All Natural Hair Lighteners ~ DIY Homemade Recipes!

Who remember's buying "Sun In" as a teenager? Way before I ever visited a salon or started bleaching my hair until it was like straw, I used "Sun In". For those who don't know, this is a spray on highlighter that is activated by the sun. It provided a subtle hightlight that made me feel like JLo on an MTV Music Awards carpet with P. Diddy. LOL!













Instead of using store bought products, give some all natural homemade recipes a try first. Below are just a handful of DIY's for you to try.

Lemon Juice Highlights: 
This will provide subtle, sun-kissed highlights. 

Ingredients/Tools:
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 3/4 of a cup water 
  • Spray bottle 

Directions:
Mix ingredients together and spray into your hair, making sure not to saturate your scalp. Go sit in the sun for about a half hour, (make sure none of the lemon juice is on your skin when you sit out). Return to the shade and let the mixture sit for another hour and a half. Rinse out in the shower and condition as normal. 

Honey & Lemon Juice Highlights:
This will provide natural looking highlights and give hair a shiny, full look. 

Ingredients/Tools:
  • Spray Bottle
  • 1/3 spray bottle full of honey 
  • 1/3 spray bottle full of lemon juice
  • 1/3 spray bottle full of water
Directions:
Wet your hair until damp. Spray the mixture all throughout hair and sit in the sun for an hour to "develop" the highlights. Wash thoroughly until you remove all the honey. 

Vodka & Seltzer Highlighter:
This will lighten hair without that nasty orange after tone. It also helps to get rid of red brassy tones in your hair. 

Ingredients/Tools:
  • 1/3 cup Vodka
  • 2/3 cup Seltzer
  • Spray Bottle
Directions:
Combine vodka and seltzer in a spray bottle and spritz throughout your hair. Tie hair in to a braid or wrap into a bun. Go soak up some sun. This can be done while you're on the go doing your day to day errands. The vodka smell goes away don't worry :)

Rum & Seltzer Highlighter:
This will provide caramel color highlights without brassiness. 

Ingredients/Tools:
  • 1/3 cup Rum
  • 2/3 cup Seltzer
  • Spray Bottle
Directions:
Combine rum and seltzer in a spray bottle and spritz throughout your hair. Tie hair in to a braid or wrap into a bun. Go soak up some sun. This can also be done while you're on the go doing your day to day errands. Just as the vodka, the rum smell also does go away. 

"Ombre-Like" Highlighter:
This will lighten the hair pretty drastically compared to the other recipes. This one was a recommendation from my sister, who did this to her hair from mid-shaft to ends, thus creating an "ombre" effect.  

Ingredients/Tools:
  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Bowl 
Directions:
Brush out hair to ensure you have no tangles. Mix together apple cider vinegar and baking soda first in the bowl. You will notice it fizzle. Then add in the 1/2 cup of water. Mix well until baking soda is well incorporated, as it tends to just sink to the bottom. Scoop out product using your hands and saturate hair from mid-shaft to ends, making sure to rub in the mixture well. It's almost as if you are "shampooing" it into the hair. Allow this to sit in your hair for 15 - 20 minutes depending upon the amount of lightness desired. After the time is up, rinse well from hair using lukewarm water. DO NOT SHAMPOO! Condition as you normally would.

Olive Oil Highlighter:
We all know that olive oil makes an awesome conditioning treatment, but I just found out it can highlight your hair also! Talk about killing two birds with one stone!  

Ingredients/Tools:
  • Olive Oil (enough to cover the amount of hair you'd like highlighted)
  • Comb
Directions:
Rub olive oil on the strands of hair you'd like highlighted. Comb through from roots to ends. Go rest in the sun for about one hour. After the hour is up, wash hair thoroughly. It may take a few shampoos to remove all the oil. Condition as normal and enjoy your new smooth, soft, sun-kissed locks :)


Have other recipes to add? Comment below! 

XOXO - Angel Lee

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