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More ways to lighten curls naturally

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Are you feeling as though your strands could use a little bit of that sun-kissed summer glow? Even though summer is beginning to wind down for many of us, there's no reason why you can't hang onto the look of days spent basking in the sun on the beach or by the pool. However, if you'd like to achieve this look without hitting the salon, there are a few tricks you can try at home. These techniques are gentle enough to help lift your curl's natural color a couple of levels, but won't leave your hair a frizzy mess. Here are some more natural ways to lighten curls naturally. If you've ever given any of these a try, make sure you let us know in the comments.

Sea salt:

Have you ever noticed that after a day spent by the seashore your curls look brighter? While sea salt works great for styling your strands, it can also help brighten them up as well. Put sea salt to work for you by adding sea salt to warm water, mixing it to combine, and applying it to your strands. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes before washing it out.


Did you know that chamomile is great for more than just tea? It's true! Not only does it have healing properties, you can also use it to help lighten your curls naturally. The petals of the flower contain a pigment called apigenin. According to naturallycurly.com, “Apigenin is the perfect remedy for a gold tint that will keep you shining all summer long.” Allow the chamomile flower to sit in water, and steep. Then apply it throughout your mane, then sit in the sun or use a hair dryer to help “activate the lightening agents.”

Lemon juice:

While we might have laughed at our mothers and grandmothers for putting lemon juice in their hair and then sitting out in the sun during the summer, it turns out they were onto something here. Lemons are very acidic, which when applied to curls can help lift your color a couple of levels. However, the same acidity can be really hard on your strands, so you'll need to mix it with a conditioner to ensure it doesn't burn your strands. Lemon juice creates a more subtle lift, so if you're hoping to go much lighter, this may not work as well for you. Additionally, curly girls with lighter strands will probably see the most lift with this technique.

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