This summer, instead of heading to the salon to get hair highlights, do it yourself at home naturally. Using ingredients you can find in your own kitchen, you can have beautiful sun-highlighted hair in no time.
You may know that olive oil is a fabulous hair conditioner but many people don’t realize it can be used as a natural hair lightener too. Comb a generous amount of olive oil through your hair. Spend about an hour in the sun and then wash out the oil. Your hair will not only be naturally highlighted, it will be moisturized too! Repeat three days a week until you achieve the desired highlights.
Believe it or not, brunettes can get natural golden highlights this summer with chamomile tea. Boil a pot of chamomile tea and allow it to cool completely. Wash and condition your hair normally, then rinse your hair with the tea. Relax outside in the sun with your tea-drenched hair for 30-60 minutes. Repeat every other day until your hair has beautiful natural highlights.
Honey, though very sticky, can actually highlight your hair. You can apply honey straight to your wet hair and leave on for two hours. An alternative method is to mix equal parts of honey, lemon and water in a spray bottle. Apply to damp hair and spend an hour in the sun. You will need to wash your hair twice to get out all the honey. Honey gives hair a lot of bounce and natural highlights.
Light colored beer, such as Corona, is great for adding natural sun-kissed highlights to your hair. Get a six-pack of beer and empty four of the bottles into a basin. Saturate you hair in the beer and then head outside. Drink the other two beers while you wait for the beer to do its magic. About an hour later, rinse out your hair with cool water. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner and style as usual. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
We had the opportunity to talk with Jim Wayne and get these expert tips on summer haircare.
What trends in color do you see this season?
Blonde, Blonde, Blonde! Blonde goes really well with the primary color trends in fashion right now especially since fashion dictates hair color, and blonde goes with everything. Colors like the reds are beginning to fade out.
What are easy ways to make your hair look good at the beach and pool?
Use hair powder and surf spray by Bumble and Bumble. It gives a lot of lift. You can jump in the pool, get it wet and just comb it out. After you get out of the pool, you can just put more in and it’ll pump it right back up.
What hair care products to do you recommend to keep hair healthy in the summertime?
Davines buffer gel is an absolute must for the pool and beach. The line also comes with shampoo and conditioner, but is the buffer gel is an absolute must have. It’s not oily or greasy.
Any tips for quick summer hair styles?
Ellis bands (hair bands) are going to continue to be big this summer. The great thing about Ellis bands now is that they come assorted colors to match your outfit. Tape-on and add-on extensions are going to be big, but clip-ons are on the way out because they’re too much of a hassle.