I know that summer is almost over, but there’s still time to get that sunny summer hair look going. I haven’t colored my hair in many years, but I might have to try going the DIY route after learning about the ways I could do it at home! Using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, you can add a natural looking glow to your locks. It won’t cost you anything more than a few minutes, and this gives you a great excuse for needing some “mama time” to relax and pamper yourself. Try these hair lightening ideas to give yourself some highlights for the rest of summer.

1. Honey

This recipe is one that requires leaving your hair wrapped up overnight. Since honey has a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in it (I had no idea), it strips some of the natural color of your hair away. Mixing it with vinegar and olive oil helps your hair retain the moisture that is lost. Brush the mix onto your hair wherever you want highlights and let it work its magic.

2. Tea

Not only can your morning cup of tea give you a tasty boost of energy, it can lighten your hair! Chamomile is the best kind of tea to use. Just boil it like you normally would, and then rinse your hair with it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and you should be good to go! Repeat as needed until you get the desired highlights.

3. Cinnamon

Your hair color will get lighter and smell delicious with this recipe! All you have to do is mix some cinnamon powder into your conditioner and evenly coat your hair. Leave the mixture on overnight and rinse in the morning.

4. Lemon

The most popular go-to DIY hair lightening ingredient is probably lemon. That’s because it’s so easy to use and the results are usually wonderful! Just mix a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and apply to your hair. Go outside and sit where the sun can shine on you until the lemon juice dries. You won’t see dramatic results, but you’ll definitely look a bit more summery.

5. Vinegar

It’s not going to smell great, I’ll tell you that. But sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. Try apple cider vinegar if you are really concerned about the smell. Rinse your hair with water and vinegar and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. You may need to repeat a few times to get the results you want.

6. Vitamin C

Keep your locks looking light and healthy by rinsing some Vitamin C into your shampoo. Take approximately 8 or 9 tablets, crush them and mix them in. Wash and rinse normally, and your hair will feel amazing!

To get the exact recipes for these 6 ingredients, as well as other fabulous DIY project ideas, head over to DIY & Crafts.


Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar
Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar