Lightening is one of the most popular hairdressing procedures associated with changing hair color. A side effect of the use of industrial dyes, even those having a lower content of ammonia, is dryness, brittleness and loss of natural shine by the hair. To avoid this, it is recommended to use natural means of lightening that preserve the beauty and health of the curls.
Home hair clarification involves the use of natural ingredients that will not only change the color, but also protect the hair from deep damage to its structure.
However, it is important not to forget that natural remedies for lightening hair can harm them with a thoughtless and not knowing measure.
So, with excessively dry, damaged and brittle hair, you should avoid using undiluted lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide. To soften the effect of the mixture with such components and simultaneously heal the hair can be by adding olive oil to the mask.
Brunettes should pay attention to the fact that natural dyes are softer than industrial hair dyes, often have a cumulative effect and allow the hair to lighten no more than 1-2 tones.
But the huge advantage of home remedies for staining is that the hair looks healthy, lively, lush and shiny after the lightening.
Brightening mask with saffron and chamomile
To prepare the mask use 30-50 g inflorescences of chamomile: the number of colors depends on the length of the hair. Chamomile is poured a glass of boiling water, placed on a water bath and boiled on the smallest fire 15-20 minutes.
Cooled broth filter and add to it the juice of one lemon, 2-3 pinch of saffron and 5 drops of essential oil of lavender. If the hair is very dry, then add 1-2 tablespoons of burdock or olive oil to the mixture.
If the mask is to be used on healthy and strong hair, 1-1,5 addition of tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide is allowed, providing deeper penetration into the hair color of the pigment.
The mask is applied to damp, clean hair, warmed with a polyethylene cap and a towel, left to act for 40-60 minutes. Periodicity of repeating the procedure 1-2 times a week.
It is important to remember that hard and coarse hair is more difficult to brighten with natural dyes, so it may take a long time to achieve the desired effect.
Clarifying hair with glycerin
Glycerin mask has a cumulative effect and is best manifested in blonde hair. But the huge advantage of using glycerin lies in its caring properties: the hair after dulling becomes obedient, silky and soft to the touch, easier to comb and fit into the hairstyle.
The basis of the mask is a chamomile broth: 2-3 st.l. flowers pour 0,5 l of boiling water and insist under the lid 1,5-2 hours. 60 ml of glycerin is heated in a water bath and added to the cooled infusion.
The mask is applied to damp hair, warmed with a polyethylene cap and a towel, kept on the hair for 1-1,5 hours. If possible, then the mixture should be left overnight, washed off with warm water in the morning and rinsed with chamomile broth.
If the hair is healthy and not prone to dryness, then the action of the glycerin clarifying mask can be enhanced by adding several packages of ascorbic acid and lemon juice.
Lightening the hair with cinnamon
When using cinnamon mask, remember that in addition to lightening, it is possible to obtain a weak copper shade on the hair.
In addition, for the preparation of a clarifying mask, it is important to use non-metallic containers. The metal can react with the components of the masks and, as a result, give the hair a greenish tinge.
2 tbsp. Natural honey is slightly heated in a water bath and diluted with 1 st.l. distilled water. To the resulting mixture add 3 st.l. powdered cinnamon, 3.st.l. a good conditioner for hair and 3 st.l. lemon juice.
The mask is applied to clean damp hair, evenly distributed throughout the length of the hair, warmed with a cap and a towel. The minimum exposure time of the mask is 3-4 hours. The greatest effect of lightening can be achieved when exposed to a mask for 8-10 hours.
Owners of dry and damaged hair are recommended to add a few spoons of olive oil or 1-2 egg yolks to the mask.
After washing off the cinnamon mask, it is recommended to rinse the hair with a decoction of camomile flowers. The recommended frequency of application of the clarifying mixture is 1 times in 10 days.
It is important to remember that you can achieve a clarifying and healthful effect only if the real cinnamon is used to make the mask, and not its counterpart – cassia, which is most often found in our stores.
To distinguish the ground cinnamon from cassia can be a simple way – dropping on the powder a little iodine. Cassia will turn into a rich bright blue color, the real cinnamon will acquire a faint bluish tinge.
The sticks of this cinnamon are tightly twisted on both sides, have a fairly brittle structure, easily break.
The cassia bark sticks are rather thick, they can only be twisted on one side or not have curls at all. The inner part of the cassia bark usually has a gray or darker color than the outer part, can have an uneven surface and an irregular shape.