your hair. You have got to use the raw or natural kind, which is typically available at health food stores.
Rhubarb brings out the redddish tones at it lightens your hair, so it is perfect if you want auburn highlights. To use it, boil 1/4 cup chopped ruhbarb in two cups of water. Strain the rhubarb out. Once the juice is cool, pour it evenly over your hair and leave it in for 10 minutes. Then shampoo your hair to get rid of any traces of stickiness.
Lightening your hair does not require any damaging chemical or an expensive trip to the salon. If you have been craving a change, try brightening up your hair with of these quick at home methods instead. Your hair will look great, and you will save time and money as well.