Hit the hallways with naturally gorgeous highlights

Want gorgeous, surfer-girl color without a trip to the salon? All you need is some sunshine and a trip to the kitchen. Read on for the best ways to naturally lighten your locks, then hit the halls looking like you just summered in San Juan.
Warning: If you don't have naturally blonde or light brown hair, steer clear. These tricks will turn dark brown or black strands bright orange!

1.) Lemon

Using lemon juice to lighten your locks is a classic go-to, but it can cause some serious damage to your hair. Solve the problem by putting 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 cups water into a spray bottle, shaking it up and lightly mist your dampened hair. Then, slap on some sunscreen and sit in the sun for about 30 minutes before going inside and rinsing your hair with moisturizing conditioner. This way, your hair gradually lightens in the sun’s rays but stays strong and healthy, not straw-like.

2.) Apple cider vinegar

If you prefer a more home-grown solution for tinting your tresses, combine apple cider vinegar with water (we recommend boiling 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons vinegar). After you shampoo, douse your hair in the cooled mixture, then wait for about 10 minutes before returning to the shower to rinse. This technique is gentle (great for delicate hair), but you may need to repeat the process multiple times to get results. 

3.) Honey

If you have heart eyes for a honey-blonde color, pick up a bottle of actual honey! Mix 1 cup of honey and ¼ cup water, then let it sit for about 45 minutes. Drape a towel over your shoulders and begin massaging the mixture through your strands, then put your hair into a plastic shower cap and let it sit for about two hours (the longer the mixture is in, the lighter the results). Once it has set, rinse out with warm water, then shampoo and condition as normal.

4.) Tea

Chamomile tea is known for being sweet and soothing for the soul, but it can also brighten up your mane. Its golden hue gradually lightens hair, making it perfect for brunettes. Brew up a pot of tea and let it cool. Then, after washing your hair, rinse it with the chilled tea. Hello, blonde beauty.

What natural methods do you use on your hair? What last-minute beauty changes will you make in the next few weeks? Let us know below!


by Kelly Myslinski | 2/1/2016