So you want to lighten your black hair or add reddish or burgundy highlights and you are wary of going through the whole hair dying process, especially since you know that dying the hair with synthetic dyes comes with a whole host of chemicals that can strip and make your hair look awful in the long run. Well, I wanted to do the same thing myself and I have tried the following three methods and they really make the hair lighter or add highlights
At first I was skeptical because I could barely see any difference at my first try, except if I went into the sun and turned the mirror at certain angles to get the glimpse of a lighter color. I was a royal pest to my husband after trying the following recipes after the first couple times but then something miraculous happened, I could see the color change for myself, after three or so applications. These ingredients are completely natural and they are actually good for you and your hair.
Yes, the same cinnamon that can be found in the supermarket spice isle. Some persons use the sticks or the powdered version. Who knew that this sweet smelling spice was a mild hair bleacher and to top it all off it smells very good. Additionally, cinnamon is not only known for its bleaching effects, it has a ton of health benefits. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Several studies suggest that 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower cholesterol. It has a regulatory effect on blood sugar, it can relieve arthritis pain, and it inhibits bacterial growth in food and smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
How To Use Cinnamon To Lighten Hair
After trying several versions of this recipe, this one seems to work the best.
1-cup deep conditioner (moisturizing)
1-cup honey (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Cinnamon (organic)
Mix together all the ingredients and apply to damp hair, concentrate on the areas that you want highlights or just apply all over. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and leave on hair for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Wash out thoroughly; little cinnamon granules can be caught in the hair so washing will take a while. After three to four applications the hair will be noticeably lighter.
Honey is optional because without using it, the hair is still lightened, however, honey adds moisture and it hastens the lightening process. Expect the mixture to smell really good.
For Red Highlights
This will involve the use of hibiscus or Jamaica sorrel. This is sold dried in health food stores or ethnic stores. In October to March, persons living n tropical countries can get this flower fresh. The color is a rich red and it can give you beautiful red highlights when used in hair. Jamaican sorrel prevents hair loss, enhances hair growth, discourages split ends and thickens hair.
2 cups Jamaican sorrel (dried or fresh)
2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
Directions: In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil pour it over the sorrel and cover the container (preferably non-aluminum). Let it soak for three or more hours or overnight.
Strain off the water, it should be a rich red color. Add the honey to the water. After shampooing hair, pour the liquid over the hair, massage in the scalp ensuring that all areas are covered. Wrap with a plastic cap and leave in hair for an hour or more.
Variation: Add a tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture, for quicker red highlights.
Caution: This mixture can stain your counter tops or clothes so make the necessary preparation to avoid this.
For Burgundy Highlights
This will involve the use of Beets. Beets are rich in antioxidants, iron, folates, Vitamin B’s and C. Very useful vegetable to have around both internally and externally. To use as a dye for hair the process is simple.
1/2 Tbsp water
1-cup deep conditioner (moisturizing
Directions: If you have a juicer, run the beets through the juicer. You will get pure rich red liquid. Add liquid to conditioner slowly. Do not let it become too runny. On damp hair, preferably after a shampoo, massage the mixture from the root of the hair to the tip. Leave on for 3 to four hours under a plastic cap or overnight for a deeper richer color. After three to four applications the color should be more obvious.
Variation: If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender, heat up the water and add to chopped beets in blender. Make sure you blend the beets as smooth as you can, strain and then proceed as above.