Ahoi my lovelies!
Let’s face it, at some point we all die to have some cute blond highlights; it just gives you a nicer and more friendly look.
First off, I never had and hopefully never will dye my hair with average hair colours.
For a number of reasons: commercial hair dye seems to really put a lot of damage to your hair. A lot of my friends with dyed hair seem to have only left a few strands of their once luscious locks, making them look like chicken which came out of a huge cat fight. With those few broken hair they can’t possibly look appealing, let aside feel good.
Another thing is that once you start dying, you have to do it ALL THE TIME! Not only does that leave you broke after a while but also a little paranoid since you don’t know when your hairline becomes inacceptable.
I had dark chocolate brown hair and currently have an ombre look with light caramel. I achieved my look by using stuff that you can find in any supermarket and your kitchen.
Now, with my DIYs you can either lighten your hair, or make red hair look stronger and with a few tips even darken your hair, if that’s what you want. I had very good results with my DIYs, but please note that whatever you choose to do is at your own risk and that I am not responsible for your outcome whatsoever.
Now that we’re done with the disclaimer let’s get down to business.
STEP 1: What is your current hair colour?
brown to black haired, going for blonde -> Hydrogen peroxide or lemon DIY
red haired, going for stronger colour -> cinnamon DIY
blonde, going for strawberry -> cinnamon DIY
blonde, going for even lighter -> Hydrogenperoxide or lemon DIY
light hair, going for darker -> tea DIY
Choose whichever is right for you and follow up on
STEP 2: Make your DIY
A few hints beforehand: make sure to wear an old shirt when doing some of these DIYs, it may become pretty messy. Also, you do not need to wash your hair extra for a DIY, it’s actually better to do it on hair which hasn’t been washed for a few days (seems to work better)
Also don’t forget to ALWAYS condition your hair after every DIY, for it may become brittle if you don’t. If you don’t want to go through the trouble get yourself a little bottle of almond oil from the drug store (in Österreich kriegt man Mandelöl in jeder Apotheke J
If you know which DIY you want to go for, choose below and do as listed.
What you will need :
Your favourite conditioner (mine is Aussie)
Olive or almond oil
An old shirt
A kitchen brush
A few hair clippers
Put about 6 spoons of cinnamon into your bowl, add a few generours squirts of your conditioner, one spoon of olive or almond oil and mix very well. At the end you should have a gooey porridge which shouldnt be all too liquidy (it wont stick to your hair!)
When youre done mixing part your hair in the middle, take the kitchen brush, dip in and start at brushing it from top to bottom.
Do this until your hair is covered really good (DO NOT BRUSH THE GOO ON YOUR FACe! IT MIGHT BECOME ITCHY!)
Next take the clippers and clip your hair in tiny rolls, wrap a towel around it and let it sit in for about 8 hours.
With this method you might need 2 weeks to see a change, so I recommend doing this twice a week. It worked out just nicely for me!
What you need :
An empty spray bottle
Now this method shows results within a matter of hours, even if your hair is dark. You can find hydrogenperoxide in any drug store for about a dollar (für deutschsprachige Mädels: Wasserstoffperoxid gibt’s beim MÜLLER).
I had great results with this, but I also have to note that if you have dark hair and want to use this method you best have a silver shampoo at home. Hydrogen peroxide will turn your hair reddish, but if washed with silver shampoo you will have beautiful caramel shades. Also before applying it to your whole head take a strand which no one can see if your hair is normally open and test on it. If you like what you see you can proceed.
Take an empty (if possible dark spray bottle -> peroxide dissolves in light), fill half with water and add another half of peroxide. Shake well and start spraying on your hair.
When youre done your hair should be damp, not soaked. Wrap a towel around them and let it sit for about half an hour. After that wash as usual and dont forget to condition.
How I used the hydrogenperoxide :
My hair is originally pretty dark, so I didnt delude the hydrogenperoxide. Instead I used the 3% as it was and got good results.
You can do it like me if you want really big change, but if youre going for more subtle shades I recommend diluting it.
HOW TO DARKEN YOUR HAIR
Its not always about lightening your hair, you might want to have darker shades. In that case I recommend the tea DIY.
Just take a teabag of Earl Grey or classic black tea, pour hot water in your cup and let it sit for 20 minutes. Letting it sit for this long has a simple reason : it will stain your hair better.
Do this DIY when youre about to wash your hair. Shampoo and wash as usual and then rinse with the tea (please do not pour the boiling cup on your head…)
Not only will it give you nice dark shades, also your hair will smell delish and shine like gloss.
Try out and let me know how these DIYs worked for you!
PS: These are my results =)