All-Natural At Home Highlights
by Ning Chao
Published Jun 07, 2011
How do you get gorgeous highlights without bleach or peroxide? Jennifer Aniston's longtime hair colorist Michael Canale (who's also responsible for supermodels Heidi Klum and Carolyn Murphy's sun-kissed strands) reveals all-natural hair highlighting cocktails that you can apply at home. "The acid in alcohol opens up the cuticle layer to speed up the actual lightening process of the sun on your hair," Michael explains. "Sun In will make your hair orange, but lemon juice and natural acids won't." Except for the egg yolk recipe below, both the Vodka Spritzer and the Rum Fizz are meant to be sprayed on hair before you go out in the sun (twist hair into braids or a bun). The more times you use these recipes, the lighter your hair will look.
2 parts seltzer
1 part vodka
"Vodka has a clear blue tone to it, so it lightens hair without it going orange. You can also clean out red brassy tones with this mixture," says Michael.
2 parts seltzer
1 part rum
"This is how models in Brazil get caramel tones in their hair. They spray a little in their hair and go out in the sun without the hair turning brassy," says Michael.
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"Straight egg yolk has the ability to lighten hair because of the natural acids in the yolks. This is what they do in Spain. It gets gooey and sticky though, so you only want to leave it in your hair for an hour," Michael says. "If you apply this with foil or plastic, it's a natural, at-home highlight." Do not sit out in the sun with this mixture, unless you're okay with having scrambled eggs in your hair!