Lighten Your Hair Naturally with Essential Oils

Have you ever wanted that perfect sun-bleached hair color after spending the summer on the beach? Unfortunately, few of us actually have that kind of time to spend out in the sun. Lucky for you, we’ve found some natural ways for you to get lighter hair quickly without damaging your hair with harsh chemicals and dyes.

Many men and women today are dying their hair regularly in order to make it look lighter or give it some highlights. Others shy away from a change they may want because of the harsh chemicals involved in hair dye. However, there are natural ways to give your hair a lighter color without using hair dye. You may have heard of using hydrogen peroxide to bleach your hair, but this method comes with complications. Hydrogen peroxide bleaching strips the natural pigment from your hair, making it just about as damaging as hair dye. Lemons have long been known for their bleaching qualities, and the essential oil has been found to possess the same properties. Apple cider vinegar helps with lightening, but also leaves a shine and works to strengthen your hair. Rosemary and grapefruit essential oils help to protect your hair from damage in the sun and can help heal other pre-existing damage. Try out this hair-lightening spray to add some color and depth to your hair this summer!

Hair-Lightening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Water
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils in the spray bottle, and shake to combine. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water, and shake again to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture through your hair, or in desired locations for highlights. The amount you use will depend on the length of your hair and the intensity of color desired.
  3. Lie out in the sun for 30 minutes, check the color, spray again, and return to the sun until the desired color is reached. Some hair may take multiple exposures to reach the desired color, as this is a very gradual process.
  4. Once you finish lightening your hair, wash your hair out thoroughly, making sure to apply plenty on conditioner to rehydrate your hair.

This recipe is created as a general rule of thumb for most hair colors. This should not be used on dark hair, as it can cause brassy colors or damage to your hair. If you have a strong pigment in your hair and the color isn’t taking quickly, you may need to increase the amount of lemon oil.

Make sure to keep an eye on how your hair is reacting in the sun. Some hair colors and pigments may lighten faster, while others could take much longer. Don’t get discouraged if it’s a slow process; it can take a few exposures to show extreme differences.

While you’re waiting for the lightening spray to work its magic, you can lie out in the sun with a good book or simply get some yard work done. Whatever you do, just don’t forget sunscreen!

 

“Essentially You” Shampoo & Conditioner

Customized hair care is a booming business on the internet. Just how is it done? Basically, an online quiz—about hair type and health, desired care outcomes, and perhaps lifestyle and environment—determines each individual’s formulas. Naturally, these personalized products are much more expensive than drugstore or even salon brands. But you can drastically cut hair care costs and still customize your own safe, natural products with organic carrier oils and pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Use “Essentially You” shampoo and conditioner for daily or routine care. (The shampoo also doubles as a body wash!) For intensive moisturizing, do an occasional hair mask with our hair conditioning serum. All of these recipes take no more than 5 minutes to make!
For more information on essential oils for hair care and hair conditions, see the 9th editions of Modern Essentials and the Modern Essentials Handbook under “My Usage Guide: Hair.”

The castile soap in the shampoo acts as a mild cleanser, while the vegetable glycerin is a non-greasy moisturizer and humectant (meaning it helps your hair retain moisture).

Essentially You Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed.
  2. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand, and work through wet hair.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Repeat, if desired.

Essentially You Conditioner

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in the 8 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Shake bottle before each use.
  3. Spray throughout layers of hair.
  4. Leave in for 5 minutes for essential oils to penetrate hair shaft and follicles.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

*Custom Carrier Oils

Balancing oil production (all hair types): Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil
Controlling dandruff: Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil (contains latex)
Moisturizing: Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil
Softening and conditioning: Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

**Custom Essential Oils

All hair types: rosemary, lavender
Beard hair: rosemary, lemon
Children’s hair: lavender
Dandruff: lavender, wintergreen
Dry hair: geranium, sandalwood, lavender
Dull hair (improve shine): Roman chamomile, lavender
Fragile hair (strengthen): clary sage, lavender, thyme
Itchy scalp: peppermint
Oily hair: basil, cypress, thyme, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain
Thinning hair (stimulate growth): rosemary, lavender, thyme, ylang ylang (also clary sage for estrogen balance)

Blending Essential Oils for Hair Care

Here are some oils you can pair with our recommendations for great-smelling combinations:
Basil: cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint
Clary sage: lemon, petitgrain, cypress, geranium, sandalwood
Lavender: most oils (especially citrus), clary sage, geranium
Lemon: geranium, peppermint, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Peppermint: basil, cypress, lavender, lemon, rosemary
Petitgrain: clary sage, geranium, lavender, rosemary
Roman chamomile: lavender, geranium, clary sage
Rosemary: basil, lavender, peppermint
Sandalwood: cypress, lemon, ylang ylang
Thyme: rosemary
Wintergreen: basil, cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint

Now go do personalized hair care like a pro!

Holiday Gift Guide and Refreshing Shampoo

It’s time for holiday gift-giving, and this gift guide includes several ideas for you—one of which we are featuring below!
These gift ideas are not the only reason that you should get your own copy of this guide. Inside you will find a large world map that shows where many popular essential oils come from. This map can be easily displayed in your essential oil class and used to teach your prospective customers about where essential oils are obtained. The gift guide unfolds to reveal this large 11″ × 17″ (28 × 43 cm) chart that can be framed or passed around. Get your free copy here—and feel free to get extras to pass out to your essential oil–loving friends!
As mentioned above, we are highlighting one of the recipes—the Refreshing Rosemary Mint Shampoo—that is found in the gift guide. This shampoo uses peppermint and rosemary essential oils because they are both known to help stimulate hair growth and work well for all hair types. If you prefer a different scent or have different needs, check out Modern Essentials for more essential oil suggestions, and feel free to switch out the oils in this recipe. This shampoo makes a great gift for any of your holistically inclined friends!

Refreshing Peppermint Rosemary Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed above.
  2. Shake until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.