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Homemade Organic Blonde Highlights

Homemade Organic Blonde Highlights
The other week I attempted to highlight my hair at home using all organic materials. In an effort to save money and not put the chemicals into my body from the highlights at the salon. I whipped up a recipe based on a couple I found online, here and here.

I boiled 5 bags of organic Calendula tea in about 2 cups of water. Next time I am going to try less water, like half of a cup,  in order to make more of a paste instead of something liquid.

Once the tea was done, I added the juice of 4 organic lemons, about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.

Then I added another 1/2 cup of local, organic Tupulo honey.
Homemade Organic Blonde Highlights
Penelope kept doing the sign for hat, while she was watching me do the highlights. She thought I put one some crazy tin foil hat.

Making the recipe was easy-peasy, actually applying it, is when things turned into a sticky mess. I tried, in vain, to put the liquid on like they do at the hair salon. So parted my hair and used a wooden skewer to make little weave sections of my hair. You know what I am talking about? How at the salon they use the pointy end of a comb to section your hair to make the highlights look natural? And then they cover it with a foil sheet.

Yeah, well that shit didn’t work for me. So I ended up just dumping the liquid on my head and let it sit for 20 minutes. It made a huge mess in my bathroom sink, but at least it was tasty and no chemicals in my eye or in the air for Penelope.

Then I washed my hair like normal. When my hair was dry, I did in fact see a difference. All of my blond highlights I have from getting them done professionally in the past were much lighter. But it did nothing for my dark roots or for my white hairs, so in my case it was a flop.

But if YOU have dirty blond hair naturally and want some subtle, natural highlights, this is perfect.

I froze the rest of the batch that I didn’t use, so next time I will try to go outside and let my hair dry in the sun. Supposedly the effect is stronger that way.

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  • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    February 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Even though it was a flop for your darker hair it sounds like you had a good time doing it! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Monday Mania this week!

  • Thais
    June 2, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Be really careful if you're going to do this out in the sun, the lemon juice can really burn your skin.