Naturally Lightening Your Hair Using Cinnamon
Women spend ridiculous amounts of money on salon/at-home hair coloring. With a recession in full swing, it's only right that beauty come at a cheaper price. Want a different hair hue to spice up your look, use the cinnamon mixture described below. Cinnamon can be used to lighten hair at least two shades. It is also a safer alternative to changing the color of your strands. The mixture will leave your hair moisturized, soft, and smelling yummy!!
- Your Favorite Conditioner
- Ground Cinnamon
- Plastic Processing Cap
- Honey (optional; has additional bleaching and moisturizing properties)
- Time (Depending on preference;anywhere from 4 hours-overnight)
- Soft bonnet hair dryer/heating cap (optional)
Step One: Prepare Cinnamon Mixture
Add the conditioner, cinnamon, and honey (if desired) together in a plastic container. The amounts needed are determined by the amount of hair you have. Make sure that you have added at least 3 tablespoons of cinnamon to make sure you get even color rather than streaks of color. However, it is okay to add more. Mix the contents together with a plastic spoon as metal can react with your mixture. Cover the mixture while you wash your hair.
Step Two: Shampoo/Co-wash and Condition Hair as Usual
Nothing new here. Wash and condition your hair as you normally would. It's best to detangle your hair here rather than saving it for later. Braid hair in sections to prevent tangling during application of cinnamon mixture.
Step Three: Apply Cinnamon Mixture to Sectioned Hair
Applying the mixture to sectioned hair ensures that you are coating all the strands. Your hands are the only tools you need for the application. Since you detangled prior to it should be easy for you to finger-comb the mixture through your hair. Re-braid the section and move on to the next section. Complete this step over entire head. Cinnamon is a known skin irritant so it may tingle for a few minutes but it will go away. If the tingling persists or becomes unbearable, rinse it out immediately.
Step Four: Processing Time
There are a few options for this step. You want to treat this mixture like you would a deep conditioning treatment. Place the plastic processing cap over your hair. You can either sit under a bonnet dryer/heating cap for 30 minutes or you can wrap a warm towel around your head for 30 minutes. Another option is to just let your body heat do the work for you for the entire processing times. Whatever option you choose, the mixture should stay in your hair for at least 4 hours. The longer the processing time, the more results you will see. Therefore overnight is the best option.
Step Five: Rinsing the Mixture Out
Make sure you rinse the mixture out completely. The pressure from running water straight from the bathtub faucet can help in rinsing the majority of the mixture from your hair.
Step Six: Enjoy Your New Color
While you shouldn't expect your hair to go from brunette to blonde, you can expect hair that is 2 shades lighter than your original color. The more applications you do, the more change you will see.