It’s easy to care for blonde hair naturally with these tips!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
They say blondes have more fun, but when it comes to taking care of our hair, that’s not always true! A simple dip in a pool can take us from ‘Goldilocks’ to ‘Greenylocks’ in mere minutes. And while we always wish for a long, flowing flaxen mane reminiscent of golden thread, we sometimes end up with what seems to be a pile of autumn hay!
The worst thing is, to get blonde hair looking lighter and shinier, it’s easy to turn to chemicals like peroxide or blue or purple rinses, all which are usually laden with some pretty nasty toxins.
As a dirty blonde myself, I’ve found a few ways that make it easy to care for blonde hair naturally. These include tips that you can do at home with stuff you may even have in your kitchen cupboard right now, as well as haircare products.
Ready? Let’s lighten up!
14 Ways To Care For Blonde Hair Naturally
1. Chamomile Masks
Here’s an easy and cheap one for all the tea lovers!
Take a 4-5 chamomile tea bags and put them in a pan of boiling water for around 20 minutes. Once the water cools down, add 2T yogurt (more if your hair is long) and mix really well. Put the mixture into your (clean) hair and if possible, sit in the sun until it’s dry.
You may notice that while drying, your hair will already start to develop natural highlights. Repeat this procedure every day until you’ve achieved the shade of blonde you want.
Products to try: A popular sodium chloride, paraben and silicone free shampoo brand that maintains blonde hair beautiful is by Klorane, below.
2. Beer Rinse
Here’s another one of the most classic ways to care for blonde hair naturally!
Arm yourself with a can of pale ale and pour it into a big bowl. Immerse your whole head of hair leaning forwards. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but it’s worth it! After 3 to 5 minutes, cover your hair in a towel. Wait an hour, then wash your hair as usual. You will not only find your hair has gone a few shades lighter, but you’ll also notice how the hops in the beer have nourished your mane, too!
Products to try: Put beer’s effectiveness to the test with the 100% Aussie Natural Tasmanian Beer Shampoo Bar. It’s a bit weird at first, but once you foam it up into a bit of a lather, it acts like a normal shampoo.
3. Lemon Juice Spray
If you’ve previously messed around with hair dye and your tint’s turned a bit green due to copper and chemical oxidation, you’ll find that lemon is a manna from heaven! The lovely citrus fruit is rich in antioxidants that help restore the colour of your hair.
It’s super easy to use: squeeze two lemons and dilute them with a cup of water, then apply this squash on your hair for 30 minutes. Sit for an hour in the sun to make the results even more effective – but be warned: lemon juice is quite drying! Either follow this treatment up with a hydrating hair mask, or instead of just using lemons and water, make a spray of equal parts Argan oil and lemon juice and let that sit for two hours instead of one.
Products to try: Saach Organics Colour Protect Shampoo cleanses the hair gently, and the Henna Extracts and Orange Oil help restore colour to blonde and red hair. As for hair masks, you can’t really do better than John Masters Organics Color Enhancing Conditioner for Blondes.
4. Honey Conditioner
Here’s a sweet fact: honey can naturally lighten your hair without damaging it. In fact, it even nourishes your hair and scalp. The downside? Honey lightens hair more slowly than many other methods, it’s a bit messy to use, and you need to leave it in longer, too. Still, it’s cheap, gives your hair some extra conditioning, and smells great, too!
Just combine 1/3 cup honey with 1/4 cup conditioner. Mix well, and apply through your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap, plastic bag, of, if you have neither, a towel. Leave on for at least four hours or better yet, overnight. The next day, shampoo and condition as usual. Repeat until you get the shade you want.
Product to try: Dr Organic Bio Active Manuka honey shampoo is a reasonably priced natural shampoo that can be used every day.
5. Wheat Germ Oil
This oil is one of the most beneficial for blondes! The yellowish-ochre coloured oil contains high levels of Vitamin A, E, calcium, magnesium, copper and manganese, so it not only lightens, it feeds your hair nourishment, too!
Apply 1/4 cup of wheat germ oil to your hair and leave on for 30-40 minutes and then shampoo it out. You should find your hair is a bit more golden, and more hydrated, too.
Products to try: There can be no doubt that Weleda is the Queen of the Wheat Germ Oil shampoos. It’s been around for awhile and has been tried and tested by millions, with great results. Hair Recipes Wheat Germ Oil and Awapuhi Shampoo is one we haven’t tried yet ourselves, but it came recommended by one of our staff, and it’s free of sulphates and parabens.
6. Turmeric Powder
This yellow spice has serious dying qualities: it can easily stain anything it stays on for some time, including white countertops, and it’s even used as a textile dye! So be sure to use this with moderation, as the ‘blonding’ effect can be pretty intense!
For a delicate golden blonde, put a tablespoon of turmeric in a cup of warm water and apply it on your hair for 20 minutes. Once you wash it off, remember to use some conditioner, as the spice tends to dry the hair.
Products to try: Turmeric Shampoo will help you get golden locks, but it does so much more: it claims to stop hair shedding and dandruff, and it’s comprised of all natural ingredients, too.
7. A Good Sun Protector
If you’ve found the perfect shade of blonde for you and don’t want it to fade due to the elements, remember that prevention is one of the best ways to care for blonde hair naturally! Try protecting your hair with Soleil Shield. It contains natural plant extracts that protect hair from photo-oxidation from sun and pollution. Aloe forms a protective film all along the hair shaft, while provitamin B5 provides long-lasting hydration.
Believe it or not, cinnamon can significantly change the colour of your hair, but it takes time. Make a paste of three tablespoons of the spice mixed with a tablespoon of conditioner (double the recipe for long hair).
Apply to hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave on for at least 8 hours, or preferably overnight, then shampoo as normal. Repeat several times through the week until you’re as blonde as you want to be.
Products to try: Packed with certified organic ingredients, Everescents Cinnamon Shampoo smells amazing, and is perfect for healing hair affected by chemical processing and colour treatments. Bonus: it contains chamomile, too!
Ginger hair may evoke redheads, but it’s actually another great way to care for blonde hair naturally! You’ll need to get a full sized ginger root and whip it up till it’s creamy in a food processor. Apply the paste directly to the hair and leave on for 40 minutes. Rinse off with hot water then shampoo. Your mane will be glowing like a Disney princess’, and will smell lovely, too!
Products to try: We love Bath Body Works Ginger Aromatherapy Shampoo! It quickly regenerates fragile, streaked or dyed hair and restores the hair fibres by using Monoà¯, Tahitian ginger and Argan oil.
10. Use Neutral/Blonde Henna
Blonde henna creates beautiful highlights! Neutral or blonde henna is known as Cassia Obovata, and helps make damaged hair silky, thick and lustrous, and keeps the scalp healthy, too. This kind of henna won’t show up on your hair unless you’re very pale blond or grey.
Products to try: You can buy Blonde Henna in its pure powder form, such as that by Saachs Organics, which is designed specifically for blondes, or try Surya Brasil Henna Cream. This is a semi-permanent hair colouring containing hair dyes plus herbs and fruits from Brazil and India, which offer simultaneous colouration and deep conditioning treatment for the hair. It’s easy to use, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.
11. Change Your Shower Head Filters
Depending on where you live, the minerals in some tap water can contribute to changing a blonde’s natural golden tone into a brassier shade if the drinking water has a high iron content. Your hair can also turn greenish if there’s a lot of chlorine in the water.
Installing a good filter like these on your shower head will not only help prevent those colour-changing minerals from ruining your natural shade, but it will help save your body from chlorine, fluoride and other nasty stuff in the water, too!
12. Try Acidic Hair Rinses
Been swimming in a chlorinated pool? Have a high chlorine content in your tap water but can’t install a filter on your shower? Acidic hair rinses are another great way to care for blonde hair naturally. This will remove the buildup left behind by styling products and mineral deposits that can cause changes in your hair colour.
It’s easy to do, and cheap, too: just mix 1/2 cup to 1 cup (for longer hair) of apple cider vinegar with 16 ounces of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with the vinegar mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse your hair again and style as usual. Repeat whenever necessary.
13. Use Natural Coloured Hair Rinses
Coloured hair rinses are normally full of chemicals, but they are effective! They reduce unwanted brassy yellow tones for blonde and grey hair easily.
Luckily, there are increasingly good natural hair toner options for blondes. One I love is Infuse My Colour Shampoo. This shampoo was designed specifically to maintain the brightness of pale, medium, dark blonde and highlights. It can also be used to give a shine to uncoloured hair, too.
Got darker blonde (let’s call it ‘bronde’?) hair? Infuse My Colour Shampoo Cobalt Pure Ash subdues warmth and maintains depth of dark blonde, light medium and dark brown hair. Be careful – if applied to bleach blonde hair, it creates strong mint green tones. If you’re going a bit grey, Infuse My Colour Shampoo Platinum neutralises yellow, maintains brightness of grey, white, pale blonde and highlighted hair.
14. Go With Natural Hair Dyes
Not a natural blonde? Is nothing else working to restore the blonde hue of your dreams? Gone grey but miss your blonde locks? Saach Organics has come up with a natural hair dye that can restore colour to blonde hair, and even covers up the grey!
There are plenty of other brands you could try, too, such as Original & Mineral. Check out the following hyperlink for a full list of natural hair dye brands that offer great coverage for blondes, too.
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