All-Natural How To: Damage-Free Summer Highlights , 1 Comment

We all know that SPF (whether it comes in a wash, spray, or powder) is essential for maintaining the color of your locks throughout the summer. But what if you're one of those people (like myself) who loves the sun-bleached look? Who doesn't want to pay for expensive (and chemical-ridden) highlights? Who loves to spend time outdoors, but isn't necessarily a fan of enormous sun hats? Ladies, you're in luck! I am one of you, and I have found 3 simple, DIY highlighting processes that will get your hair goddess-quality color!

OPTION 1: This is my "cop-out" option. When I don't have the (insignificant) amount of time to conjure up the 2 selections below, I go for this one. And it's as simple as opening up your fridge! Grab a chilled pale lager, pour it over your strands, and step outside for 20 minutes of sunshine. I'm particular to Corona (it's probably the scent that reminds me of college summers at the beach), but an organic beer is your best bet. Beer is made with hops & malt (aka protein), which is great for rebuilding your strands. Not only that, the B vitamins found in beer are also engineered for boosting shine. Hello, beautiful!

OPTION 2: This is my particular favorite of all my highlighting tricks. Put a kettle on the stove, heat up enough water to thoroughly drench your mane (this will vary depending on length & thickness), and then drop 2-4 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers in once it's boiling. Allow it to steep for at least 10 minutes (I usually do 15), then scoop out the flowers and allow the tincture to reach room temperature. Pour over your hair, and get 20 minutes of sunlight. Chamomile tea is full of antioxidants, and will also soothe itchy scalps. 

OPTION 3: Scrounge up a clean spray bottle (airport-approved, 3-ounce containers are ideal), and fill it with a mixture that is one part fresh-squeezed lemon juice, one part sweet almond oil, and one part water. Shake it up, spray it on until your hair is well-saturated, and get outside for the next 20 minutes! It's as simple as that! The lemon juice works to cleanse your hair & scalp of product build-up, and the sweet almond oil nourishes and helps repair damage. Win-win!

No matter which of the choices above you decide to try, you will end up with beautiful, naturally-highlighted hair! After the requisite 20 minutes of sun exposure, use a sulfate-free shampoo (like ILĀ SHAMPOO FOR REVITALIZING HAIR) to clean your strands, then get ready to turn heads!

Oh, and by the way, those are my sunny locks on vacation in Spain!

- Maria Vasylivna