I pride myself on being blonde. Very blonde. In fact, I’ve mentioned it about a million times before but my hair is definitely my favorite feature and guess what? #IWokeUpLikeDis. Seriously, I’ve never dyed my hair because who’s got time for all of that and maintaining bleached hair from a bottle is such a bitch I don’t know why girls do it.
Anyway, while I’m not a bottle-blonde, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve on maintaining this level of brightness throughout the summer and believe it or not… they’re all good for your hair and actually help to promote hair growth. Awesome, right? I know. I’ve put together this little list of secrets for all of you ladies out there looking to use the summer sun as a way to lighten your locks naturally without doing any damage at all, and the best part is? These tips will even work for brunettes by helping to enhance whatever light undertone you have running through your hair…don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone that you’d rather be blonde. I get it.
Trick #1: Lemon Juice
Believe it or not, lemon juice is the single best way to naturally lighten your hair…plus fun bonus: you’ll smell delicious. Grab yourself a few lemons during your next trip to the supermarket and juice them into a spray bottle. Technically I think you’re supposed to dilute the stuff with water but hey, I don’t. I add a little water just to loosen up some of the pulp and go to town soaking my head before going out onto the beach/pool/lake/whatever. Apparently, the citric acid that’s in natural lemon juice will open up the hair cuticle when activated by the heat of the sun and will help pull out color from the strands. I don’t know if all of that is true, but I promise you that this is the single fastest way to lighten your hair naturally out there, I love it and I swear by it!
Trick #2: Beer
No, not to drink (this time) but to actually shampoo your hair with the stuff. This method is actually best for remedying that damaged hair you’ve got goin’ on like I mentioned before, because the B vitamins and proteins found in beer help to repair broken strands. Grab a few bottles of your favorite Lite and rinse your hair thoroughly with it, shampooing out when done. Use this method a few times a week and gradually you’ll notice a change in shade! The beer shampoo works best on darker blondes to light brunettes as it’ll most likely stain your hair darker if you’re as light as me (but I’m not speaking from experience or anything………thankfully I did this method first so I could fix it with the lemon juice approach).
Trick #3: Chamomile Tea
Yet another good trick for light brunettes looking to go blonde, steep a few bags of your favorite Chamomile tea into a bowl of water. Once it’s cool, shampoo and condition your hair as normal then follow with a good rinse of the cooled brew. You’ll notice over time that the tea will enhance the light strands running through your hair and add fantastic shine to your mane.
Again, while the results of these at-home DIYs won’t be as apparent as when you pay a thousand bucks at the salon for real highlights…these are a pretty good substitution! Save your money (and your hair) and opt for these low cost remedies for a fraction of the price during the summer months, you’d be surprised at the results.
Do you have any DIY highlighting recipes to share?