The best way to lighten hair color without using harsh chemicals, is by doing it naturally. Starting from exposing your hair to sunlight, to using lemon juice and chamomile oil, there are several natural and easy ways to bleach the hair.
Did You Know?
► In ancient Greece, light hair meant youthfulness and health, and the Greek women bleached their tresses using potash water and yellow flowers.
► Roman women, on the other hand, used a mixture of wood ash, vinegar and lye to lighten the hair.
You can highlight your hair using some natural ways right at home! The methods of lightening hair naturally are safe for your hair.
Lightening Your Hair Naturally
Sunlight bleaches the hair to a lighter shade naturally. So just lie down in the sun, properly covering your body with a cloth to avoid sunburn with only your hair exposed to the sunlight. Spending some time outside will give your hair natural highlights that can be as light as you want.
Using tea is effective natural way of bleaching the hair. You can steep your household tea and let it cool. Apply it to your hair and see the results. Tea won’t give you instant results, thus you need to be patient. Before applying tea all over your head, apply some to the hair at the back of your neck. So if the hair color takes an ugly shade, it can remain well hidden. If you find the shade is fine, apply it over full head.
Swimming is a great way to lighten your hair. After a swim, lie in the sun, covering your body and expose your wet hair to the sun. The sun will naturally dry and lighten your hair. If you have been swimming in pool water with chlorine in it, it will help fasten the process of lightening hair naturally.
Blond or light brown hair can be lightened naturally using lime juice. Mix lemon juice with some water and apply to the hair. Lemon juice tends to dry hair and make them brittle. Thus, mix one tablespoon of juice with a gallon of water. Use this solution daily, till the desired effect is reached. You can even try mixing one or two tablespoons olive oil in a cup of water containing one tablespoon of pure lemon juice. This mixture should be massaged into hair and allowed to soak for 30 minutes.
You can use Chamomile flowers to lighten blond hair. Steep half a cup of Chamomile flowers in one quart of boiling water for half an hour. Strain and apply the cooled mixture over your hair. You should catch the mixture in a container and repeat the process 10-20 times depending on how light you want your hair. Leave the mixture in hair for 15 minutes and rinse hair later.
Rhubarb is effective method to lighten your hair. Add citrus juice like lemon, grapefruit or pineapple to Rhubarb. Use this mixture over the hair for desired effects. You may need several applications to reach the desired effect. You can add ¼ cup of chopped fresh rhubarb to two cups of boiling water. After the mixture cools, you can use it to wash your hair. This is will not only lighten your hair, but add give shiny gloss to hair, if used regularly.
Best Method to Lighten Your Hair
The best way to lighten dark hair naturally is by using henna. Henna forms a protective layer on each hair strand and makes the hair thicker. Add Chamomile powder to the henna powder and mix water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste generously covering each strand of the hair. Leave it on till it dries or for about 30 minutes to 2 hours. Cover hair with plastic shower cap. You can leave it longer if your hair is darker. Rinse your hair thoroughly and dry hair in sun.
You can use using hydrogen peroxide with honey to lighten your hair. Honey contains natural hydrogen peroxide that help in this regard. You should mix 3/4 cup honey with 1½ cup regular hair conditioner. Apply this mixture on damp hair and wrap in a plastic shower cap. Leave the mixture on for about 8 hours and then rinse.
They save you a trip to the salon and do not affect your hair. Use proper hair care products to maintain the health of your hair. There are many hair coloring ideas to choose from, but lightening hair naturally is the safest way. You can try out haircut styles and ideas to add to your new look. Enjoy experimenting with your hair color the natural way.