With summer on it’s way, many women are gearing up to say goodbye to their dark winter do in favour of something lighter and brighter.
While going lighter for summer is high on many women’s wishlists, the price tag that comes with going blonde for summer is enough to make even the strongest of women shed a tear.
The good news however is that going lighter for summer need not cost an arm and a leg, because there are a few very simple DIY ways that you can lighten your hair at home – and no, thankfully they do not involve a dodgy home bleach job.
The gentlest of all essential oils, if your hair is colour-treated or damaged, using chamomile to lighten your hair is the way to go. Fill a large cup with boiling water and brew a chamomile tea bag for 10 minutes. Once the tea has cooled, simply pour the tea over your hair and leave it to soak into your hair overnight. If you are aiming for a much lighter style, repeat the process every day until your hair reaches your desired colour.
Lemon is basically a natural form of bleach and is of course a whole lot better for your hair than a nasty bottle of toilet cleaner. To lighten your hair with lemon, simply ‘paint’ the lemon onto your hair, focusing on small sections at the crown of your head and the strands that frame your face. If you are looking for more of an overall lightening, mix two tablespoons of lemon juice into a cup of warm water, applying the liquid to your hair evenly throughout. After you’ve applied the lemon, sit out in the sun for awhile to allow the heat to work it’s magic on the lemon. Make sure you follow up with a moisturising treatment, as the acid in the lemon can dry your hair slightly.
This one is a personal favourite of mine! Mix one part vodka with two parts soda water, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. As with the lemon mixture, go and sit in the sun for awhile and allow the hair cocktail to soak into your locks. Apparently, the clear blue tones of the vodka work to eliminate any brassiness that you may have in your hair, while the alcohol and sun lift the natural pigment of your hair. An added bonus – you can drink the leftover mixture!