What does summer mean to you? Long days on the beach? Shorts, bikinis and the golden sun-kissed hue everywhere, right? The basic premise is a lighter look for the hotter days, be it by way of easy, breezy fabrics, or cool fragrances, and even a palette that takes cue from the rainbow. That said, we’ve already introduced you to The Hottest Hair Trend Of 2015, the basic premise of which is to opt for colored locks that range from platinum blonde to psychedelic unicorn.

If you must, instead of heading to the salon for an expensive and chemical-fueled color job, try some homemade recipes that will nourish your strands while bleaching your locks.

Honey & Vinegar DIY
Mix 2 cups distilled vinegar, 1 cup raw uncooked honey, 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and 1tbsp ground cardamom or cinnamon, and apply onto damp hair. You can use a brush or wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the mix, or opt for highlights using a toothbrush. When you’re done, wrap your head in cling film or use a shower cap, and leave it on overnight. You simply have to wash it out the next morning and you’re all set!

Cinnamon Lightening Conditioner
Sure, a conditioner hydrates and moisturizes your hair, but a little known secret is that in the right mix, it can lighten your tresses too. Take 2tbsp cinnamon powder, 1 cup deep conditioner, 1 cup honey (optional), and 1tsp lemon juice, and mix well. Before you comb the mixture through, make sure your hair is damp. Think of how you’d normally use your conditioner. Use a shower cap or plastic wrap to keep your hair in place for up to 3-4 hours, or overnight. This mixture is perfectly safe for hair, but needs to be applied at least three or four times for noticeable results.

DIY Recipe For Natural Highlights
Boil water and pour into a tea cup. Steep 1 chamomile tea bag in the water and keep it there until the water cools. Then, pour the mix into an empty and clean spray bottle, filling it only half way. Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1tsp cinnamon powder and 1tsp honey, and shake the mixture until evenly combined. You can use this spray as and when you like. Just make sure you use it liberally on wet hair, and comb it through.

Now, we know that the results may vary from individual to individual, but all that depends on the genetic makeup, and the quality and texture of your hair. Besides, even if it takes a few applications before you do see visible results, know that your hair is being treated with all-natural ingredients, which beats the damage a professional color job subjects your strands to, any day!

PS: For solutions to suit your specific hair type, head to our Haircare Section.
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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.