DIY Hair Lightener and Toner

Natural hair lightener

I love lightener aka bleach. I get annoyed when someone wants a foil with color. Lightener is my friend I have it down. I have learned how to never have to tone and can give you multiple tones with just it! As you can tell lightener is my go to. Well I have a stylist friend who posted an Instagram photo of her getting hair done using lemon juice and cinnamon. I decided I needed to try this out myself. Found a friend whose hair is damaged but wants to be lighter to help even out older color. We weren’t sure how well it would turn out. Happy to say it worked. Not crazy lighter but you can tell a difference. Plan to do it a few more times.

You will need
2 and ½ lemons, juiced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tea bags of chamomile tea, brewed extra strong, cooled
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil (to help from drying out)
Feel free to adjust the amounts depending on how much hair you have.
Combined all ingredients. You can either apply this all over your hair or pick out select strands.
Once applied go ahead and cover your hair in a plastic cap, or a plastic shopping bag. If you live somewhere sunny and warm you can hang around outside. But for those of you that don’t use a blow dryer. You don’t have to heat it the whole time. Leave on for atleast an hour. Shampoo and condition like normal.

DIY toner

Water
Apple cider vinegar
Food coloring
If your hair is too warm for your taste you might want to tone it. And this is a simple way to fix any tone problems. Just so you know toner is not permanent. And the vinegar smell will disappear once your hair is dry!
Just use a drop or two to start. You can always tone again.
Orange use blue
Yellow use violet
Red use green
Shampoo, then apply to damp hair. Leave on your hair till you see the change you want. Wet hair always looks slightly warmer. Condition like normal.

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Why you shouldn’t wash you hair daily!

SO this is my first beauty post.
But this is a very important post. You would not believe how many do not know washing your hair daily is bad for it.
I personally wash my hair once to twice a week. Usually once a week. It took me forever to switch to this schedule but now I can’t even imagine washing my hair daily. I rarely have to use dry shampoo now.
Everyone’s hair is different but every other day washing your hair is way better than everyday!

The positives to washing it less.
– You can buy real professional products, and it will last forever. Shampoo, conditioner, styling aids!!
– You will save money since you don’t have to use the products everyday.
– You save so much time! Not having to dry and full-out style every day. My style can last the full week with just a few touch ups.
– It’s healthier for your hair. Your hair needs the oil from your scalp to protect the ends.
– Helps color from fading!

How to change
So the easiest way to switch your washing schedule is to train your scalp. If you say yuck my hair gets so greasy I have to wash it daily. The reason your scalp gets so oily, is because it’s use to you washing it daily. So it over produces oil. I know sneaky smart scalp!
Wait as long as possible to wash your hair, pick when you can wear your hair up, hats, headbands, scarves whatever it takes, but wait as long as you can. Then shampoo it, and wait again as long as possible. After that you should be able to switch to whatever schedule you want.

A few tips
– Some of my clients will still condition their hair daily, or just wet it down. But for me that makes my hair look stringy and greasy, so I don’t get it wet at all.
– I do shampoo my bangs almost every day.
– If you use a lot of product everyday, you might need a clarifying shampoo to help remove all of it.
– If you work out and it gets sweaty wait and see how it feels once it dries. Most people have said once dries you couldn’t even tell.
– Dry shampoo is amazing! You can also use baby powder, or corn starch. I just love how easy aerosol dry shampoo is. Just make sure whatever you use rub it in. Otherwise your hair will look grey!

I love hearing when people stop washing their hair daily, and how happy they are.