If you look around, nature has so much to offer.
Yes you can even highlight your hair to the glowing shades of gold or copper using common kitchen ingredients.
The most popular DIY hair highlighters are lemon juice, baking soda, salt and staying in sun. But too much of any of them can be drying and/or damaging to your hair.
If you want to lighten your hair but don’t want to damage them, use Chamomile
This beautiful fragrant flower gives a really beautiful golden tint to the hair so if you are blonde then your hair will be much more brighter and radiant and if you have brown hair, it will become 2 or 3 shades lighter.
Colouring properties of chamomile: chamomile contains a special pigment called apigenin, which gives hair a golden tint. Out of the two varieties of chamomile – German and Roman – German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) contain a higher concentration of the colour producing substance.
Chamomile is also a superb hair tonic and works to nourish and strengthen the hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.
You can even use chamomile in place of your regular condition as it helps to soften and moisturise the hair and restores its natural shine. Besides, chamomile is also used to soothe the itchy scalp and may help with dandruff.
Another safe natural hair lightener is lime peel. A mild astringent, lime peel adds luster to dull hair and helps to purify the scalp skin.
The two together – chamomile and lime peel – work really well to lighten your hair, whilst keeping it looking healthy, strong and shiny.
Lighten Your Hair Naturally
To lighten your hair, simply brew some chamomile and lime peel tea. You can also add other herbs such as calendula, oat-straw, mullein, and rhubarb to create blond hair tones. And if you desire copper tones you can add some marigold (gendha phul) or henna to this tea.
1 tablespoon dried german chamomile flowers (double the quantity if using fresh)
1 teaspoon lime/ lemon peel
1 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon calendula flowers (moisturises dry, coarse hair)
1 teaspoon oatstraw (promotes softness, body and shine)
1 teaspoon light oil such as almond or grapeseed (use for dry hair)
How to make:
Boil the water to a boil, reduce the heat and add chamomile and lemon peel (and other herbs if using). Cover the pan and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it steep until cool. Strain and use.
How to use:
You can use this chamomile infusion 2 ways:
1. Hair lightening hair rinse: Slowly pour it over your wet hair, and massage the infusion into your hair and scalp. Leave the rinse on for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing out. For extra boost, just leave-in and let your hair dry naturally.
With repeated use, it will subtly lighten the colour of your hair and bring out natural highlights.
Rinse tip: Catch the dripping in a bowl and reapply several times. You can also use squeeze bottle for easy application and even distribution. You can find them at beauty store or online.
2. Hair lightening hair Spray: Pour the infusion in a spray bottle and spritz your hair and scalp and leave on. Repeat every day or every other day.
Storage: Keep refrigerated and it will stay good for a week or two.
Replacing lime peel with lime juice is not a good idea
Lime peel powder
Lime peel powder to lighten your hair
Lime juice is good for hair, but not good for repeated use. If you want to use this rinse frequently, lime juice can be very drying for your hair and may cause it to become rough over time.
Also, if you want to choose between lime and lemon, choose lime, as it is more beneficial for the hair.
To the right → my mother-in-law sent me this jar full of lime peel powder. And it’s homemade
You can make your own lime/lemon peel powder by simply drying out the peels and then grind them in the grinder. Or you can also buy them here.
Enjoy Your Goldilocks!