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How to lighten your hair this summer without going to the salon

 

 

It’s officially summer time: the season of tan skin and light hair. Whether you’re lying by the pool, swimming in the ocean or cooling it in your backyard, almost all of us soak up the sun at some point this season. But while baking in the sun for hours isn’t the safest or smartest endeavor, we’re sharing the secret to lightening your hair without getting risky in the rays or going to the salon. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a couple hours of free time.

 

Method #1: Store bought spray

 

What you’ll need: 

  • John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray, $10, drugstore.com  
  • Brush or comb
  • Blow dryer
  • Flat iron

 

What you’ll do:

  1. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Comb your hair after getting out of the shower and allow your hair to air dry for three to five minutes.
  3. Apply the lightening spray all over your hair (TIP- flip your head upside down and spray the bottom layers of your hair to ensure the color comes out evenly).
  4. Once you have finished applying the spray, comb your hair to even out the product.
  5. Blow-dry your hair straight.
  6. After you dry your hair, touch up your hair with a flat iron.
  7. Repeat this process every other night for two weeks (for a total of 7 times).
 

The John Frieda Go Blonde Lightening Spray has received rave reviews from beauty gurus on YouTube and is an effective way to lighten your hair quickly without making a dent in your bank account. However, if you are hesitant to use a store-bought product, check out these all-natural methods instead.

 

Method #2: Honey Mixture

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • Hair dye application brush
  • Towel
  • Shower cap

 

What you’ll do:

  1. Add 4 parts honey and 1 part vinegar and mix well. This is the lightening mixture that you will apply to your hair.
  2. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 60 minutes.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair. Use the hair dye application brush to apply the mixture to your roots. Use your fingers to evenly spread it through your locks. Make sure to have a towel draped over your shoulders to protect your clothes!
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the honey sit in your hair for at least 2 hours. For maximum results, sleep with the honey in your hair.
  5. Wash the honey out of your hair with warm water, shampoo and conditioner.

 

Method #3: Lemon Juice Mixture

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Measuring cup

 

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix 1 cup of water with two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  2. Pour the lemon juice mixture into the spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture throughout your hair.
  4. Sit in the sun until the lemon juice dries or, if you would like to speed up the process, blow dry your hair.

 

Choose whichever method you personally prefer; both the honey method and lemon juice method are all-natural and will not damage your hair, so if one metho 

BY JORDAN STERN ON 7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

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