She was what we used to call a suicide blonde
Dyed by her own hand
Does your blonde hair lacklustre and need a lift?
Or maybe its grown a shade darker over the years?
Or would you love some natural blonde highlights to give your hair a boost?
The great news is that you don’t have to go down the chemical route, there are several natural blonde hair recipes you can try.
First, choose your main lightening ingredient, this could be lemons, manuka honey, dried chamomile flowers, or a combination of all three.
Just keep in mind that hair lightening can cause excessive drying of hair, particularly with lemon juice.
Next, choose your distribution agent, this may be distilled warm water, botanical oil, apple cider vinegar, eggs or your favourite conditioner.
Now you can begin to get creative with these natural hair recipes:
Ingredients for blonde hair
Chamomile tea: Apigenin found in chamomile flowers has been used traditionally as a lightening agent. It can also stimulate the blood vessels and encourage hair growth, making it a great ingredient for hair.
Honey & Cinnamon: Honey contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide; interestingly, the darker the manuka honey, the more hydrogen peroxide. When honey is mixed with cinnamon and distilled water, it will develop and further increase its lightening properties. Honey is also a natural humectant bringing much need hydration to your hair.
Lemon juice: The citric acid found in lemon juice will accelerate the brightening process, especially under the sun.
Oil: Using coconut oil will help keep your hair moisturised throughout the process and release the hydrogen peroxide agents naturally found in the honey.
You can get creative with these ingredients with any of the following natural blonde hair recipes:
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup olive oil
- Mix the honey and olive oil thoroughly until smooth.
- Wet your hair thoroughly and then towel dry.
- Apply the mixture from root to tip, ensuring complete coverage.
- Wrap your hair with a towel or plastic shower cap.
- Leave the mixture on your hair for no less than 30 minutes. The longer, the lighter the result.
- Next rinse with warm water and shampoo and condition.
Adding strawberry highlights to blonde hair
- 1 tsp dried or fresh red hibiscus petals
- 1 tsp dried or fresh saffron
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 ceramic bowl
- 1 wooden spoon
- Bring the water to the boil
- Next, add the hibiscus and saffron to the boiling water and cover
- Allow the water to boil for 10 minutes, or until it has been reduced by half, it should be dark in colour
- Once reduced by half, lower the heat and leave the pot covered for a further 15 minutes
- Next, remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool until cold
- Once the mixture is cooled then strain
- Pour and spread out over your hair, allow to sink into the hair shaft
- Repeat the process if your hair has not absorbed enough of the colour
Natural blonde hairstreaks
- 1 tsp dried or fresh chamomile flowers
- 1 tbsp fresh or dried marigold petals
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups distilled water
- powdered kaolin
- 1 ceramic bowl
- 1 wooden spoon
- Add the water to the pan and bring it to a boil.
- Next, add the flowers to the water, and then let them simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and steep the flowers until they are cool.
- Check the water level, which should be reduced to about half; if not, continue boiling until it has reduced, then strain.
- Next, add in the fresh Lemon juice.
- Add kaolin clay and mix until it forms a sticky spreadable paste; if the paste is too dry, make more dye water.
- Cut the foil into strips, 1 inch wide by 3 inches in length, or longer if your hair requires it.
- Separate the hair you want to treat into 1/4 width strands.
- Cover the strips in the paste, then wrap the foil around the hair strands.
- Avoid getting paste on other hair you don’t want to dye; you want the streaks to look uniform, like natural blonde hair.
- Leave on for 20 minutes, and then check the strip until you have the desired result.
- Rinse out your hair and condition your hair as soon as you have rinsed out the paste because lemon juice is very astringent.
- Repeat the process until you get the desired result.
Be sure to paste all over the visible roots where the hair is darker, and be careful not to leave this recipe on longer than the recommended time; if you don’t get the desired results, you can always reapply later. It would help if you made enough paste, to begin with.
This is obviously going to come down to trial and error and how thick or thin your hair is.