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« on: January 28, 2006 05:48:06 PM »

I made up this mix about a year ago, and it's great to not only lighten my hair in the sun, but it also acts as a leave-in conditioner. 

First, a background story:

I have always had long, very dark brown hair with red natural highlights, and when I was in college, I rebelled and chopped my hair to chin length, and dyed it red.  I loved it, but soon got tired of short hair, so I let it all grow back....only, the hair on the bottom was a nice shade of red, and the hair coming in was brown. No problem, I re-dyed.   I dyed my hair pretty regularly for several years and then decided I wanted my brown hair back...only, I had a slight problem. Constant Dying + spending hours out in the sun = bleached hair.  My hair from about my ears down was a lovely shade of auburn, nearly strawberry blonde, wheras the hair on top was dark brown. I tried dying the auburn to match the brown, but the bleached part wouldn't take the dye.  I really didn't want to use more dye on the brown part, for fear that as soon as it grew out, i'd be stuck with the same problem.  A friend of mine suggested I use sun-in on the top to lighten it.  It took sevreal months to finally locate some sun-in, and I wound up with one of the generic brands, but it didn't matter...it worked.  My hair was starting to look "normal"...and then I ran out of sun-in.  I was unable to find it anywhere else, so I started looking at the ingredients in the Sun-in to see if I could recreate it.  I figured at this point I had nothing to loose, and if i screwed up my hair too badly, I could always re-dye or (*shudders to think*) cut it again.  It worked!  So, I thought I'd share it with all of you Smiley

You will need:
Water
Peroxide
Lemon Juice
Detangler or Leave-in conditioner (Dollar store detangler works well) (also don't use a heavy leave-in conditioner)
Spray bottle

mix one part peroxide with one part lemon juice and 2 parts detangler.  Depending on how light you want to make your hair/how dark your hair is, add 1-3 parts water.  Blow dry or go out in the sun! 

I will add one warning:  Make sure you apply it to your hair while you are either wearing a robe, towel, or something white.  If you plan on leaving it in to go out in the sun as opposed to blow drying it off, make sure you wear a baithing suit, or something white on top, as the peroxide content WILL BLEACH CLOTHES. 

It's been working for me for the past year or so, and I hope it works for you!
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006 06:28:57 PM »

Though I haven't tried it, Lemon Juice and Vodka mixed together is supposed to work really well, too.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2006 06:55:51 PM »

woldn't that leave your head smelling like an alcoholic beverage?
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2006 07:06:42 PM »

oh this is such a good idea! I'm dying to try it, now. what kind of peroxide (as I am not the most drug-store savvy person) did you use? Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2006 07:15:31 PM »

ive heard that peroxide stunts the growth of your hair.
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2006 08:31:53 PM »

oh this is such a good idea! I'm dying to try it, now. what kind of peroxide (as I am not the most drug-store savvy person) did you use? Smiley

I have the 3% kind that I picked up at the dollar store to be honest. 

ive heard that peroxide stunts the growth of your hair.

Well, my hair is down to my waist, and it's been growing since I started using it. I think if you used straight peroxide like women did in the 50's to bleach their hair it might, but since it's being diluted, i think it's fine. **

*although, I also reccomend that if you have long hair, you get the Fructus Long & Strong....I used to shed tons in the shower or brushing my hair, but i've noticed a large difference since I switched to the long & strong. (i used to use Loreal Vive)

**edit: found on wiki: Note: Household hydrogen peroxide has a 3% concentration; hair bleaches usually have a concentration of greater than 6%.
household peroxide is safe and you won't get "peroxide posioning".
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2006 08:43:40 PM »

also, just checked the bottle (i made mine in the sun-in bottle)

ingredients:

Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Lemon Extract,  Marigold (Calendula Officinalis Flower) Extract, Flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Cetyldimonium Phosphate, Dimethicone Copolyol Phosphate, Glycerin, Quaternium-80, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA. (222-294).

I also discovered on another message board the suggestion of adding Chammomile Tea. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2006 08:50:39 PM »

Sounds cool... does it work on curly/not dyed hair? I've wanted to lighten my hair but I'm not willing to try dying yet.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2006 09:21:51 PM »

Honestly, I don't know. I don't have curly hair, but I'd immagine as long as you comb it in/brush it in it will work just the same?
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2006 08:42:37 AM »

oh this is such a good idea! I'm dying to try it, now. what kind of peroxide (as I am not the most drug-store savvy person) did you use? Smiley

I have the 3% kind that I picked up at the dollar store to be honest. 
d using it. I think if you used straight peroxide like women did in the 50's to bleach their hair it might, but since it's being diluted, i think it's fine. **

**edit: found on wiki: Note: Household hydrogen peroxide has a 3% concentration; hair bleaches usually have a concentration of greater than 6%.
household peroxide is safe and you won't get "peroxide posioning".

oh thanks! my mother hopefully wont be paranoid about me trying this over summer break!
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