I've been wanting to lighten my hair for a long time now (it is naturally dark brown). However.....dye boxes irritate my scalp, and I just don't feel like shelling out bills to get it done at the salon.
I bought some Herbatint herbal hair color in the shade 7D Golden Blonde... But... I'm not too keen on using this anymore after I read some mixed reviews on how it dries your hair out. Yeah, I think I'll wait on that.
Still determined, I figured I might as well try this the ALL natural way, instead of some herbal dye box that I'm too sketched out to use. So I went off to Safeway and got these ingredients for my homemade hair lightening concoction!
Lemon- the lemon acidity will lighten the hair pigment, but be careful because acid is extremely drying.
Chamomile- is a natural stain that lightens and brightens hair.
Honey- contains a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide which is known to have bleaching properties.
Now this was my first trial, so without thinking I steeped a shot glass worth of chamomile, mixed it with the juice of a lemon wedge....and attempted to use deep conditioner as a thickener. What a FAIL. The lemon caused the conditioner to congeal. What was I thinking? I added some coconut oil to protect my hair from the lemon. But yeah that didn't help with the coagulation. I ended up very slowly massaging the mixture into my hair because it was half liquid half cottage cheesy solid!
Even though this first time experiment with natural hair dying was a messy fail I am definitely interested in developing a more efficient, tidy method. We'll see how my hair is doing after a month!
But for now, I guess I'll have to survive with my dark hair the way it is :D