Thinking about having some sun-kissed highlights put in for the last gasps of summer? I know a lot of you are!
As the days become lighter and brighter, it’s no big surprise that many people feel the urge to allow their hair to follow suit, but the damaging effects of peroxides and dyes might be a little off-putting for those of your with already fragile hair. If this sounds familiar, then this blog is for you! It is possible to achieve beautiful, natural looking highlights in the comfort of your own home: chemical free.
Alright, it is true that these natural remedies might work better on hair that is already lighter on the colour chart, but you would be surprised at how well these natural lighteners can lift. Even if you’re a little skeptical, there’s no harm in trying – every last one of the recipes we’re going to give you today not only give great natural highlights, but they are actually beneficial to your hair anyway! Achieve gorgeous color whilst nourishing your hair and scalp – what’s not to love?
Take your pick of these two home treatments and let me know how you get on…
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
If you can get your hands on a spray bottle – fantastic! This will make acheiving a nice, even spread much easier for you. If not, you may need to add some water (or even chamomile tea as an extra, natural highlighter) and turn this into a rinse treatment.
Half and squeeze 2-3 lemons, preferably organic, and remove all pips. Add the other ingredients and a little warm water if the honey needs loosening up. Close the bottle cap tight and shake well until all ingredients are combined.
Spray (or soak hair) liberally onto towel dried hair and comb through for an even coating throughout. Leave loose if you can, or tie back and go and sit outside in the sunshine for as long as possible! You may feel a little sticky, but it will be worth it. Leave to set for a minimum of 1 hour and then rinse.
- 250ml Apple Cider Vinegar
- 6 – 10 Heaped Tablespoons of Baking Soda
- 100ml Distilled/Bottled Water
Brush your hair through to get rid of any tangles for an even spread. For a thicker mix, grab a bowl or if yours is more on the liquid side, use your dispensing bottle and mix the apple cider vinegar and baking soda together. Once this is nicely blended, add your water to the mix and then stir or shake up until well incorporated. For those of your left with more of a paste, scoop this out with your hands and massage the mixture in where you would like the natural highlights to appear – be warned, this recipe can cause quite drastic results! Allow this to sit in your hair for 15 – 20 minutes and then rise well, but don’t shampoo! Replenish lost moisture with a deep conditioning treatment.
For best results with all recipes for natural highlights, get out there and catch some rays! Sunlight itself is a natural lightener so this will not only speed up the process by applying heat but also add that final, magic ingredient.