Chemical bleaching can dry out and damage hair because it strips the hair of its natural oils. The bleach exposes its user to harsh fumes and the skin absorbs toxic chemicals. However, there are homemade hair bleaching methods that can allow a person to lighten hair using natural ingredients that may already be in the cupboard. These homemade approaches are effective at lightening hair and serve as an excellent alternative to chemical hair bleach.
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Sun and Lemon Juice
The suns rays act as a natural lightener. They change the water content in the hair and rearrange the molecular structure of hair's pigments. This affects the way light is reflected and the density of colour pigments, producing a lighter hair colour. To intensify sun bleaching, rub a mixture of 2 Tbsp of lemon juice with 6 Tbsp water into hair while it is being exposed to sun.
Chamomile flower has long been noted for its bleaching abilities. Chamomile flowers or chamomile tea can be used to create a homemade hair bleaching rinse. Place 1/4 cup of chamomile flowers or two chamomile tea bags into 2 cups of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for at least 15 minutes or longer. The water will become infused with chamomile and once cooled it may be repeatedly poured onto hair, creating a natural hair bleaching rinse.
Cinnamon is not just a spice, but also an effective natural lightener. It works as sort of a natural hydrogen peroxide that lifts hair colour to a visibly lighter shade. Mix 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon with 1 cup of water, a 1/2 cup honey and 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil to create the homemade bleaching paste. Apply paste evenly through hair and allow to sit for a minimum of 4 hours to achieve a lighter hair colour.
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