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If you prefer natural hair care, you may hesitate to put any chemical treatments in your hair. At the very least, you probably use only a minimum of laboratory-originated products in your hair care regimen. For highlights that won't stress your strands, or add difficult-to-pronounce ingredients to your hair and scalp, try honey! Raw honey contains natural hydrogen peroxide that can gradually lighten hair in one or more applications. This peroxide is less concentrated than the bottled variety. Blended with conditioners, it provides a gentle way to add highlights to black hair. Let honey be your sweet solution for highlights!
Determine that your hair is free of tangles before you begin. Add honey, lemon juice (omit if your hair is naturally very dry) and conditioner to a bowl. Instead of conditioner, you can substitute a conditioning oil, such as olive. Stir with a spoon to combine these ingredients.
Place this mixture on your hair wherever you wish to add highlights. Coat the hair generously.
Put a plastic conditioning cap over your hair and allow the mixture to remain on your hair a minimum of eight to 10 hours.
Shampoo your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and warm water. You may need to lather twice to remove all of the honey.
Follow with a deep conditioning reconstructor for your hair. This step is much more important if you used lemon juice in the mixture, but can be of benefit even if it was omitted. After your hair is completely dry, you can check the results to see if another application is necessary. This process can be repeated as soon as your next shampoo.
Dark hair takes longer to lighten with the small amount of natural peroxide contained in the raw honey, but it is generally considered safe. Depending on your hair's porosity, it may take several (three or more) applications to see a noticeable difference in hue. Permed hair will process more quickly, sometimes in only one application.
If you add lemon juice to this highlighting mixture, try to sit in direct sunlight for at least one hour to speed the lightening process. Lemon juice responds best in solar ultraviolet light. Make sure that you use sunscreen!
If your hair has been permanently colored, this method may not yield visible results.