Dark hair is beautiful, however there are times you might want to make a change and go a few shades lighter. Maybe for that great summer’s look or you may want it remain lighter throughout. Unfortunately with the adverse effects of using chemical dyes to achieve this, you most preferably want to use natural methods to lighten up your mane, just to ensure you stick to the safe side.
Below are 5 great ways to naturally lighten your hair;
Lemon – Making use of lemon juice in your effort to give your hair a lighter shade is a really effective plan. Two tablespoons of lemon juice in a cup of water are enough to make a difference. You may also add oil to the mixture to maintain moisture. Spraying is the best way to apply, after which you should go out in the sun for at least two hours. Te sun bleaches your hair naturally, without adding any reddish tones.
Honey – Apart from being a great natural hair nourishment and moisturizer, it is an efficient lightener too. It is known to contain traces of hydrogen peroxide, a renowned bleaching agent. You can either apply it directly, or you may opt to loosen it with water. Adding Olive oil is advisable, for better results. After applying, cover the hair with a shower cap for 30 to 40 minutes and rinse with warm water and a little shampoo. Doing this for a while will leave you with shiny, lighter hair.
Dilute Hydrogen Peroxide – It is really fast in producing results. I would highly recommend it to someone who wants an abrupt change from dark to light hair. All you need to do is dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio and check after 15 to 20 minutes. If you already got the shade you want, rinse thoroughly with water. To maintain the shade, repeat the application on a regular basis, preferably daily.
Chamomile tea – This is a surprisingly effective hair lightener. You simply need to prepare a strong cup of it and wait for it to cool before straining the liquid. Apply the liquid to your hair and let it dry naturally in the sun for about 30 minutes, for a speedy lightening process. You should avoid using shampoo immediately after applying this lightener, for effective lightening.
Vinegar – This is the best way to go for those who believe in the power of time in change and love to see things take a gradual turn, their appearance included. Vinegar, if allowed sufficient time and used with unwavering patience, is an efficient hair lightener. Mix Apple cider vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:6 and rinse your hair with the mixture, then allow it at least 15 minutes, before rinsing. Repeating this on a regular basis will give you amazing results. Above lightening, Vinegar cleans out chemical buildup and has a sweet scent.
The advantage of using natural lighteners for your dark hair is the assurance that you are absolutely free of adverse and side effects. It is also important to note that the sun is the best natural lightener, so going out in the sun after applying lighteners is a prudent way of speeding up the lightning process.
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