How to Add Highlights to Your Hair Naturally at Home

Highlighting your hair can be done very easily and with little cost just by using natural ingredients you find in your kitchen cupboards. By adding a few simple steps to your daily routine, you can add highlights to your hair without the harsh chemicals found in hair dye or color. You do not need to pay a fortune at a salon and spend hours away from home. The natural ingredients I use will not stink up your house with chemicals, in fact, every one of them smells great! There is also no need for extra brushes, combs or foil, you have all the tools you need in your kitchen already. Additionally these are great steps to add to your routine during the months you spend more time indoors, as they help to keep the natural summer highlights all year long.

Lemon Shampoo:

You can make a daily highlighting shampoo by simply adding 6 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice to 1 cup of your regular shampoo and mix well. Depending on the length of your hair and how much shampoo you use within a 2-3 day period, you may want to half this recipe. It also helps to extend the life of the shampoo to store it in the refrigerator. I like to reuse a smaller shampoo bottle to store this blend in, as it fits on my refrigerator door nicely.

Honey Hair Treatment:

Massage about 1/4 to a 1/2 of a cup of Honey into your hair, depending on length, you may want to add more or less. You want to cover your hair completely, without having the honey drip all over your face and neck. Cover your head with a plastic bag and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. When you are done, it actually rinses out very easily. Follow up this treatment with your normal washing and conditioning routine. Honey is also a great conditioner and your hair will feel great after this treatment.

Olive Oil:

You can condition and highlight your hair at the same time with a few tablespoons of Olive Oil. Comb it though your hair and spend about 1/2 hour to an hour out in the sun. As with the honey treatment, you only want to add just enough to cover your hair without having it drip. You can add lemon juice as well. Mix 2 tablespoons Olive Oil with 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice and massage into your hair. Comb through your hair and head out into the sun.

Chamomile Tea:

Chamomile is a great finishing rinse to add to the end of your shower routine. Before getting in the shower make a cup of Chamomile tea using 1-2 tea bags and let it steep while you are in the shower. After you have washed and conditioned your hair, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse out with water, you want the tea to stay on your hair all day.

A few tips:

~ Have patience, all of these techniques take a bit of time before you see results, but once they start, you will simply be maintaining them.
~ Lemon juice will give you the fastest results.
* Olive oil takes the longest to see results, but is a great conditioner, so it is well worth it to add to your routine.
~ With both honey and olive oil, start by using less than you would think for your hair length, once they warm up from your natural body heat, they spread easily.
~ Don’t heat up the honey or olive oil before adding it to your hair, you could burn your hands or scalp…believe me on this one!

I have used every one of these techniques and can tell you that every one of them works and looks great. You just have to spend a few weeks getting used to adding any of these steps to your routine.

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