Friday, September 17, 2010

Naturally Lighten Your Hair With Cinnamon

Are you looking for a safe way to lighten your hair? Yes, there actually is a safe way to lighten your hair!  Cinnamon powder contains no harsh chemicals with any potentially damaging effects. Natural, pressed, and relaxed heads can all use cinnamon without seeing any damage at all.

-cinnamon powder
-oil or conditioner of your choice (I use extra virgin olive oil)
-wide tooth comb
-cup or bowl
-1 or 2 towels
-shower cap or head scarf to tie your hair in

-Mix cinnamon powder and hair oil together.  You should use a healthy amount of cinnamon.  I don't measure it but if I had to guess I'd say I use 1/8 cup.  It will form a sludge-like consistency.  You can use as much as you want to though, cinnamon isn't expensive lol.
-Coat cinnamon/oil mixture all over your dry hair. Comb it through to make sure that it distributes evenly.
-After hair is covered with the mixture, you can cover your head with either a shower cap or a scarf and leave it in overnight.  Sometimes I will do this around 4PM on a Sunday afternoon and I don't wash it out until the next morning.
-Rinse cinnamon/oil mixture from your hair and then shampoo as normal.

I've done this about 4 or 5 times and I see the subtle effects already.  I have relaxed hair, I started out an off black color and my hair has gotten 2 shades lighter.  My friends and family have noticed the difference.  I am doing this once a week before every shampoo.  I plan to keep doing the cinnamon lightening so my hair will just continue getting lighter.  You probably won't see a noticeable difference the first few times you do it, but just hang in there. If you do this routine before every wash you will.

Be careful and do a skin test first because it may offensively tingle your scalp.  Think about how it feels to chew Big Red gum and picture that on your scalp.  The first time I did it, it was pretty irritating but the feeling subsided after a few minutes.  I haven't felt irritation at all the last few times I applied it but that may be due to the amount of cinnamon I used.  Cinnamon lightening really doesn't have to be exact, it's not like you're using chemicals in a salon.

It will give you a deep reddish tint so if your hair is light and you want a straight up bleach effect without any color tint then that would be the only instance I would not recommend trying cinnamon.

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