I’ve recently been pondering the thought of lightening my hair. I have no idea what color but the black is getting old and I want something new and fresh for the summer.
I’m very nervous about lightening my hair because as you all know my permed hair broke off years ago when I experimented with permanent coloring. However, I am confident that my hair is at its strongest and is prepared to go through the coloring process again. I love the light reddish tint that I get from henna-ing my hair every couple of months. I would love something aubronish brown (if that makes sense) lol
I started researching natural ways to lighten hair and came across this fantastic article via www.typef.com. The article speaks of ‘The best essential oils for lightening natural hair.”
Lemon oil is pressed from the skin of the common lemon fruit, Citrus limon. Natural beauty author Dina Falconi recommends it for use in hair-lightening shampoos and rinses. Lemon essential oil also pulls double-duty as a grease-fighter for people with oily hair. If you have dry or damaged hair, lemon oil may be overly drying. Citrus oils can make skin more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid getting lemon oil on your exposed scalp or hairline.
Grapefruit oil carries many of the same pros and cons as lemon oil. Like lemon oil, grapefruit oil comes from the pressed skin of a citrus fruit, in this case the common grapefruit, Citrus paradise. And like lemon oil, grapefruit oil can be over-drying for some hair types. It also also puts you at risk of phototoxic exposure if not used carefully. On the bright side, grapefruit oil lightens hair and puts oily glands in their place. Along with those charms, most people find grapefruit essential oil’s aroma uplifting and energizing – a great attribute for the morning shower. Falconi recommends combining grapefruit and lemon oils in hair-lightening shampoos, rinses and oil treatments..
Chamomile’s tradition of lightening blonde hair goes back centuries, when women infused the daisy-like flower’s fresh or dried petals to make a lightening rinse. Of the chamomile oils produced today, Roman chamomile is best suited for hair products. Roman chamomile oil is distilled from the flowers of the perennial chamomile plant Arthemis nobilis. Because it lightens without drying or over-moisturizing hair, Roman chamomile oil is a good choice for people of all hair types.
I will most definitely be incorporating these oils into my regimen to see what kind of results I will get before going the permanent route of coloring my hair.
The article continues by giving the best techniques of using the above oils:
Add lemon, grapefruit or chamomile essential oils directly to your favorite mild shampoo at a rate of about 30 to 40 drops for every 8 ounces of shampoo. Or place one or two drops of one of these brightening essential oils onto your hairbrush before brushing your hair from scalp to ends. Never put the oil in your hands first, because the highly concentrated oils can irritate exposed skin. You may also add two to three drops of essential oils to 2 cups of water or cooled chamomile tea. Use this infused water to rinse hair after shampooing. Finally, consider adding a few drops of lemon, grapefruit or chamomile oil to a hot oil treatment.
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