Who doesn’t love to flaunt gorgeous hair with a stunning color that catches all the eyes? But most of us ladies struggle with getting that perfect tone to our hair that we think would suit our skin and face the best. Often, this ends up in expensive salon treatments and of course, a whole lot of hair-care products. But, a few simple, home remedies and the most basic products out there can help you get your desired hair color. Here are 10 Awesome Ways to Lighten Your Hair Naturally!
1. Rhubarb Rinse
This amazing plant from the ancient times has got a root that can work wonders as a lightening agent for light brown and blond tresses. The reason behind the same is the presence of oxalic acid in the root that works as a fixative and makes the rhubarb rinse last really long. The root contains emodin and chrysophanic acid, which are natural dyes binding to keratin in your locks.
All you have to get from the health stores is some chopped and dried rhubarb root. You can even get the root right from your garden if you grow the same, followed by scrubbing and dicing it. Take a stainless steel pot and begin by simmering 3-4 tablespoons of the dried root in a quart of water. Let the mixture steep overnight, followed by straining it using a sieve in the morning.
To make sure you like the color, test the dye on a strand of hair, and then rinse your hair with the mixture once you have washed them with a shampoo. You can pour it several times to get the desired color, and finally rinse your hair with water. Dry your hair in the sun to make the color come out gracefully. You will achieve a soft, golden color, while experiencing a lovely conditioning effect on your tresses.
2. Chamomile Tea
There’s something special about chamomile which makes it so widely used round the world for centuries. Not only does chamomile tea treats dandruff troubles, but also helps your hair grow quicker and shinier with a golden element to them. Those with blonde hair will experience a unique radiance and brightness to their hair after treating them with chamomile, while brown hair will turn 2- 3 shades lighter. You can either go for a chamomile rinse or apply it as a hair mask.
To go for a chamomile rinse, you need to take 2-3 cups of water and add about 4 chamomile tea bags to the same once you boil the water. Let the solution cool and remove the tea bags. Wash your hair with a shampoo and apply conditioner as you always do, followed by rinsing your hair with the cooled tea solution. Allow your hair to dry while leaving the mixture in them.
If you want to apply chamomile hair mask, take 6 chamomile tea bags, half cup of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of grape juice. Dip the tea bags in a cup of boiled water, allow it to cool and remove the bags. Mix yogurt and grape juice to the solution, followed by washing your hair with a shampoo and conditioner. Once your hair get dry, apply the tea mask from root to the tip, emphasizing on the dry sections of your scalp. Cover your head for 15-20 minutes with a shower cap, and then rinse them using lukewarm water and a bit of shampoo. Lastly, wash them with cold water. Repeat the process twice a week to achieve your desired hair tone.
3. Baking Soda
There’s no doubt that baking soda has got some amazing uses in the daily life, but did you know that this kitchen staple also helps to lighten your hair naturally? Plus, it also gets your locks rid of all harmful chemicals and toxins.
Add enough water to a teaspoon of baking soda to make a paste in a bowl. Make sure the mixture is not too thick or too dilute to let it cover the hair properly. Massage the blend onto your scalp and throughout the hair, further letting it stay for 15-20 minutes. You can also apply the mixture on strips of hair, covering them with foil paper if you are looking to get highlights. Finally, wash off your hair with cold water.
Combining baking soda with a shampoo yields a hair-lightening shampoo which can help you accelerate the lightning process if applied daily. All you need to do is mix equal amounts of the two right when you are ready to wash your hair. Wet them and apply the mixture on your hair, letting it sit for a few minutes under running warm water. Rinse the mixture thoroughly.
The treatment may leave your hair a little dry, so apply a good conditioner once you are done with the washing. Baking soda shampoo lightens your hair gradually, and create soft highlights instead of a strong color. Once you get the color you want, use the mixture only once a week to work on the roots.
4. Salt Spray
You must have witnessed those lovely tresses of the surfers going from darker shades to light tones, and even ending up in a bright blonde. What causes this marvelous effect is the action of the sea salt and sun on their hair, making it oh so charming. But, you can get that done at home almost effortlessly.
All you need to do is spray warm salt water on your hair. But, you must make sure to use some coconut oil or regular oil on your hair to lighten them without getting them all dry as salt steals away the moisture from the hair.
Add some salt in hot water and stir the solution, followed by letting it cool down a little. Shampoo your hair and let them dry, further pouring in the salt solution covering the hair thoroughly. Towel dry the tresses and make sure you don’t rinse them. If you have thick or curly hair, rub a tablespoon oil in your hands and cover your hair with the same. Finally, bask in the sun to achieve a lighter color.
The hair that take little time to get all dry and get a lot of exposure are likely to bleach out the maximum. Once they are dry, wet your hair again using the salt water solution. When you get the highlights that you want, you can stop doing the same, and finally, condition your hair.
5. Olive Oil
Most of us are well aware of the fact that olive oil is a miraculous hair conditioner, but what’s less known is that it is an equally wonderful lightening agent as well. It flaunts great moisturizing properties that make it worthy enough of getting a spot in your bathroom to let your hair get stronger and healthier.
Take a good amount of olive oil and comb it through your hair, further heading outside to let them stay in the sun for about an hour. Wash out the oil, and you will find your hair much more moisturized and of course, naturally lighter in color. To make it work even better, you can add a little lemon juice to the oil before combing it to your hair. Repeat thrice every week until you see the highlights you wish for.
Another method is to mix one-fourth cup of honey and the same amount of olive oil together and warm the same for a few minutes. Apply in the sections where you want the highlights and let it stay for about an hour. Five minutes earlier to washing your hair, apply it throughout the hair and focusing on the ends. Finally, wash out the oil thoroughly.
You will be happy to know that olive oil will also help you manage brittle ends or frizzy hair just like a piece of cake, making them really soft and shinier.