Summer highlights: Lightening Hair Naturally
Hair dying is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. Recent statistics show that about 69% of American women feel more attractive after getting their hair dyed. Another interesting study tells us that 50% of women use hair dying and hair lightening products regularly, and the average age when they start doing this is 27 years old. Also, statistically, the hair lightening dyes are more popular than other colors in the United States.
However, many of the products used in salons or from the drugstore contain toxic chemicals. Overuse of these chemicals can seriously hurt your hair, making it brittle, dry, and easily breakable. Since natural looking highlights, especially those done in balayage or ombre treatments, is really popular these days, it’s important to be aware of the products used on your hair to lighten it without sacrificing hair health. While you can find salons that use natural and plant based treatments, going to the salon can be very expensive. With the following home-based treatments, you can create lighter hair, without spending a lot or using harsh toxins.
Conventional ways to lighten hair
The latest fashion trends claim that natural and bleached blonde hair is still the most popular color of hair to have. That may explain why many young women are eager to sun-bleach their locks to look like their favorite actresses and icons of beauty and fashion. For this purpose, they can buy a bleach hair dye and even use it at home, without visiting a professional salon. However, these conventional hair dyes can bring more sadness than joy.
According to WebMD and StyleCraze.Com, practically all cosmetic bleach hair dyes (unless they’re natural) are based on the hydroxide peroxide, capable of changing the color from dark to blonde in an hour. Most manufacturers of hydroxide peroxide based bleaches for hair claim that this chemical is harmless if diluted by other components added to the hair dyes.
How does hydroxide peroxide in a hair lightener act? This chemical can give you light hair by entering the hair shaft and releasing oxygen. Due to this effect, the natural hair pigments are broken. In addition to a color pigment also contained in a hair dye, the hydrogen peroxide can help achieve the desired hair color.
Possible dangers of conventional hair dyes
The bleaching process seems quite simple but is it safe? The answer is largely no. Bleaching hair with artificial dyes based on hydrogen peroxide may cause severe side effects like:
- Long-term allergic reactions causing itchy and red scalp, hair breakage and loss, conjunctivitis and headaches;
- Conventional hair dyes aren’t recommended to pregnant and breastfeeding women. They should look for alternative ways to lighten hair naturally;
- Ammonia that is frequently added to hair dyes, along with hydrogen peroxide, can create a corrosive effect on hair;
- Any chemicals in dyes can change the hair’s structure and texture, making it frizzy, less elastic, and affecting its length and follicles.
What can you use as a natural hair bleach?
Those men and women who just want to lighten hair slightly, without bleaching it to blonde, can follow a few tips given by Dr. Josh Axe. The popular expert in natural remedies recommends bleaching hair at home in the following ways:
- Chamomile can protect you from dandruff and make hair more radiant and shiny;
- Henna can make your hair stronger and provide some reddish highlights to dark hair;
- Baking soda is not just capable of naturally lightening hair but can also whiten your teeth;
- Sea salt can reduce the oily substances on hair. Also, it is commonly added to hair lightening sprays;
- Lemons are another unexpected natural remedy for lightening hair because of bleaching components.
Natural hair lightening recipes
To bleach hair at home, you can use all the above-mentioned components mixed in different versions. However, if you don’t want to experiment with your hair and wish to get positive results after the first use of a natural hair lightener, you may stick to these recipes:
Chamomile rinse as natural hair lightener
- steep the chamomile tea from 5 tea bags in 2 cups of hot water;
- let it steep for 15 minutes;
- then let the tea cool down;
- the tea should be put in a container to make it easier for pouring on the scalp;
- rinse your hair with this tea;
- shampoo and condition your hair with the favorite products;
- after the final rinse, let the hair air-dry out.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for shiny and naturally light hair
- consider combining a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with a half cup of distilled water;
- you may use this mixture as a natural hair lightening spray or simply apply to the strands by means of a cotton ball;
- leave the mixture for 30 minutes;
- rinse it off with warm water.
Sea salt rinse
- try mixing 1 tablespoon of sea salt with a ½ cup of warm water;
- apply this mixture to your hair;
- leave the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes;
- rinse it off to get a sexy beach look like your hair was lightened naturally by sun.
Lightening hair with henna
- you need to mix 3 tablespoons of henna powder with a ½ cup of hot boiling water;
- let this mixture sit during one night;
- in the morning apply the mixture to your hair;
- leave it for 2-3 hours;
- rinse off the mixture with warm water.
The DIY baking soda shampoo
- in this case, to lighten your hair you need to combine a 1/3 cup of baking soda and a little warm water. Consider taking more baking soda if you have long and thick hair;
- if you do it right, there will be a thick paste;
- apply to the hair;
- leave it on your hair for 15 minutes;
- rinse with warm water;
- then shampoo and condition your hair with your favorite product;
Lemon juice and water for a natural hair bleach
- for gentle hair lightening, you may mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with a half gallon of water. To achieve a stronger bleaching effect, you can dilute 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 cups of water;
- alternatively, you may use a lemon essential oil to prolong the bleaching effect – take no more than a few drops for 2 cups of water;
- apply this mixture to hair;
- leave it for 20 minutes;
- rinse with warm water.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as the best hair lightener. Artificial hair dyes can give long-term effects but with severe side effects, while natural hair lightening products can deliver a safe bleach effect for a very short period of time. Choose what you prefer better and consider visiting a professional hair salon if you have never dyed hair on your own.