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Lighten locks for summer

Lighten locks for summer

Many of us decide to lighten our locks as the warmer weather approaches. Whether it's a few caramelly highlights in dark hair or full-on blonde tones, it's fun to experiment and play around with different looks. And if you'd rather do it at home than head to the salon, we've got the low-down on DIY hair lightening.

Let's start with a warning, as lifting a hair colour always comes with a risk. It's always advisable to get a professional opinion first, so just have a chat with your hairdresser next time you go for a trim.

"It is difficult to know if you are not a trained stylist whether the condition of your hair can take a bleach, which if done incorrectly can lead to breakage," Harper Gill, Salon Director at McQueen Gill, told Cover Media.

"One of the biggest downfalls for colouring your own hair at home is the fact that you cannot see all of your own head which leads to patchy coverage."

Once you're sure you want to go ahead, it's important you pick the right product. We love Herbatint's Hair Colouring Gel in 10N Platinum Blonde or 9N Honey Blonde, a natural way to lift your hair colour. Just remember that the low peroxide content will mean this only works on lighter hair tones, so be realistic with your colour choice.

If you want to go completely DIY, the key to lighter hair might already be sitting in your kitchen. Most people have heard of using lemon to achieve highlights, but just how does this work?

Unfortunately the acidity in the fruit causes hair to dry out, so it's not as simple as just squeezing on some juice. Instead, you'll need a few extra ingredients. recommends adding a bag of chamomile tea and 1/3 of a cup of lemon juice to boiling water. Wait for it to cool, then transfer into a spray bottle with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a teaspoon of almond oil. Shake the whole thing up, then spritz onto the strands you'd like to highlight. They should lighten naturally the more time you spend in the sun. Easy peasy, lemon... You get the picture!

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