The 21st Century Herbalist

Naturally Boost Your Blonde

Welcome to Week 2 of Natural Hair Dye Month.  This week is all about blondes but be sure to check back next week for redheads and the following week for the brunettes.  Below are some of the tried a true ways to naturally boost your blonde locks or even lighten darker blondes.

First up, a classic blonde booster: lemon juice.

When life gives you lemons…lighten your hair color.  This quick lemon juice mix will even lighten brunette hair when combined with sunshine.

Blonde Boosting Rinse

For a subtle boost to your blonde: mix 1/3 cup water or chamomile tea* with the juice of 1-2 lemons.  Shampoo and rinse your hair but before you apply conditioner, pour the lemon juice rinse over your hair and let it sit for 5-7 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and condition your hair as usual.  This rinse can be used several times a week and you’ll start to see noticeable results in about 2 weeks.

For quicker results: mix 1/3 cup water or chamomile tea* with the juice of 2-3 lemons.  Dampen your hair, then use a spray bottle to apply the lemon juice rinse to your hair.  Sit in the sun (remember to wear sunscreen!) for about 30-60 minutes and let the sun do the work.  Depending on how dark your hair is, you may notice results after one application.  For darker hair it may take a couple of treatments.  This treatment can dry out your hair so do a conditioning treatment at least once a week or apply a few drops of jojoba or grapeseed oil to your dampened hair after sitting outside.

*when brewing chamomile tea for this rinse, bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add 1-2 chamomile tea bags.  Allow the herbs to steep for 30 minutes.  You can also add sunflower petals, marigolds or calendula flowers to the hot water, if you do this, strain the herbs before using the liquid on your hair.

Blonde Henna

Last week I talked about how to use henna as hair color and as I mentioned, all henna, even those labeled “golden blonde” are going to have a slightly red tint.  It will be subtle on darker blondes and more apparent on the lighter blondes.  If you have strawberry blonde hair, then this is perfect for you! If you have light blonde hair and don’t want any red, then skip the henna and stick with the lemon juice rinse.

Henna does not contain any bleaches or lightening agents, so it will not lighten your blonde or light blonde hair.  It will however, give it a subtle boost and bring out the gold, copper and subtle red of your hair.  Apply the henna to your hair using the directions on the package or consult last week’s post as a guide.  When mixing the henna, you can use chamomile tea* instead of plain water.

You can also mix shades of henna together to create different levels of highlights, like mixing a bit of copper henna with your blonde or a hint of red henna to really boost a strawberry blonde.  Keep in mind that if your “blonde” came from a bottle, it will more readily absorb the henna and the color will be bolder because chemically treated hair is more porous than untreated “virgin” hair.  You may not want to use henna on bleached hair.

That’s it for this week, do you have any other natural ways to boost your blonde?  Let me know in the comments!


cover image via: istockphoto – lemons and henna jar were taken by yours truly