Natural Highlighting Hair Rinse DIY

Spring is here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m sure the fact that it’s my birthday today doesn’t hurt either. I’ve always loved that my birthday is right after the first day of spring – full of fresh starts and new beginnings. It feels like the whole world is getting lighter, brighter, warmer, prettier. It only makes sense that I always seem to crave changes with my hair in the springtime wanting it to be lighter, brighter, warmer, and prettier too. To achieve some subtle highlights, I made this homemade natural highlighting hair rinse with just two ingredients. Here’s how you can make it too.

Natural Highlighting Hair Rinse Homemade DIY Recipe

Natural Highlighting Hair Rinse

3 bags of chamomile tea
juice of 1/2 a lemon

Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over the tea, and steep for about 30 minutes.
Add lemon juice.
Before applying, ensure it has cooled to a comfortable temperature.
Pour over head and hair making sure to saturate everywhere.
Wrap it in a towel and sit for 20 minutes.
For slightly pronounced results, sit in the sun with your hair down for 20 minutes.

Chamomile actually deposits a golden coloured pigment on your hair from the chemical it contians called apigenin. The citric acid in lemon juice acts similarly to peroxide but much weaker and thus lightens the hair. It also amplifies the sun’s lightening affects if you choose to sit out in the sun with this hair rinse.

This is just a subtle highlighting, it’s not going to produce the drastic results of getting foils at a salon. You can do this natural highlighting hair rinse for a couple days in a row or maybe once a week for a few weeks to continually increase the lightening effect. Keep in mind though that lemon will dry out your hair. If you are going to use this more than once in a short period of time, ensure you are conditioning or moisturizing your hair as well. You can try out this homemade, natural hot oil hair treatment in conjunction to keep it nourished and healthy.

Have you tried changing or altering the colour of your hair naturally?

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    liz n.
    March 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

    For very dark brown or black hair, black tea and olive oil. I learned this one from my mother, who learned it from her neighbors in Spain. It’s also good for camouflaging and taming those annoying, wiry, curly grey hairs that don’t want to lie flat. It doesn’t completely cover the grey, but does settle them down a bit.

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      March 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Oh, cool! I’ve never heard of that before. Thanks for sharing the tip!

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        liz n.
        March 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        Ah, Grace, I meant to wish you a happy birthday! I hope it was a good one!

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          March 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm

          Aw, thanks so much! 🙂 It was a great day.

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    Angelina @ Peonies & Orange Blossoms
    March 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I used to do this when I was in high school but it didn’t quite get my hair as blonde as I wanted, so yes, now I use the bad chemicals, wahhh! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

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      April 1, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Haha, aw! That’s okay. I’ve got pretty dark brown hair, so when I want a drastic change I’ve go to go mega-chemical as well.

  3. Reply
    April 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    My teen daughter was asking me awhile ago about highlights as she has dark blonde hair. I remembered lemon juice but so forgot all about chamomile tea and we have that in the cupboard…just have to wait for summer now .

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      April 4, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Oh, perfect! I think it would work really well on dark blonde hair.

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    Kim Cunningham
    April 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    My daughter does this from time to time and it does work! It’s so subtle.

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      April 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Oh, nice!

  5. Reply
    April 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Does de chamomile dry the hair? When I was little my mom used to use chamomile shampoo on me but it dried my hair so bad that she stop using it.

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      April 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Hmm, interesting. I didn’t think that chamomile was particularly drying. I did a quick Google search and found mixed answers there as well. In my book it says that chamomile can be used for hair care, so I’m not sure what to think. If you had that experience with the shampoo in the past, then it may be an issue for you. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  6. Reply
    September 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

    If you’re worried about the chamomile drying out your hair, you could add a natural oil to the mixture like coconut oil, olive oil or even castor oil.

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      September 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Great suggestion! I’m always also worried about having greasy hair, haha, but just a little bit I’m sure would be good. Castor oil is particularly good for hair growth.

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