I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for safer and more natural alternatives to my beauty routine and trying to find ways to keep my summer hair through the fall. A few years ago, I committed to being as natural as possible, but I still love all things fashion and beauty.
I used to highlight my hair religiously, every six weeks. Platinum blond for me (I guess technically that was more than just highlights)!
Now I love my natural dirty blond color, but I still like brightening up my locks without chemicals.
You probably remember hearing that lemon juice will lighten blond hair if applied before heading out in the sun, but the downfall is that it dries your hair out. Dry hair is not exactly pretty. So try out this simple recipe instead, which will nourish your hair while adding some highlights.
Note: this recipe is meant for blondes. If your hair is brown, the lemon juice could turn your brown hair orange-ish, which is fine if that is the look you’re going for. But I wanted you to know first that there are different recipes for brunettes and this highlight recipe works specifically on blond hair.
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
Melt the coconut oil slowly over low heat so that you don’t burn yourself, warming it only until the oil is liquid. Remove from heat and add in the juice of one half of a lemon. Start applying the mixture with a pastry brush to the strands you want to lighten.
If you want all over highlights, then massage it on your scalp and through your hair.
Go outside for at least 30 minutes with your hair exposed. Adding this much coconut oil can make your hair look oily, so this is not a look you go out in. (It’s more of a read-a-book-in-your-backyard look.)
Be sure to thoroughly wash your hair afterward.
- Lemons cut through the grime on your hair making it appear silky and shiny.
- Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for silky hair.
- It’s believed that this combination applied lightly to your scalp promotes hair growth.
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