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Lighten up! Natural highlights are easier than you think

If your hair lightens naturally in the sun, your highlights from last year are probably long gone. Well, lighten up, because adding highlights to your hair naturally is easier than you think.

Women have been using all kinds of natural ingredients to lighten their hair for decades. Keep in mind that these tricks work best on hair that already gets highlights naturally – anything from ash blond to a light chestnut brown. Testing these concoctions on a small section of hair at the nape of your neck usually a good idea before you apply them to your whole head, just to find out how the ingredients react with your particular hair color and type.

Lemon

Mix one cup of lemon juice with 1/4 cup warm water, then spray, comb or massage into your hair. Let the concoction dry in the sun for about 30 to 60 minutes, or use a hair dryer. The acid in the lemon juice lightens pigments in your hair, but also dries it out. Follow up your lemon process with a deep conditioner or hair mask.

Chamomile

Make a cream rinse out of tea and yogurt! Make tea with one cup of water and 8 chamomile tea bags, allowing them to steep for 15 minutes. Cool the tea, remove the bags, and mix in one cup of plain yogurt. Massage the mixture into your hair, covering all strands, then cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Wash the mixture off entirely, and let hair dry naturally. You can repeat this process as many times as you need to lighten up.

Honey

You probably remember the days when hydrogen peroxide was the go-to for getting blonde hair. Well, a type of this chemical actually forms in honey naturally. To get the lightening effects, you must dilute honey in distilled water. Distilled water is key because of the way its pH brings out the hydrogen peroxide – some tap waters have minerals that can decompose this component. After you have mixed the honey with water, allow it to sit for an hour at room temperature. Apply the diluted honey to freshly washed hair, either all throughout or in streaks. Cover your hair with a shower cap or rubber swim cap and leave on for about an hour, adding no heat from the sun or a dryer.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.