The main ingredient in honey that works for the benefit of our hair is the enzyme glucose oxidase. Its purpose is to break down sugars and protect them from spoilage. However, when you add water to honey, the trace enzyme produces hydrogen peroxide. Also, some spices, such as cinnamon or cardamom, may act in parallel with the properties of the peroxide in honey to activate the added brightening. When applying the honey mixture, spread it on damp hair so that the water further stimulates the whole process. To keep your hair moist and soaked, wrap it in a bun at the top of your head and cover with a bag. You will want to keep your hair that way for one to four hours, depending on how much you want it to lighten and how dark your existing color is. The heat can also help speed things up, so from time to time you can further heat the bag on your head with a hair dryer.
Although it is more commonly recognized as a natural ingredient for lightening teeth, baking soda can do the same for your hair. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with warm water. Look for the perfect blend with a consistency that isn’t too thick or too thin. Apply the mixture using a hair dye brush or a small wall paint brush to get the perfect DIY balayage. Select the strands you want to lighten, apply the mixture on them and wrap them in foil. Avoid hair roots and scalp, and focus on strands along the face and ends. As with any ingredient we have listed so far, the application of heat will speed up the lightening process when using baking soda.
As if anyone needs an extra excuse to visit the beach, experts suggest soaking your hair in salt, sea water and letting it dry in the sun. However, if you are nowhere near seawater, simply mix one tablespoon of sea salt with half a cup of warm water and leave the mixture in your hair to act for ten to twenty minutes.
This delicate little flower carries one beneficial pigment in its petals, and it is called apigenin. Apigenin creates a golden tone and automatically attaches to the surface of the hair when applied. Apply chamomile tea on damp hair and comb it with a wide-toothed comb. The lightening process will be activated by heat so you can sit in the sun or heat your hair with a hair dryer. The bonus is that chamomile has moisturizing properties that will leave your hair soft and shiny.
You don’t have to be afraid to combine any of the above treatments. They are all natural, and the extra effort can only increase your chances of achieving lighter hair.