6 ways to lighten hair without damage

Lightening hair is as easy as mixing a handful of pungent blue powder with peroxide.

The complications, however, are apparent upon feeling your strands after rinsing the corrosive mixture. Straw-like strands are usually what you’ll end up with no matter how good of a brand your bleaching agent is. And with hair being a dead tissue, hair repair is a myth employed in hair product commercials; as soon as you stop using them, your hair goes back to being a tangled mess. But why resort to bleach when nature can provide you with the sun-kissed hair that you’ve always dreamt of? Below are natural ingredients that will lighten your hair up to three shades if used consistently.

Moroccan Blonde Henna

The best thing about herbs like henna, is that they can colour your hair without compromising the quality of your strands.

Now, don’t get too excited just yet! Like any other conventional hair colouring treatment, your hair should already be light enough before application. So, don’t expect any drastic change if your hair is on the darker side. But even the darkest shades will appear sun-kissed and have a touch of natural highlights post application, especially under direct sunlight. However, we would only recommend using it if your hair ranges from brown/light brown to darker blonde.

Rhubarb

If you’re one of those people whose kitchen never faces a paucity of spices or herbs, you’d be surprised at the number of edible foods that you would find utile in beautifying skin and hair. When it comes to this particular plant, it’s as simple as adding a small amount of water to whatever form of crushed rhubarb you find in your cabinet to form a paste. If applied overnight and more than once, you’ll observe some noticeable golden hues that will gradually appear in your locks. This is one of our favourite recipes because it doesn’t require anything but one herb and some patience.

It also doesn’t add any reddish or orange hues to your hair.

Mineral Dead Sea Salts

Salts in general can have exfoliating benefits to your skin and lightening effects to your hair. The two outcomes are complimentary because just like they can peal dead skin off your body, they can gently strip the top layers of your hair, thus revealing the lighter tones beneath your dark strands. But not all salts are suitable to use on your hair, as some can leave your hair unmanageably dry for weeks.

The best we’ve ever got our hands on would be mineral dead sea salts. You can make a paste to exfoliate your skin, and if diluted just a bit more, it can be sprayed on your hair to bring out some natural-looking fresh out of the beach highlights. We have personally found three tablespoons of sea salts in a cup of water ideal to be left on until your hair dries before shampooing.

Cinnamon

There are two ways to lighten your hair with cinnamon: either to make a paste out of it by diluting it with water, or use its powder form as a replacement for bleaching powder. Of course, the latter may dry out your hair just a little bit, but it won’t cause any irreversible harm.

If diluted with water, it’s best to add it to your conditioner to make rinsing easier, whilst making sure that there’s more cinnamon paste than conditioner. Though you’ll need to leave it on for more than two hours each application in order to see any significant difference in less than a month.

If you’re opting for more dramatic results, it’s best you add 10 volume developer (or 3% household peroxide) to cinnamon powder to make a paste before leaving it on your hair for no longer than 40 minutes each application. Remember to use a protein treatment post rinsing and to give your hair a break for at least two weeks before you using the cinnamon and peroxide mixture again, if needed.

Honey

Not only will honey lighten your hair and soften it, but it will also help boost its growth and prevent hair fall. The science lies in the chemical reaction that occurs when honey is mixed with water resulting in the production of a miniscule amount of hydrogen peroxide that’s not enough to damage your hair, but apparently more than enough to lighten it in the long run. The effects don’t take place immediately, and this provides a much slower process than cinnamon, but bear in mind that this is basically a hair nourishing treatment that also has the side effect of lightening hair rather than the other way around.

All you have to do is add equal amounts of water and honey before applying it with a hair dye applicator. And as always, you can boost the lightening properties by adding some good ol’ ten volume developer, but be careful not to add too much or this will beat the purpose of trying to protect our luscious locks from getting fried.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea’s countless benefits may include detoxifying your body and relaxing it, but who knew it could also bring out some highlights when applied to your hair?

It’s as easy as preparing it for drinking, only with a couple of more packets than you would normally use before consumption. Depending on how long your hair is, you can use from three to six packets in a cup or two of boiling water before applying it as a final rinse after washing your hair. Some say squeezing a fresh lemon on the mixture helps bolster the lightening properties. You’ll see results after a little over a month of consistent biweekly use.

If you want the quickest results, you can alternate recipes and see which one works best for you. Everyone’s hair is different; meaning some recipes just might not do the job for you. But they’re all natural, so seeing limited results is the only risk you’ll have to take!

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